Special Events and Webinars

AOTF Foundation Friday at AOTA Inspire Now On Demand 

April 1, 2022 | On Demand/In-person, San Antonio, TX
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2022 Research Excellence Symposium

2022 Research Excellence Symposium


April 2022 
Presentations from 2022 Academy of Research Inductees and Early Career & Mid-Career Awardees.



WISH Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop in Implementation Science and Health Services: Advancing Grant Writing Skills for Rehabilitation Researchers

Washington, DC | May 18-20, 2022

CoHSTAR, LeaRRn, and AOTF invites rehabilitation researchers with an interest in implementation science and/or health services research to submit an application to participate in our Intensive Workshop. Following 6 successful years of CoHSTAR’s intensive grant writing workshops for physical therapists, WISH expands the format and content of prior workshops and opens the eligibility to rehabilitation researchers from any profession.

Registration is complimentary. Plus, a select number of travel awards are available for:

  • Junior Faculty or Trainees
  • Researchers who self-identify as being from a population underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce, based on the NIH description.

Workshop Tracks:
1) Implementation science
2) Health services research

Participants in each track will be assigned to mentored pods to discuss and critique draft research proposals.

Application Submission Deadline: January 15, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2022

Past Events

Occupational Therapy Across the SCI Lifespan 

Originally aired Sept. 29, 2021, 3 p.m. ET

This webinar is FREE to attend. Live captioning will be available and recording link will be sent to all registrants. (Not eligible for CEs)

Nurse Linda hosts two occupational therapists in this joint presentation between the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation to observe Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September.

  • Coaching Care Partners of Children with SCI-  Mary Jane Mulcahey Ph.D., OTR/L, CHC, CLP, FASIA, AOTF Board Chair 
  • Exercise, Physical Activity, and Adapted Sports for Persons with an SCI- Kerri Morgan, Ph.D., OTR/L, AOTF Board Trustee


AOTF Event


Authentic Stakeholder Participation in Research

Available On Demand (Originally aired live June 22, 2021)

Join AOTF for an enlightening discussion on the meaningful roles, positive impacts and improved outcomes of stakeholder engagement in research. Our four panelists will share their unique stories as stakeholders; exploring the practices, opportunities, barriers and benefits of stakeholder participation in, and throughout the research process, all with an aim to improve the delivery of care. This will be a virtual event with a live Q&A following the speakers. The Zoom link will be emailed directly to registrants. 

Please consider making a donation at checkout to support OT research.

All proceeds from the live event supported the AOTF Intervention Research Grant (IRG) program. The IRG is a unique, seed-funding opportunity for OT, providing vital financial resources for the collection of pilot data and building proof of concept. Your support today will help address one of the critical gaps that exist in OT research, early-stage funding.

As a philanthropic gift to AOTF, your ticket may be tax-deductible to the extent of the law. See Online Giving Privacy Policy and State Non-Profit Disclosures.


Dr. Stephen Shore is a full professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. He is a current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organization for Autism Research, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Anna Perng is a disabled Asian American advocate, founder of the Chinatown Disability Advocacy Project, and was President Obama's designee to the White House Interagency Council on Women and Girls. Anna works to help teach families in the Greater Philadelphia area about their civil rights and empower them to advocate for change. She is also a parent to two wonderful children with multiple disabilities. She is currently leading the Philadelphia COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition to connect health providers and diverse communities to promote vaccine equity.

Pamela Quinn is a professional dancer, choreographer and founder of the PD Movement Lab, an innovative educational tool designing new approaches to the many day-to-day physical challenges faced by people with Parkinson's and allowing PwPs to rediscover mobility and greater physical freedom. Pamela’s most notable engagements include CBS Evening News, teaching and speaking at four World Parkinson Congresses, presenting at Japan’s 2nd Parkinson Congress, choreographing for the WPC 2019 opening night ceremony, being featured in Jon Palfreman’s book Brainstorms, and coaching Christopher Walken for his role in the movie A Late Quartet.

Dr. Kimberly Anderson-Erisman is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System of Care, and the inaugural President of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium. Kimberly has lived with a cervical spinal cord injury for 32 years. Her research focuses on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with spinal cord injury.


