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.
- Not be serving as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees.
Individual American Occupational Therapy Association members or a group of members are eligible to submit nominations.
2024 have closed. 2025 nominations will open June 2024.
- nomination form completed by the candidate.
- one-page summary of career.
- 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.)
- no more than five (5) reprints of publications pertinent to the award in peer-reviewed journals if applicable.
- a recent photograph of nominee (hi-resolution 300 dpi or greater)
- as 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
Contact AOTF Awards Program Manager.