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Academy of Research in Occupational Therapy

Established in 1983, the AOTF Academy of Research in Occupational Therapy recognizes individuals who have made exemplary and distinguished contributions toward the science of occupational therapy. Every year, the Academy of Research invites nominations for membership. After consideration of the nominations and supporting materials, the Academy selects individuals to be inducted into this distinguished body of researchers. Normally, inductions occur during the Award Ceremony at the AOTA Annual Conference and Exposition. 



Members of the AOTF Academy of Research

A. Jean Ayres*, PhD,, OTR, FAOTA (1983)


Nancy Baker, ScD, OTR (2009) 


Grace T. Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2008)


M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2006)


Daniel Bourbonnais, PhD, OT(C) (2007)


Anita Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA (2012)


Leeanne M. Carey, BAppSc(OT), PhD (2009)


Jane Case-Smith*, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2015)


Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1984)


Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1986)


Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA (2012)


Helen S. Cohen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA (2003)


Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1997)


Patricia Davies, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (2010)


Deirdre Rose Dawson, PhD, OT Reg(Ont) (2014)


Jean Deitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (1991)


Johanne Desrosiers, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT (2010)


Winifred Wiese Dunn, PhD< OTR, FAOTA (1993)


Dorothy Farrar Edwards, PhD (2012)


Joyce Engel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2007)


Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT Reg(Ont), OTR (2004)


Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1992)


Susan L. Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA (2006)


Erika G. Gisel, PhD, OTR, erg (1994)


Laura Gitlin, PhD (2001)


Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2014)


Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD OTR, FAOTA (2000)


Christine A. Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2013)


Margo B. Holm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, ABDA (2001)


Naomi Josman, PhD, OT(I) (2015)


Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR (1995)

Gary Wayne Kielhofner*, DrPh, OTR, FAOTA (1984)


Mary Law, PhD, OT(C) (1996)


Mary C. Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L (2004)


Catherine L. Lysack, PhD, OT(C) (2007


Annette Majnemer, BSc(OT), MSC, PhD (2012)


William Charles Mann, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (1994)


Virgil G. Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (2002)


Cheryl Mattingly, PhD (1999)


Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (1988)


Mary Jane Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L (2015)


Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR/L (2011)


David L. Nelson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1991)


Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (1984)


Stephen J. Page, PhD, MS, MOT OTR/L, FAHA (2013)


Shula Parush, PhD, OTR (2008)


Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg(Ont), FCA (1996)


Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2008)


Mary Reilly*, EdD (1983)


Sylvia Anne Rodger, BOcc Thy, MEd St, PhD (2013)


Joan Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (1984)


Mary Lynn Schneider, PhD, OTR (1998)


Suryakumar Shah, PhD, OTD, MEd, OTR (2011)


Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L (2014)


Roger Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow (2010)


Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2003)


Catherine Trombly Latham, ScD OTR/L, FAOTA (1984)


Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR (2000)


Patrice L. Tamar Weiss, BSc(OT), MSc, PhD (2005)


G. Gordon Williamson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA (1993)


Elizabeth June Yerxa, EdD, OTR, FAOTA (1983)

 * deceased

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for 2015 are due September 1, 2014.

Membership in the Academy is limited to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions through research to the advancement of knowledge in occupational therapy. An applicant’s contributions through research will be evaluated in terms of their type, focus, impact and quality, grant funding, research publications and presentations and the applicant's status as a nationally and internationally recognized investigator.

Nominations must include: 


(1) a cover letter, addressed to the Nomination Committee of the Academy of Research, indicating the nominee’s major research contribution(s). A sample cover letter is available; 


(2) three references (cover letter signed by nominator(s) will count towards references); 


(3) a current curriculum vitae of the nominee; 


(4) three to five representative research publications of the nominee; 


(5) a paragraph (150 words or less) describing the nominee’s research to be used in AOTF and AOTA publications; and


(6) a hi-resolution photograph of candidate (300 dpi or greater)


Please send the nomination package via email, using any attachments as necessary, to