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Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

When time is of the essence, AOTF launches focused fundraising campaigns to support areas of critical need so the impact of donor giving can begin as soon as possible.

The demand for occupational therapy grows every day; demand for OT services, demand for OT professionals, and demand for OT evidence. To meet this demand, AOTF is committed to advancing the science of OT, supporting research that addresses areas of critical need to the profession and increasing the future resarch workforce. 

Now, the Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Scholarship in Occupational Therapy will assist emerging OT scientists obtain their degrees. This scholarship, the first of its kind, will provide an excelent opportunity to grow the resaerch workforce andhelp meet the demands on OTs to deliver quality care. 

Dr. Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, was one of the most influential and transformational figures in occupational therapy. Central to Gary's devotion to the science of OT was the development of new research talent. Fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and youth sports teamsAOTF is pleased to honor Gary's life and legacy with this special scholarship.

AOTF received a special gift in order to make the first award in 2020, the 10th anniversary of Gary’s passing. In order to endow this scholarship and ensure that future annual awards are possible we need your help. Please make a gift to support this special scholarship, honor Gary’s legacy and strengthen the future of the field.  

Support Future OT Research Leaders

Campaign deadline:  September 30, 2020.

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Congratulations to the 2020 Kielhofner Scholarship recipient: Dominique Como, University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Exploring the Occupation of Oral Health in African American Families


The Dr. Gary Kielhofner Scholarship Campaign Committee

Kris Barnekow

Kris Barnekow

Dr. Barnekow’s interests in interprofessional education have resulted in involvement in MCH training and leadership grants. She currently serves as the Milwaukee Link training coordinator in the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. In addition, she is a discipline mentor in the UW-Milwaukee Pipeline Training Program for undergraduate students. Her personal experiences in MCH training programs and clinical experiences as a pediatric occupational therapist have shaped her research, teaching, and service.

As a clinician who provided occupational therapy services in programs for children between the ages of birth to three, Dr. Barnekow became acutely aware of significant issues facing families who reside in the urban area of Milwaukee. Significantly influenced by community-based clinical practice, Dr. Barnekow’s research, mentoring, and service interests evolved into four primary areas including: 1) promotion of co-occupational engagement or shared participation between caregivers and children, 2) early identification of developmental disorders in children and social emotional disorders in mothers of children with special needs, 3) identification of health literacy barriers that inhibit parents’ ability to engage care for their children, and most recently 4) enhancement of fatherhood participation through health literacy strategies to decrease infant mortality in the African American community.

Charles Christiansen

Charles Christiansen

Charles Christiansen is a consultant and business owner based in Rochester, MN. He is a former educator who served in senior leadership roles at The University of Minnesota, The University of Texas Medical Branch and The University of British Columbia, he remains active as a volunteer who serves on various non-profit boards. Dr. Christiansen is also an occupational therapy scholar who continues to conduct research and publish on topics related to understanding the health promoting characteristics of human occupation. He is a former CEO of the AOTF and was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association during its Centennial year as one of the 100 most influential persons in occupational therapy’s first century. He is currently serving as board chair for the Society for the Study of Occupation, USA. In his leisure time, he is an avid hiker, cyclist and poet.

Winnie Dunn

Winnie Dunn

Dr. Dunn is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Missouri. She is an internationally known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life. She received her occupational therapy and a special education graduate degree from the University of Missouri, and her doctorate in applied neuroscience from the University of Kansas.

Winnie has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters, and books and has spoken around the world about her work. In 2014, Dr. Dunn completed the update and standardization research on the Sensory Profile 2, to ensure that researchers and professionals in practice have the most current evidence to support their decisions. She has received the top honors in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, and the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions. She is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has received the A. Jean Ayres research award.

Marcia Kielhofner

Marcia Kielhofner

Marcia Kielhofner is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and is currently an infectious disease physician practicing in Houston, Texas. As an Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, responsibilities include the education of residents and fellows in the field of infectious diseases, in addition to direct patient care. Special interests include infections in the solid organ transplant recipient and infections involving cardiac assist devices. Marcia is married with three adult sons and two grandchildren. She attends St Laurence Catholic Church, where she is active in the Social Concerns Ministry. As the younger sister of the late Gary Kielhofner, she is pleased to be a part of the effort passing on his legacy by supporting future scientists in the field of Occupational Therapy .

Jessica Kramer

Jessica Kramer

Dr. Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida. Dr. Kramer’s occupational therapy practice experience is with enabling children and youth ages 3 to 20 with multiple, severe disabilities to participate and learn in a public school setting. Dr. Kramer’s research draws upon theoretical concepts and methodologies from occupational therapy, disability studies, education and rehabilitation to partner with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the development and evaluation of rehabilitation products, develop community-based interventions that equip youth with I/DD and their families with the skills to identify and resolve environmental barriers to participation, and design high quality patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) using contemporary measurement approaches.

As a former trainee of Dr. Kielhofner, and a former recipient of the AOTF Dissertation Research Grant, she  can attest to the significant impact that the Dr. Gary Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship can have on the career of an emerging scholar. 

Jane O'Brien

Jane O'Brien

Jane O’Brien is Professor at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.  Dr. O’Brien received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.  She uses the Model of Human Occupation as the foundation for therapeutic reasoning courses and research on pediatric issues and outcomes, such as motor control and motor learning, self-efficacy, and play. Dr. O’Brien is author of Introduction to OT and co-editor of Case-Smith’s OT for Children and Adolescents, Pediatric Skills for OT Assistants, and Occupational Analysis and Group Process.  

Marjorie Scaffa

Marjorie Scaffa

Bio to come

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