Special Events and Webinars

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

  • Occupational Therapy Responses to COVID 19 Funding Opportunities
    Date TBD

Past Events

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.