AOTF Scientific Advisory Council

AOTF convened its Scientific Advisory Council (formally the AOTF Research Commission) in 2012.  In 2015, the AOTF Scientific Advisory Council became a standing committee of the AOTF Board of Trustees. The Scientific Advisory Council advises the AOTF Board and the CEO on priorities and programs for advancing the science of occupational therapy that supports people’s full participation in meaningful life activities.  


 Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

 University of Southern California

 Los Angeles, California



 Leeanne M. Carey, PhD, BAppSc(OT) 

 The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health 

 Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia


 Susan M. Fitzpatrick, PhD

 James S. McDonnell Foundation

 St. Louis, Missouri 


 Helene J. Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), OT(C), FCAOT, FCAHS

 University of Toronto

 Toronto, Ontario, Canada


 Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 University of Pittsburgh

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


 Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 University of Pittsburgh

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


 Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

 Boston University

 Boston, Massachusetts


 Chair, American Occupational Therapy Foundation


 Scott Campbell, PhD 
 CEO, American Occupational Therapy Foundation

In addition, the AOTA Academic and Scientific Affairs Officer (Dr. Neil Harvison) and the editor of OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (Dr. Sherrilene Classen) are invited to participate in all meetings that address research priorities and joint initiatives for advancing the science of occupational therapy.  



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