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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. 

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.
Nomination Procedures

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

The members of the AOTF Academy of Research:
Inducted in 2014
  • Deirdre Rose Dawson, PhD, OT Reg(Ont)
  • Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L 

Inducted in 2013
  • Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Stephen Page, PhD, MS, MOT, FAHA
  • Sylvia Rodger, BOcc Thy, MEd St, PhD
Inducted in 2012
  • Anita Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Dorothy Farrar Edwards, PhD
  • Annette Majnemer, PhD, OT(C), FCAHS
Inducted in 2011

  • Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR/L
  • Suryakumar Shah, PhD, OTD, MEd, OTR, FAOTA
Inducted in 2010
  • Patricia L. Davies, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Johanne Desrosiers, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT
  • Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
Inducted in 2009
  • Nancy A. Baker, ScD, OTR/L
  • Leeanne Carey, BAppSC(OT), PhD

Inducted in 2008

  • Grace T. Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Shula Parush, PhD, OTR
  • Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Inducted in 2007

  • Daniel Bourbonnais, PhD, OT(C)
  • Joyce Engel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Catherine Lysack, PhD, OT(C)

Inducted in 2006

  • M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 
  • Susan L. Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM

Inducted in 2005 

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

Inducted in 2004

  • Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OTR/L
  • Mary C. Lawlor, ScD, OTR, FAOTA

Inducted in 2003

  • Helen Cohen, EdD, OTR
  • Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Inducted in 2002

  • Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Inducted in 2001 

  • Laura Gitlin, PhD
  • Margo Holm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Inducted in 2000

  • Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR 

Inducted in 1999

  • Betty R. Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Cheryl Mattingly, PhD 

Inducted in 1998

  • Mary Lynn Schneider, PhD, OTR 

Inducted in 1997 

  • Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Inducted in 1996 

  • Mary Law, PhD, OT(C)
  • Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT(C)

Inducted in 1995 

  • Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR

Inducted in 1994

  • Erika G. Gisel, PhD, OTR
  • William C. Mann, PhD, OTR, FAOTA 

Inducted in 1993

  • Winifred W. Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • G. Gordon Williamson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Inducted in 1992

  • Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Inducted in 1991 

  • Jean C. Deitz, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • David L. Nelson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Inducted in 1988

  • Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR 

Inducted in 1986

  • Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Florence Clark, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Inducted in 1984

  • *Gary W. Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Catherine A. Trombly, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Inducted in 1983

  • *A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
  • *Mary Reilly, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
  • Elizabeth J. Yerxa, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

* Deceased

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