Advancing the Science of OT


Participate in the 2023 St. Catherine Challenge!

St Catherine Challenge Participate


OT Schools:

  • Improve delivery of quality care by supporting evidence-based practice.
  • Earn prizes and national recognition for your school at the AOTA Annual Conference.
  • Support AOTF grants that are essential first-round funding necessary to collect and analyze data, publish findings, apply for larger grants, and conduct future studies.

 Join us for the kick-off meeting and toolkit in late September!


Dagny Fidler, PhD


Dagny Fidler, Ph.D. is Assistant Academic Coordinator for Morningside University coordinating courses for teachers seeking certification to work with students who have multiple disabilities. Her educational background is in special education with a MS in Ed. from Drexel University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Dr. Fidler has worked as a teacher, support teacher, consultant, administrator, and professor. She retired from her position as a special education administrator for Des Moines Schools where she worked mostly with students who had significant intellectual disabilities or severe behavior disorders. Over the years, she worked closely with OTs, PTs, and other related service staff providing instruction to students. She has worked with students at all grade levels in inner city and suburban settings as well as in state run facilities and public schools. Dr. Fidler has been actively involved with the Council for Exceptional Children serving on the Division for...