​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Visiting Scholar

​​19th Annual Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy

Thursday, January 26 & Friday, January 27, 2023

Alumni Memorial Union, 1001 N. Cory Street​​

Featuring Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Miss the live event? Watch the recorded presentation at these links. No CEUs will be awarded.​

Right Here, Right Now: Using Community Needs, Urgency, and Action Research to Build Innovative Occupational Therapy Programs

We are OT: Realizing our Past, to Propel our ​Present, and Empower our Future​​

Featured Speaker:

Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP

Learn More About Our Speaker
Alyson Stover MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained her Juris Doctorate in law with a post-graduate certificate in health law from the University of Pittsburgh. Her areas of practice expertise include pediatrics, trauma-informed occupational therapy, and holistic approaches to substance use disorder.  Additionally, Dr. Stover is one of only 20 individuals in Pennsylvania holding AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics. She owns a private outpatient pediatric practice north of Pittsburgh and co-founded a non-profit organization that uses occupation to address community, societal and population needs. She has served as PI and Co-PI on various nationally and state-funded research projects involving SBIRT-Plus development and training, trauma-informed occupational therapy for the intervention of children who have experienced sexual trauma, and the use of occupational therapy in the treatment of substance misuse. Dr. Stover's interests include using occupational therapy as a powerful driving force for larger health care change, advancing occupational therapy’s national and global relevance, and occupational therapy’s role as a leader in policy development and implementation. Her clinical passion is in access to care for underserved and underrepresented populations. Dr. Stover commenced her position as President of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) on July 1, 2022. 

​For more information, call 419-434-6936 or email [email protected].

Previous Visiting Scholars

2022 - Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of Admissions and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the 

USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy​

2021 - Catherine Verrier Piersol, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University

Director, Jefferson Elder Care, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences​

​2020 - Wendy Hildenbrand, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Rise Above! Role Conflict at the Intersection of Policy and Frontline Practice

Population Health and Occupational Therapy: Yes, We Can…and We Do!

2017 OT Visiting Scholar

2019 - Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR/L, CCAP, FAOTA

A nonlinear dynamic approach to integrating sensory processing, trauma-informed care and occupational therapy practice across practice areas

​Navigating sensory processing across the lifespan​

2017 OT Visiting Scholar

2018 - Janice P. Burke, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Productivity, Outcomes & Evidence in the Clinic: Protecting the Future of the Therapeutic Encounter

How Conceptual Ideas Take Hold & Endure: The Model of Human Occupation

2017 OT Visiting Scholar 2017 - Michael Iwama Ph.D. OT(C)

Addressing Diversity: Occupational Therapy's Promise of Cultural Relevance

An Introduction to the Kawa Model


2016 - Dr. Virginia Stoffel

Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel, current president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), addressed a large gathering of students, clinicians, and educators on February 4th and 5th, 2016. Her presentations were entitled: Leadership in Mental Health Occupational Therapy: Building Capacity and Workforce Development and Leadership in Mental Health Occupational Therapy: Becoming a Change agent Promoting Mental Health.


2015 - Dr. Neil Harvison

Practice after 2017: What are Driving the Changes in How We Will Be Practicing Occupational Therapy?
Leading Occupational Therapy Into its Second Hundred Years: What Will Our Future Leaders Need to Know?

Muñoz2014 - Dr. Jaime Muñoz

Culturally Responsive Caring: What, Why, How?
The Scholarship of Practice in Community-Based Programs



Lamb2013 - Dr. Amy Lamb

Health Reform: Strategies for health care professionals on the frontline
Advocacy in policy: Making the Occupational Therapy Voice Heard

Parham2012 - Dr. Diane Parham

Why Play? The Serious Nature of Play in Health and Development
Play: A Powerful Tool in Occupational Therapy


Taylor2011 - Dr. Renee Taylor

The Intentional Relationship: Reinvigorating the Vision for Client-Centered Practice in Occupational Therapy
The Intentional Relationship: Clinical Tools for Navigating the Challenges of Fieldwork and Beyond


2010 - Dr. Roxie Black

Is Culturally Competent Care Achievable?
Becoming Culturally Competent Students: Focus on Self

Jacobs2009 - Dr. Karen Jacobs

How Full is Your Backpack?
Being an Occupation FANATIC

Clark2008 - Dr. Florence Clark

AOTA's Centennial Vision: What is it and What Does it Mean for Practice?
The Centennial Vision and Occupational Therapy in Health and  Wellness: Lifestyle Redesign

Christiansen2007 - Dr. Charles Christiansen

Occupational Therapy's Vision for 2017 and Beyond
Promoting Resilience Through Life-Style Intervention

DUNN2006 - Dr. Winnie Dunn

Going Public: We're Not Just About Disability Anymore
Creating a 'Sensational' Practice


2005 - Dr. Carolyn Baum

The Future of Occupational Therapy
The Older Adult
Students Making a Difference Engagement in Everyday Activity