Special Events and Webinars

Authentic Participation of Stakeholders in Research

May 27, 6-8pm- More details coming soon!

Join AOTF for an enlightening discussion on the meaningful roles, positive impacts and improved outcomes of stakeholder engagement in research. Including the voice of the lived experience adds tremendous value for the OT researcher, clinician, client and caregiver. 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.

All proceeds from this event will support 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.

Your ticket will help support future OT research!

2 Contact Hours have been approved for this event by: pending

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
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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

  • 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.