Dr. Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, was one of the most influential and transformational figures in occupational therapy. The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO), which he developed along with Janice Burke, is one of the most widely used theories in occupation therapy research and practice. However, as important and impactful as MOHO is, it is only one piece of Gary’s legacy. He was a mentor, colleague and collaborator with hundreds of students, faculty members, researchers and practitioners from around the world. He was a visionary who broke new ground and reshaped perspectives of social justice, human volition and helped to bridge the gap between research and practice. He was an AOTA Fellow, one of the 100 Influential OTs named by AOTA, recipient of the AOTA Award of Merit and the AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award and an inaugural inductee into the AOTF Academy of Research.
Central to both AOTF’s mission and Gary’s work is the development of new research talent in occupational therapy. It is an issue that addresses not only the need for more evidence in OT but the need for future leaders in the field.
Now AOTF, with the support of Gary’s family, friends, colleagues and the OT community, is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Student Scholarship in Occupational Therapy.
Gary embodied the best qualities of our profession; intellectual curiosity, volunteerism and a purpose-driven life. Gary was generous, always available to help others, continually looking for ways to strengthen the profession and help people with new opportunities to succeed. It is this wonderful combination of talent, passion and leadership that makes Gary an exemplary model for emerging scientists and a person AOTF is delighted to recognize with research-focused award.
Donors who wish to support this scholarship and secure Gary’s legacy may make a gift to the Kielhofner Fund. Contact Lawrence Liff, AOTF Chief Development Officer.