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Welcome to Pi Theta Epsilon!

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. Its mission is to promote research and scholarship among occupational therapy students. PTE recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in accredited educational programs across the United States.

Mission

The mission of Pi Theta Epsilon is to support the practice of occupational sciences and the practice of authentic occupational therapy by promoting research, leadership, and scholarly activities by its members. In this way, the organization serves not only the profession, but helps to ensure quality healthcare services for the general public.

Purpose

The purposes of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), as stated in the society's constitution, are to:

  • Recognize and encourage scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students
  • Contribute to the advancement of the field of occupational therapy through scholarly activities, such as research development, continuing education, and information exchange between student and alumni members; and
  • Provide a vehicle for students enrolled in accredited programs in occupational therapy to exchange information and to collaborate regarding scholarly activities.

Ideals 

  • Stimulate, recognize, and reward clinical practice that demonstrates the principles of authentic occupational therapy; and
  • Stimulate, recognize and reward educational systems that support excellence in scholarship, research, and critical thinking (related to authentic OT) in its students and faculty.

For example, we want to support educational systems which prepare students to:

  • Become practitioners of authentic occupational therapy;
  • Endeavor to conduct research;
  • Strive to attain the ideals of PTE; and
  • Stimulate research through a program of awards and mentorship. 

History

Pi Theta Epsilon began at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 1958.  In 1987, the American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association (ASCOTA), now the Association of Student Delegates (ASD), surveyed existing chapters about standards to establish and maintain a national honor society. In 1988, the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation agreed to provide sponsorship and assistance in achieving recognition as a national honor society.  An advisory committee was established and an operating budget was provided to support Pi Theta Epsilon activities through 1994. Work was undertaken to increase the number of chapters, register a logo, and become recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). By March 1995, there were 43 operational chapters in the United States.  In 2008, the AOTF Bylaws were amended to include the PTE president as a voting member of the Foundation Board of Directors. There are currently 132 active chapters. 

Pi Theta Epsilon is governed by a Constitution that is upheld by elected officers who constitute a national executive committee. The annual meeting of chapter delegates is held at the AOTA Annual Conference.

Become a Partner or Sponsor

By partnering with PTE, you'll support the practice of occupational sciences and the practice of authentic occupational therapy by promoting research, leadership, and scholarly activities by its members.

Contact pte@aotf.org for more information.

Past Presidents
Pooja A. Patel, DrOT, OTR/L

PTE: Officers

PTE President J.M. Trevino, MS, OTR/L

PTE President J.M. Trevino, MS, OTR/L
Term: 2022-2024

J. M. Treviño graduated from the Historically Black University, Howard University (HU) in Washington, D.C. (Beta Alpha chapter), with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2020. OT is her second career, as she spent a decade providing psychosocial rehabilitation and case management services to children and adolescents with severe mental health conditions. It was through her previous work that she found OT and immediately began taking prerequisite courses to apply to graduate school. While at HU, Jay completed her thesis on the role of OT with survivors of sexual violence, as well as a research internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her OT areas of interests include mental health, academia, research, advocacy, legislation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As treasurer, Jay strives to promote the mission of PTE, fulfill the functions of the role as treasurer, increase communications between executive board members and chapters, and increase scholarship opportunities for underrepresented/marginalized persons within OT.

PTE Vice President Ali Lannom, OTD, OTR/L, CEES, CLIPP

PTE Vice President Ali Lannom, OTD, OTR/L, CEES, CLIPP
Term: 2021-2023

Ali Lannom (OTD, OTR/L, CEES, CLIPP) is a graduate of Huntington University’s doctorate in occupational therapy program, where she focused in upper extremity and prosthetic rehabilitation. Ali completed her doctoral capstone in Nashville, TN, where she advocated for occupational therapy and individuals with limb loss both locally and internationally. During her time, Ali collaborated with prosthetists, surgeons, neuromodulation specialists, and non-profits to improve functional outcomes and quality of life in upper and lower extremity amputees. To better understand prosthetic technology and rehabilitation, she has obtained 25 certificates from various prosthetic manufacturers and therapy specialists. Ali created the Living in MOTion project to be a resource for individuals with limb loss, therapy students, and therapists to provide free educational information on health, wellness, and adaptations. Through her initiatives, she raised over $20,000 to provide prosthetic devices for those in need, assisted with prosthetic device development, and created the Someone Else’s Shoes #SESChalellenge that went viral on social media outlets.  Ali is now employed at STAR Physical Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee and is developing the state’s first comprehensive prosthetic rehabilitation program.

 

 

PTE Secretary Allison Mcgauvran, OTD

PTE Secretary Allison Mcgauvran, OTD
Term: 2022-2024

Allison is a recent graduate from the University of North Dakota’s inaugural occupational therapy doctorate program (May 2022). She completed her doctoral capstone in North Dakota, where she worked with program development and advocacy to create a virtual support group for survivors of loss by suicide for North Dakota and Minnesota residents. Allison served as the Kappa chapter’s vice president, where she adapted the chapter’s first virtual induction ceremonies following the start of the pandemic. Allison received an undergraduate degree in psychology, which has contributed to her interest in occupational therapy’s role in mental health, an area that she hopes to pursue after graduation. As secretary, Allison aims to increase communication and promote collaboration with all PTE chapters.

PTE Treasurer Melissa D. Leong, MS, OTR/L, CDP

PTE Treasurer Melissa D. Leong, MS, OTR/L, CDP
Term: 2022-2025

Melissa Leong is a bilingual occupational therapist who works in both in-patient and home health settings, where she strengthens her skills and creates resources for culturally diverse populations. Throughout her time at Howard University, it was important to her to be involved in mentorship and scholarly activity, as she completed her own master thesis, while also being a student leader. Not only is she committed to fulfilling the position as National Treasurer, she believes she can also add value to the team. First, she would like to take action to increase PTE’s engagement surrounding those underrepresented in our profession by creating more scholarships and resources available. Second, she would create more dialogue and communication for members across the national chapters. Lastly, she would work on collaborating on other projects that would align with PTE’s mission.