AOTF Events at the AOTA Annual Conference

Foundation Friday at AOTA Conference 2022


Breakfast with a Scholar (CE)
April 1, 2022

An Unquiet Mind: Professional and Personal Insights About Living with Depression and Bipolar Illness
Kay Redfield Jamison, M.A., Ph.D.

A Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kay Redfield Jamison is an international authority and researcher on mood disorders. Named a “Hero of Medicine" by TIME, she has unique insight into the world of mental illness. Dr. Jamison went public with her own struggle with manic depression in a 1995 Washington Post article and subsequent New York Times bestseller, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, which according to Oliver Sacks, M.D, “stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance, and beauty.” Since its release, she has become a trusted advocate for the millions who suffer from mental illness.

Dr. Jamison will share her deeply personal experience with mania and depression and the impact on her intersecting worlds of researcher, clinician, teacher and patient. She’ll discuss her “War for Mental Health”, having initially refused the same treatment she often encouraged her patients to follow. And the support she received from colleagues, family and friends when she went public with her illness. She’ll also address how mental health impacts occupational therapy and provide inspiration for the OT professional.

With her professional and personal insights about living with depression and bipolar illness, Dr. Jamison’s lectures have been described by audiences as profoundly enlightening experiences. Through her candor and simplicity, Jamison addresses the clinical and personal realities of mental illness in a manner that encourages dialogue, empathy and hope.

State of the Science Symposium (CE)

More coming soon!

Research Excellence Symposium

More coming soon!

Fun Fact: Did you know the Slagle Lecture will be given by our AOTF Board Vice Chair, Kristie Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA ?

Foundation Week at AOTA Conference 2021




  • Breakfast Evening with a Scholar (CE)
    Dr. BJ Miller

    What Really Matters at End of Life, Dr. BJ Miller
    Preeminent speaker on palliative and end-of-life care, Dr. BJ Miller draws on expertise as a physician, former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project, and a patient. He is an advocate for a health system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering. Dr. Miller will discuss the importance of keeping the patient at the center of care and encouraging empathetic end-of-life care, including how COVID-19 has significantly altered the end-of-life process.Dr. BJ Miller book
    Value Package- $55 per person
    - Registration with on-demand access through June 30, 2021
    - Signed copy of A Beginner's Guide to the End (includes shipping)
    Registration Only- $35 per person. Includes on-demand access through June 30, 2021.
    Signed Copy of A Beginner's Guide to the End Only- $25 (includes shipping)
    Note: AOTF Inspire pass registration is not required to attend this program. Originally aired April 12, 2021.
    View program brochure

  • State of the Science Symposium (CE)

    Intersections of Occupation and Self-Management of Chronic Conditions
    Senior investigators and their mentees will present exemplars of occupational therapy research programs addressing a broad range of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. Consideration will be given to the occupational dimensions of living with and managing chronic conditions, elective occupational therapy intervention strategies to improve health and well-being in these populations, and methodological considerations to developing and carrying out occupational science and occupational therapy research on chronic conditions.
    SOS speakers
    (From left) Moderator: Mary C. Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Southern California; Speakers: Kathleen D. Lyons, ScD, OTR/L, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of New Mexico; Beth Pyatak, PhD, OTR/L, CDE, University of Southern California; Alix Sleight, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute; Kristine Carandang, PhD, OTR/L, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center
    Registration now closed-$20 per person- Includes on-demand access through June 30, 2021. Note: AOTF Inspire pass registration is not required to attend this program. View Program Brochure

  • Short Course 418 - AOTF & OTJR Short Course: Advances in Technology to Enhance Manuscript Writing & Publishing

    OTJR editorial board members will introduce emerging technologies that enhance scholarly writing. Presenters will illustrate the practical application of integrating these technologies to strengthen manuscript writing, formatting, reviewing, revising, submission, and dissemination. Through enhancing both knowledge of and access to resources, scholars and practitioners may improve their skills and efficiency in writing, reviewing, revising, and sharing of their scholarly work. Originally aired Friday, April 9, 2021.
    Dr. Sherrilene Classen - Editor-in-Chief, OTJR; Melissa Knott - Assistant Editor; Dr. Sarah Krasniuk - Review Board Member, Amanda Vatinno - Editorial Fellow; and Jessicca Lipowski, SAGE Publishing Editor. (Included with AOTA Inspire registration.)

  • AOTA-AOTF Award Ceremony (Monday, April 26, 7-9:00 p.m. ET) - View on Youtube

AOTF Sponsors 2021


​Cancellation Policy
You will be charged the full amount and a refund will not be given for the Evening with a Scholar and State of the Science events, however you will have on-demand access through June 30, 2021.

More AOTF Week Events:

  • Research Excellence Symposium, April 14, 6-8 p.m. ET

    Presentations from Early Career and Mid-Career Awardees, and newly inducted members to the Academy of Research.
    Kathleen Doyle Lyons, ScD, OTR/L, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li, PhD, OTR/L, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
    Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    View Recording

  • AOTF Scavenger Hunt

    OT Students: Chance to win 1 of 5 $50 Amazon gift cards. Complete the scavenger hunt by Apr. 29, 2021.
    Sponsored by EBS Healthcare  
  • PTE Events will also be conducted separately from AOTA conference this year.

Long-running AOTF Events at the AOTA Annual Conference

Breakfast with a Scholar


AOTF's signature event, Breakfast with a Scholar provides a forum for sharing the ideas of preeminent scholars (usually from other disciplines) that resonate with occupational therapy.

State of the Science Symposium


Each year, AOTF selects a topic to explore and invites respected researchers to summarize scientifically validated evidence that guides best practice and identify gaps in the evidence and research priorities that must be addressed to support future practice. This integrated review of the state of the science includes a discussion of the implications for practice, education, research, and policy.

Research Colloquium


An AOTF tradition from 1982 to 2014, the Research Colloquium provided a forum where scientists engaged in the important process of constructive critique and dialogue.

Qualitative Research Exchange


The Qualitative Research Exchange provided a forum for sharing new ideas related to current and emerging theoretical and practical issues in qualitative research.


2015 Gala - Champagne and Chocolate. Celebrating AOTF's 50th Anniversary. 
2014 Gala -- Express Yourself! AOTF and friends celebrated creativity at this American Visionary Art Museum. 
2013 Gala -- AOTF saluted the military at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
2012 Gala -- Dancing with the Stars (Indy-Style).