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Top 5 New Initiatives in 2024

I'm thrilled to share some exciting news as AOTF approaches its 60th anniversary next year. We're dedicated to leaving a lasting legacy in the field of occupational therapy, and this year is packed with incredible initiatives to achieve that goal.

  1. New Funding Opportunities: Calling all occupational therapy researchers! We're proud to announce new funding programs named after occupational therapy icons, first after M. Carolyn Baum. This prestigious $10,000 grant supports mentored research endeavors. Applications open in early October.

  2. The next scholarship we are announcing is the Dr. A. Jean Ayres Doctoral Candidate Scholarship. With this scholarship, you can pursue your research dreams related to sensory processing and occupational therapy theory.

  3. Special Issue of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR): Mark your calendars for a special edition of the OTJR focusing on the Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) model. This issue delves into the connection between occupation and health, the impact of environments, and the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions. Stay tuned for insights to improve participation in meaningful activities!

  4. AOTF Engage Summit 2024: Join us in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, on October 10-11th for a groundbreaking event connecting researchers and community partners. Showcase your impactful work, network with colleagues, and learn from experts. Register by September 18th and take advantage of available community partner travel stipends!

  5. Empowering Your Research Journey: AOTF is committed to supporting your research success. We've significantly expanded our resources to include:

  • Enhanced Research Resources: New toolkits, databases, and informative videos guide you through the research process.

  • Planning Grant Collectives: Collaborate with colleagues to develop strong research proposals.

  • Expanded External Funding Opportunities: Discover additional funding sources to support your research endeavors.

Together, let's create a future where occupational therapy research thrives and impacts the lives of countless individuals.

Sincerely,

Scott Campbell, PhD

AOTF CEO

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Research Resources Newsletters

October 2022 Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

Future Scientists Program | Academy of Research | OTJR Special Section | Webinar Series | Take the Challenge

September 2022 Newsletter

September 2022 Newsletter

Funding Deadlines | OTJR Special Issue | Webinar Series | Take the Challenge | Board Meeting

August 2022 Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

Funding Opening | OTJR Editors Choice | New Webinar Series | Awards Closing

July 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

Funding Opening Soon | How to Select a Journal | New Webinar Series | Grant Recipient Update

June 2022 Newsletter

June 2022 Newsletter

Award Nominations Open | OTJR New Issue | New Webinar Series | Reviewers Wanted

May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter

OT Summit | OTJR Top Reviewer | WISH Workshop | Future Scientists Institute Recap

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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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Selected Previous Initiatives of the AOTF

The Center for Outcomes Research and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

1994-2002

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 Annual 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.

Program for the Study of Habits, Health, and Society

1999-2007

From 1999 to 2007, the AOTF Institute sponsored three interdisciplinary conferences to enable scholarly exploration of the construct of human habit and its role in everyday life. 

The third of these conference, "Habits III," convened in January 2007 and involved eighty-nine scholars representing twelve fields and disciplines. The proceedings of this conference, entitled Habit and Rehabilitation: Promoting Participation, are available through the publisher SLACK, Inc. as the supplement to the fall 2007 issue of OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health. 

Task Force on Occupation in Societal Crises

2002

Task Force on Occupation in Societal Crises, created in 2002 in response to the attack on 9/11, linked occupational therapy perspectives to societal networks that help people manage stress and create a healthy balance through meaningful occupation.