Your Foundation for Life!

Established in 1988


To recognize or support individuals who are committed to the research-related development or testing of theory in occupational therapy with priority given to work in the area of sensory processing. The award is given in honor of A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, whose concentration on developing theory in support of practice was of great significance to the profession of occupational therapy.


  • Be initially certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, formerly the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board.
  • Be a member in good standing of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Not be serving as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Board of Directors.

Nomination Procedures

Individual American Occupational Therapy Association members or a group of members are eligible to submit nominations.

Send five (5) copies of the nomination package to the Chairman of the AOTF Awards of Recognition Committee at P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or you may email your nomination to Jeanne Cooper at jcooper@aotf.orgDeadline for receipt of 2016 nominations for awards to be given at the AOTA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition is October 1, 2015.


Please include:

  • nomination form completed by the candidate.
  • letter of nomination.
  • two (2) letters of support.
  • current curriculum vitae of candidate which must include a list of publications, and/or presentations (seminars, symposia, workshops, scientific papers, awards, and honors.)
  • reprints of publications published in external professional journals if applicable.
  • a recent photograph of nominee (hi-resolution 300 dpi or greater)
  • an addendum to the nomination letter, a short paragraph of no more than 100 words to appear in professional publications citing the nominee's contributions.
  • Individuals nominated but not selected may be re-nominated in succeeding years.

Criteria for Selection 

  • Type of contribution (practice, education, or research)
  • Extent of contribution (scope and depth)
  • Quality of contribution
  • Sphere of influence
  • Recognition by others
  • Benefit to the profession