Tonia Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L is one of the field project coordinators for Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW). She investigates emerging consumer technology innovation and collaborates with various stakeholders including start-up and established technology companies, researchers, senior care professionals, and senior community members to design, pilot, and train in outside-of-the-box solutions that optimize aging-in-place, wellness, function, independence, and accessibility for older adults. With her background in occupational therapy, Tonia strongly believes facilitating individuals’ continued ability to engage in meaningful activity across the lifespan is a major key to health and wellbeing.
Tonia previously completed her occupational therapy doctoral residency year at FPCIW with a doctoral portfolio of work focused on “Promoting the Role of Occupational Therapists in the Design and Implementation of Innovative Technology Solutions for Meaningful Aging.” She also won the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s Mark and Semira Moshayedi Innovation Award for successfully pitching a proof-of-concept accessory design that supports smartphones as accessible multi-tools for low-vision older adults. Tonia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Master of Arts degree in occupational therapy, and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree all from University of Southern California.