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
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
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!
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
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 - 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?
2014 - Dr. Jaime Muñoz
Culturally Responsive Caring: What, Why, How?
The Scholarship of Practice in Community-Based Programs
2013 - Dr. Amy Lamb
Health Reform: Strategies for health care professionals on the frontline
Advocacy in policy: Making the Occupational Therapy Voice Heard
2012 - Dr. Diane Parham
Why Play? The Serious Nature of Play in Health and Development
Play: A Powerful Tool in Occupational Therapy
2011 - 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
2009 - Dr. Karen Jacobs
How Full is Your Backpack?
Being an Occupation FANATIC
2008 - 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
2007 - Dr. Charles Christiansen
Occupational Therapy's Vision for 2017 and Beyond
Promoting Resilience Through Life-Style Intervention
2006 - 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