Dr. Bloom received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Additional doctoral courses were completed at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Department of Education. She earned a Master of Arts in Management of Health & Human Services from Lesley College and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Bloom has extensive teaching experience in traditional campus programs and on-line virtual classrooms. She is a professor of health systems management and health policy for several prominent universities.
Dr. Bloom has provided administrative leadership and consultation support for numerous social service agencies, healthcare organizations, nursing homes, and community-based elder facilities. Gail is recognized for her ability to identify multifaceted problems and craft efficient practical solutions. Working in complex multicultural urban environments, her expertise includes communications tactics, problem solving, policy analysis, and strategic planning.
Gail is an active volunteer with several nonprofit organizations. As the Special Advisor to the President, assisting with all aspects of planning and development for XP Grupo Luz de Esperanza, she was honored with the first XP Light of Hope Group, Leadership as a Community Health Advocate Award.
Specializing in the diverse needs throughout the lifespan, her primary interests in OT are in gerontology, psychiatry, and community wellness and mental health. She has authored OT textbook chapters on the topic of ethics.
Dr. Bloom is a longstanding Editorial Board member of WORK, since the early years of the journal.