Upcoming Events

April 3-7, 2019

PTE Events at the AOTA Annual Conference

AOTA Annual Conference registration and housing is now open.

Wednesday, April 3:

  • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm PTE Faculty Advisors' Workshop

Thursday, April 4:    

  • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm  PTE Alumni Reception & Poster Session
  • 1:30 pm-3:00 pm  PTE Annual Business Meeting.  Chapters are encouraged to have a delegate present to vote on amendments and learn about current and ongoing PTE initiatives.

Saturday, April 6:

  • 9:00 am-10:30 am  PTE Speed Mentoring Session 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Manuscript Writing Academy at the AOTA Annual Conference

Pre-conference Institute 018 at the AOTA Annual Conference.

Peer-reviewed manuscripts remain a primary method of translating and communicating scientific findings and advancing practrice. However, formal instruction in writing for publication is infrequent in academic programs. In this institute, OTJR Editiorial Board members will identify best practices in manuscript writing, submission and revision, and facilitate activities to practice these skills. Attendees will actively learn the attributes, and the review, critique, and revision of a successful manuscript.

Register on the AOTA website

Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:00 am - 11:00 am

AOTF Knowledge Translation Workshop: Partnering to Bring Research Into Practice

AOTF Knowledge Translation Workshop at the AOTA Annual Conference:  Partnering to Bring Research into Practice

Nancy A. Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA.  Tufts University
Partnering to Bring Research into Practice.
Dr. Baker will provide an introduction to concepts related to collaborations between researchers and clinicians

Aimee Piller, PhD, OTR/L. Piller Child Development, LLC
The Knowledge Translation Cycle: Becoming a Consumer and Contributor to Occupational Therapy Evidence
This talk will provide real-life examples of how clinicians can contribute to the body of evidence by performing practice-based research.  The presenter will provide examples of how to perform research studies in the clinical setting using data that is already gathered on a daily basis by clinicians.  Examples of clinician performed research will be provided.  Further, the presenter will discuss how to overcome barriers to performing research in practice including gaining organizational support and partnering with universities to gain access to research tools.  The presenter will use her own practice as an example of the strategies of performing research in practice.

Catherine Backman, PhD, Reg. OT(BC), FCAOT
Tips for Successful Clinician—Academic Research Partnerships
Examples of successfully completed research projects will be shared that relied on a partnership between occupational therapy clinicians and academics. These include projects initiated in the clinic with clinicians engaging researchers, projects initiated by academics seeking support from clinicians, and studies created jointly by academics and clinicians to engage students as researchers. Studies in mental health and physical health practice settings will be cited, and tips for success highlighted.

Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR/L and Mary Barber OTR/L
The Magic of Collaboration – One Researcher + One Clinician = Enhanced Patient Treatment in Scleroderma + Published studies!
This talk will explore the synergistic energy produced through a partnership between an OT researcher and OT clinician to test an occupational therapy intervention in a clinical trial for people with scleroderma. Each expert will discuss their contribution to the research and how their roles will contribute to the shared vision of improving clinical practice.

Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, OTR/L
Engaging Clinicians, Organizations and Families to Improve Community Participation for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. 
This talk will discuss a PCORI funded project which engages key healthcare, community, and family stakeholders in research development activities to explore issues and exchange information in relation to community-level occupational therapy interventions aimed at reducing social and environmental barriers and improve access, usability and participation for consumers with disabilities and their families.

Cheryl Miller-Scott, DROT, OTR/L
Practice-based Evidence: Using clinical data to inform practice
This talk will examine how site-specific data can be used as evidence to guide practice.

Included in conference registration

Friday, April 5, 2019 7:00 am - 9:00 am

AOTF Breakfast with a Scholar

Climb Back From Cancer!
Alan Hobson - Mt. Everest Summiteer and Cancer Survivor

From the top of the world to the bottom, Alan Hobson used hard-won lessons learned on Everest to regain an elite level of fitness after a stem cell transplant. To help other cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, he shares the perspective that his "Inner Everests" have dwarfed the outer one...Success isn't about height. It's about depth -- the depth of our experiences and the depths to which we must sometimes reach to come back from our setbacks in life. 

$65 per person. Includes breakfast.  Register on the AOTA website

Friday, April 5, 2019 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

AOTF Mid-Career Research Excellence Award Presentation

The 2019 AOTF Mid-Career Research Excellence Award winner, Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA, will present a short summary of her research on understanding and improving care quality for older adults and how occupational therapy can contribute to interdisciplinary patient-centered outcomes. 

Included in AOTA Conference registration.

Friday, April 5, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AOTF State of the Science Symposium

AOTF State of the Science Symposium at the AOTA Annual Conference.

Caregiving and Family Matters: OT Contributions to Enhancing Health, Quality of Life, and Participation

This Symposium will present exemplars of current caregiver and family-centered occupational therapy research programs representing issues across the lifespan, clinical conditions, intervention contexts, and sociocultural dimensions of health and participation. Consideration will be given to units of analysis, scientific rigor, stakeholder engagement, measurement challenges, and the full range of positive and potentially detrimental outcomes. 


  • Jill Cameron, PhD, University of Toronto    Mentee: Kristina Kororielias, PhD University of Toronto
  • Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L  University of Southern California    Mentee: Carol Hayward, PhD, OTR/L  Northwestern University
  • Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA  Tufts University    Mentee: Megan E. Gately, OTD, OT  Tufts University

$35 per person. Includes light refreshments.  Register through the AOTA website

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Research Resources
February 2019

February 2019

Engagement in Occupations and Activities by Persons with Heart Disease or Post-Stroke

January 2019

January 2019

2019 Academy of Research Inductees

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Press Releases
AOTF Announces Opening of 2016-2017 Scholarship Competition

AOTF Announces Opening of 2016-2017 Scholarship Competition

AOTF 2016 Intervention Research Grants Announced

 AOTF 2016 Intervention Research Grants Announced 

AOTF Announces Research Priorities to Support Effective, Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy

AOTF Announces Research Priorities to Support Effective, Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy

Foundation Announces Opening of 2015-2016 Scholarship Competition

Foundation Announces Opening of 2015-2016 Scholarship Competition

AOTF Announces the Charles Christiansen and Beth Jones Endowed Scholarship

AOTF Announces the Charles Christiansen and Beth Jones Endowed Scholarship

AOTF Partners with OccupationalTherapy.com for Scholarships

AOTF Partners with OccupationalTherapy.com for Scholarships

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Additional program information is also available in AOTF Annual Reports