Faculty & Staff

Tara L. Griffiths, DrOT
Tara L. Griffiths, DrOT
Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy
Year started at UF: 2005
Contact Information
Office Location: 340 Frazer Street F
Telephone: 419-434-5314
Credentials
M.A.E., University of Findlay, The
B.S., Mount Mary College
  • ​Academic Credentials:

    Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
    Master of Arts in Education, University of Findlay
    Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Mount Mary College


    Certified by NBCOT and Licensed by the State of Ohio

    Dr. Griffiths joined the faculty in 2000 as an adjunct instructor and became a fulltime professor in 2005. Prior to teaching she was employed at a skilled nursing facility and home health agency where she practiced for 8 years.  She still continues to practice in home health. During her years of practice, she gained experience working with older adult clients with cognitive deficits, neurological and orthopedic diagnoses in both long term care and home health settings. 

    Dr. Griffiths has taught a wide variety of courses over the years, but has focused mostly on courses which emphasize the evaluation and treatment of older adults with physical and cognitive dysfunction, community practice, documentation, and research. She teaches in both the traditional and weekend college programs and enjoys interacting with both traditional and non-traditional students.

  • Scholarship

    Over the course of the last few years Dr. Griffiths has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference, and the Ohio Occupational Therapy state conference. Her most recent national presentation took place at the 2016 AOTA conference in Chicago, IL. This presentation was entitled. "Using the Kawa Model to Guide Participation and OT Programming in the Community: An Initial Study."  Her most recent local presentation (2015) was a panel presentation entitled, "Flipping the Classroom."  This presentation was part of The University of Findlay Annual Teaching Symposium, Findlay, Ohio.

    She continues to be involved with research that focuses on primary care, community programming and effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions with individuals with mental health issues and chronic diseases.


    Activities

    Dr. Griffiths has and continues to serve on numerous university and college committees over the last ten years. She currently serves on the Graduate Student Academic Standards Committee, and the OT Admissions Committee.

     

  • ​Publications
    • Griffiths, T., Dillon, T., & Dillon, M.B.  "Using the Kawa Model to Guide Participation and OT Programming in the Community: An Initial Study."  Accepted:  The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. April, 2016.
    •  Griffiths, T., & Schmelzer, L., (2015).  Leadership in Contemporary Health Care Systems.  In Dunbar, S.B., & Winstin, K. (Eds.), An Occupational Therapy Perspective on Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions (2nd ed.) 113-130.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
    • Dillon, M.B. & Griffiths, T. "Yes We Can: Meeting the Occupational Needs of Society Using a Step by Step Approach."  The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. April, 2015.
    •  Griffiths, T., Dillon, M.B., & Dillon, T. "Bridging the Gap to Successful Community Re- Entry Using Aftercare OT Interventions: A Case-Study of Ex-Offenders."  The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. April, 2015.
    • Griffiths, T., Goodwin, C., and Buddelmeyer, L.  "Flipping the  Classroom."  The University of Findlay Annual Teaching Symposium, Findlay, Ohio.  March, 2015.
    • Dillon, M.B., Griffiths, T., King, R. "Correcting the Chasm in Corrections with Contemporary Community-Based OT Practice" The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. April, 2014 .
    • Dillon, M. B., Griffiths, T. "Paving the Way to Progressive Practice:    Tying Curricular Threads to the Development of OT Programming in a County Jail" The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. AmericanOccupational Therapy Association National Conference Baltimore, MD. April, 2014.