AOTF Events at the AOTA Annual Conference Inspire

Every year, AOTF sponsors several events at the AOTA Annual Conference. Plus, be sure to visit the AOTF virtual booth!

Registration opening soon for these AOTF 2021 AOTA Inspire Conference events:

  • Evening with a Scholar (CE), Monday, April 12, 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST
    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.
    $35 per person.
    View his Ted Talk
  • State of the Science Symposium (CE), Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
    Intersections of Occupation and Self-Management of Chronic ConditionsAOTF SOS
    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.
    Mary C. Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Southern California; 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; Kristine Carandang, PhD, OTR/L, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Alix Sleight, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
    $20 per person. 
  • AOTA-AOTF Award Ceremony, Time and Date TBD

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting select AOTF events at AOTA conference!

Also, stay tuned for more to come in OT Month from AOTF:

  • Scientific Career Excellence Symposium, TBD
    Presentations from Early Career and Mid-Career Awardees, and newly inducted members to the Academy of Research.
  • 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).