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AOTF Events at 2020 AOTA Annual Conference

Boston, MA
March 25-28

  • Pre-Conference Institute- Manuscript Writing and Reviewing, Wednesday, March 25, 8 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
  • AOTF Short Courses (3), Thursday, March 26
  • Breakfast with a Scholar, Friday, March 27, 7:00 a.m.
  • Early-Career and Mid-Career Research Excellence Awardees Presentations Friday, March 27, 9:30—11:30 a.m.
  • State of the Science Symposium, Friday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • PTE Events and More!


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Thanks to all the 2020 participating schools!

Over $54,000 was raised by participating schools to fund another Intervention Research Grant (IRG).

The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led fundraising initiative to support occupational therapy research grants awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Scientific Programs Officer

Varleisha Gibbs has been an occupational therapist for 17 years. Leadership has been an integral part of her career and academic preparation. Dr. Gibbs is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Columbia University’s Programs in Occupational Therapy. In addition, she holds doctoral degrees from Thomas Jefferson University and Seton Hall University. With a PhD in Health Sciences Leadership from Seton Hall University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences, her preparation ignited an interest in research within the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Gibbs’ experience as a principal investigator, and research team member, allots her the skillset and drive needed to increase translational research and implementation science within the field of occupational therapy. As a tenured associate professor, she was actively involved in scholarship and sat on the IRB board at Wesley College for two years. As an instructor of Leadership and Scholarly Inquiry, and...

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