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Programs and Partnerships


Programs and partnerships of AOTF include:

Initiatives of its own and in cooperation with likeminded organizations within and beyond the field of occupational therapy:


Initiatives in partnership with the American Occupational Therapy Association:



Selected previous initiatives of the AOTF have included:


  • Doctoral Network
  • Program for the Study of Habits, Health, and Society
  • Task Force on Occupation in Societal Crises, created in 2002, linked occupational therapy perspectives to societal networks that help people manage stress and create a healthy balance through meaningful occupation.
  • The Center for Outcomes Research and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, funded in 1994 and supported through 2003, developed outcomes studies and generated evidence upon which to base effective practice. Since 1994, CORE doctoral and post-doctoral fellows have generated over $11 million in funding. The concept of a scholarship of practice has generated two new international efforts in London and Stockholm to replicate CORE's idea of advancing and documenting the outcomes of practice. Notably, these efforts bring together scholars and practitioners in a common effort.CORE sponsored a series of events at the 2002 AOTA conference in Miami and a one-day institute at the AOTA Council on Education Program Directors' Meeting in November 2002.CORE and AOTF sponsored a scientific panel on Participatory Action Research at the AOTA annual conference in June 2003.

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