AOTF works closely with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to support a variety of programs designed to advance research, education, and leadership in occupational therapy. Several of these joint initiatives are undertaken during the annual AOTA Conference and Exhibition while others are undertaken throughout the year.
AOTF/AOTA Intervention Research Grants
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the American Occupational Therapy Association announced a major initiative to support intervention research beginning summer, 2013.
The goals of this initiative are to:
- Develop innovative interventions to build bridges between research-evidence-practice.
- Focus on issues of importance to clients, families, practitioners, and policy makers.
- Cultivate interdisciplinary research teams and partner with communities.
- Include underserved and diverse populations in research.
- Mentor new investigators and researchers.
The current research priorities are autism spectrum disorders and health issues related to aging. Studies that lay the necessary groundwork for larger intervention studies or health services research are especially encouraged.
Accelerating Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (ACTOR) Conference
December 1–2, 2011
This conference was designed to address the insufficient number of published clinical trials and outcomes research in occupational therapy and related discipline. It increased scientists’ understanding of the design and conduct of rigorous clinical trials and outcomes research and increased the research capacity in occupational therapy and related disciplines by providing them with tools and collaborative opportunities. Click here
to view ACTOR conference videos.
At the 2009 AOTA Annual Conference and Exhibition, in Houston, Texas, these initiatives included:
AOTA/AOTF Special Forum: Developing a Research Enterprise: Dialogue for the Future of the Profession
This dialogue - the first of its kind jointly supported by AOTF and AOTA - responded to a recommendation made in the fall of 2008, at an ad hoc meeting of occupational therapy program directors, to address the challenges of building and sustaining productive research enterprises in different academic setting, as well as strategies for identifying, supporting, and mentoring emerging scientists. Learn more about the topics addressed through the program agenda and audio of the proceedings.
Audio Part I
Introduction and Welcome
Ruth Ann Watkins, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA, AOTF President
AOTA’s Centennial Vision and the Current Climate for Research in Higher Education
Penny Moyers-Cleveland, EdD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA, AOTA President
AOTA/AOTF Joint Collaborations in Research
Susan Lin, ScD, OTR/L, AOTA Director of Research
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
Concluding Remarks and Goal-Setting
Joan Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Addressing Challenges Related to Launching a Beginning-Stage Research Enterprise
Penny Moyers-Cleveland, EdD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA, AOTA President
Thomas Fisher, PhD, OTR, CCM, FAOTA
Moderator: Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Audio Part II
Addressing Challenges Related to Moving Forward in a Mid-Stage Research Enterprise
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Julie D Bass Haugen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Moderator: Sharon Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Audio Part III
Addressing Challenges Related to Sustaining an Established Research Enterprise
Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Moderator: Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Conclusion and Future Planning
AOTA/AOTF Pre-Conference Institute 003 - Meet the Grant Makers
This pre-AOTA Conference institute was targeted to doctoral-level researchers with defined research plans - and especially to postdoctoral research fellows - who are aiming to obtain research funding in the immediate future and who and wish to meet, learn from, and discuss potential collaborations with representatives of grant makers whose funding priorities relate to the Research Priorities and Parameters of Practice for Occupational Therapy. After presentations from representatives of federal agencies and private foundations, attendees met the speakers and exchanged thoughts in roundtable sessions. In advance of the forum, a survey was sent to registrants via email to facilitate organization overall and the roundtable sessions in particular. Representatives from the following organizations participated in the program: American Heart Association; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Biological Sciences and Career Development, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), Eunice Kennedy Shriver) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
AOTA/AOTF Postdoctoral Research and Networking Forum
This forum provided current postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to dialogue with members of AOTF's Academy of Research
, who offererd strategies related to selecting an institution and a position involving research, writing successful grant proposals, obtaining tenure, and identifying and connecting with mentors and research collaborators.
AOTA/AOTF Workshop: The Latest OT Research: Innovative Research and the Career Pathways of Scientists
This workshop spotlighted the latest research and career pathways of scientists who have received research training awards. Faculty from programs with NIH K12 training programs described the application process and the educational and training opportunities. Finally, participants discussed how to increase the research capacity of the profession of occupational therapy. Speakers included M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and member of the AOTF Academy of Research, Washington University; Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, and member of the AOTF Academy of Research, University of Pittsburgh; William Mann, PhD, OTR/L, and member of the AOTF Academy of Research, University of Florida, Gainesville; Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR, University of Michigan; Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR, Indiana University, Indianapolis; Sandra Winkler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, University of Florida, Gainesville; Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, OTR/L; University of Florida, Gainesville; Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, University of Pittsburgh, and Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, Boston University.