Cancelled: AOTF Events at the AOTA Annual Conference

AOTA Conference 2020

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

Add these AOTF 2020 AOTA Annual Conference (Boston, MA) events to your agenda, located under Conference Highlights/AOTF Sessions & Meetings in their handy mobile app:

  • Manuscript Writing and Reviewing Academy,  Pre-Conference Institute, Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
    To publish in journals, writers must write effectively and understand the processes of peer review and revision. Reviewers must understand the content, methods, and process necessary for evaluating manuscript quality. In this institute, OTJR Editorial Board members will lead an intensive hands-on program on effective manuscript writing, revising, and reviewing, via presentation, facilitated discussion, and active learning opportunities.
  • Academy of Research Annual Business Meeting, Wednesday, March 25, 6:30—8:00 p.m. (exclusive to AoR members and invited guests)
  • AOTF Short Course 108 (CE), Thursday, March 26, 8:00—9:30 a.m.
    Addressing the Need for More Evidence in OT: Issues Impacting OT Research Related to Funding Opportunities, Diversity, and Scholarly TrainingVarleisha Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L AOTF Scientific Programs Officer; (Co-Presenter) Tim Reistetter, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

    This short course is in alignment with AOTF’s mission to advance the science of the field of occupational therapy.  Through narratives from past grant recipients and researchers, attendees will address the need to enhance OT evidence. In collaboration with the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus, post-doctoral fellows, and academic faculty, panelist will explore methods to address disparities in the research community, and how to ignite an interest in a research career.

  • AOTF Short Course 131 (CE), Thursday, March 26, 10:00—11:30 a.m.
    Advances in Technology to Enhance Manuscript Writing and Publishing, Sherrilene Classen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA, OTJR Editor
    In this short course, the OT Journal of Research 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 their scholarly work. - Conceptualize the benefits of utilizing technology platforms to enhance manuscript planning and writing. Identify practical applications of technology to enhance manuscript preparation and revisions.
  • AOTF Short Course 175 (CE), Thursday, March 26, 2:00—3:30 p.m.
    Exploring Occupational Engagement and Participation From an Insider Perspective: Challenges for Qualitative ResearchersNancy Bagatell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
    Across disciplines, qualitative approaches are gaining recognition for their unique contributions to health and rehabilitation research. In this course, we offer an opportunity for dialogue about how to study occupational concerns with an insider perspective. By introducing research examples that highlight the challenges encountered when doing participatory qualitative research, we will offer a forum to exchange ideas and problem-solve dilemmas to advance the study of occupation and participation. - Articulate how qualitative participatory research methods are useful for understanding occupational engagement and participation., Discuss the challenges inherent in using qualitative participatory research methods., Offer ideas for future directions for studying occupational engagement and participation from an insider perspective.
  • Breakfast with a Scholar (CE), Friday, March 27, 7:00 a.m.
    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.
    $65 per person, includes breakfast.
    View his Ted Talk
  • Scientific Career Excellence Symposium, Friday, March 27, 9:30—11:30 a.m.
    Presentations from Early Career and Mid-Career Awardees, and newly inducted members to the Academy of Research.
  • State of the Science Symposium (CE), Friday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.
    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.
    $35 per person. Includes light refreshments.
  • 6th Annual COTAD Breakfast at the MGH Institute of Health Professions with keynote speaker Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, Saturday, March 28, 7:30—9:30 a.m.
  • AOTA-AOTF Award Ceremony, Saturday, March 28, 5:30—6:30 p.m.

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

PTE Events:

  • PTE Faculty Advisors' Workshop- Wednesday, March 25, 7:00—8:00 p.m.
  • PTE Research Panel: How to Become a Researcher- Thursday, March 26, 10:30—12:00 p.m.
  • PTE Reception- Thursday, March 26, 12:00—1:00 p.m.
  • AOTA Welcome Ceremony- Thursday, March 26, 3:30—5:30 p.m.
  • PTE Speed Mentoring Session- Saturday, March 28, 9:00—10:30 a.m.

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).