MulchaheyDr. Mary Jane Mulcahey is the current Chair of the AOTF Board of Trustees, a Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Center for Outcomes and measurement in Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher, and is a certified health coach, competent coach and life care planner. Her primary area of research is on the development, validation and utilization of new and existing outcome measures of impairment, physical function, activity, and participation for children, youth and adults with spinal cord injury (SCI), and other chronic conditions. Dr. Mulcahey is past-president of the American Spinal Injury Association (2015-2017) and past-vice president of the Pediatric Spine Foundation (2015-2020) current chair of the Board of Governance of the Steel Assembly for Pediatric SCI\D, associate editor for Topics in SCI Rehabilitation, and editorial board member of Spinal Cord and the Physical Therapy Journal. Dr. Mulcahey is a member of the AOTF Academy of Research.

2 Contact Hours have been approved for this event by: NBCOT, AOTA

Learning Outcomes:

1. What does “authentic” participation mean? How can the process to engage stakeholders be improved to be more inclusive, diverse and equitable for stakeholders?
2. What are the barriers that researchers, clinicians and clients have to participating in research? How can these challenges be addressed, mitigated or solved?
3. How will stakeholder participation impact building new evidence for OT and how can the inclusion of stakeholders elevate OT practice to improve the delivery of care?

For more information about AOTF, questions about this event, or if you wish to make a gift in support of OT research, please contact Lawrence Liff at lliff@aotf.org.

2021 Research Excellence Symposium

April 14, 2021
(See full list of #AOTFweek events!)

Presentations from 2021 Academy of Research Inductees and Early Career & Mid-Career Awardees.

Research Excellence Speakers

(As pictured above L to R)


  • Kathleen Doyle Lyons, ScD, OTR/L, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    Optimizing Activity Engagement After Cancer Treatment
  • Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    Enhancing Worker Health Through Multi-Level, Transdisciplinary Research


  • Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li, PhD, OTR/L, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
    My Research and Career Journey... Thus Far!


  • Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    Participation of Youth & Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What’s theory got to do with it?


AOTF Webinars 

Complimentary Webinar Series: Navigating Research During the COVID Pandemic

  • Lessons Learned from Front Line Occupational Therapists and Implications for Research
    Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. ET
    - Management of patients in acute care and rehab
    - New discoveries of research needs
    - New challenges of frontline workers in return-to-work, mental health and long term outcomes
    Raechel Flaherty, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Supervisor of Occupational Therapy, Bellevue Hospital Center 

    Pamela Roberts PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, Executive Director to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director and Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Co-Director Division of Informatics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Associate Director Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai
    Jamie Wilcox, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy ,Keck Medical Center of USC, University of Southern California 
    Charlene Woo, OTR/L, Staff Occupational Therapist, NYU Langone at Bellevue Hospital Center

    Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Perspectives of PIs on Pivots and Challenges
    November 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
    Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    Andrew Persch, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    Elizabeth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    Moderator: Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    View slides in order of presenters above


Blackkklansman movie poster

OT and Social Justice: Moving From Disparities to Equity in Health Care, Education, Economic Vitality and the Physical Environment

Should societies provide equal opportunities for all people, regardless of age or ability, to engage in meaningful occupations that allow them to develop their potential and participate in their communities?  How does access to health care, education and employment affect a person’s wellbeing and their very identity?

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation knows that occupational therapists are leaders that empower people, break down barriers and build inclusive environments. Occupational therapists are on the forefront of responding to inequities that impede fair treatment and prevent people from contributing to the decisions that impact their lives.

Occupational therapists are leaders in social justice!

Join us for a special screening of Spike Lee's award-winning movie, BLACKkKLANSMAN, followed by a critical dialogue featuring Detective Ron Stallworth, the police officer whose life was the inspiration for the movie, Dr. Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Wade/Meyer Endowed Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Professor Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Leslie Jackson, DrOT, OT/L, FAOTA,  Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator at Chicago State University, and Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Scientific Program Officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

November 8, 2019

Rush University, Armour Academic Center, Room 967, 600 S. Paulina St. Chicago, IL 606012

3 AOTA Contact Hours and 3 ILOTA CE Units have been approved for this event. 


Proceeds from this event will support the Lela Llorens and Christiansen/Jones scholarships at AOTF. Both of these scholarships support under-represented minorities in occupational therapy.  

This event is made possible with sponsorship support from Rush University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago State University. 

For more information about AOTF, questions about this event, or if you wish to make a gift in support of OT research, please contact Lawrence Liff at lliff@aotf.org.