Faculty & Staff

Thomas H. Dillon, Ed.D.
Thomas H. Dillon, Ed.D.
Professor in Occupational Therapy
Year started at UF: 2001
Contact Information
Office Location: Residence Hall- Morey Hall Room 104
Telephone: 419-434-5777
Credentials
B.S., University of New Hampshire
M.A., American International College
Ed.D., University of St. Thomas
  • ​​​ Academic Credentials: 

    Doctor of Education in Education with a Specialization in Education Leadership, University of St. Thomas
    Master of Arts in Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology, American International College
    Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, University of New Hampshire-Durham


    Dr. Dillon completed his Ed.D. at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1997. Field: Education; Program: Educational Leadership.

    He received his M.A. from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1985. Field: Psychology; Program: Clinical Psychology.

    In 1977, he completed a B.S. at the University of New Hampshire-Durham, New Hampshire. Major: Occupational Therapy; Minor: Physical Education
  • PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

    Professor of Occupational Therapy
    August 2016 - Present
    University of Findlay
    1000 North Main Street
    Findlay, OH 45840

    Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy        
    July 2001 – July 2016
    (Tenured 2005)
    The University of Findlay

    Assistant Vice President for Instruction
    August 2012 – December 2013
    The University of Findlay

    Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs 
    The University of Findlay    
    May 2013 – August 2012

    Founding Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies  
    August 2006 – August 2012   
    The University of Findlay

    Interim Dean, College of Education          
    November 2006 - July 2007
    The University of Findlay

    Director of Occupational Therapy Program  and
    Associate Professor Occupational Therapy     
    July 2001 – August 2006
    The University of Findlay

    Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy       
    August 1998 – June 2001
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    The Rangos School of Health Science
    Duquesne University
    216 Health Sciences Building
    Pittsburgh, PA 15282

    Co-Chair, Health Sciences Division,
    The College of Scholastica
    Duluth, MN           
    September 1997- August 1998

    Founding Department Chair and               
    Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
    The College of St. Scholastica
    1200 Kenwood Avenue
    Duluth, MN 55811
    September 1993 - August 1998

    Occupational Therapy Curriculum Consultant
    October 1989 – April 1990
    Winona State University
    PO Box 5838
    Winona, MN 55987

    Founding Director and Instructor,          
    May 1986 - August 1993
    Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
    Riverland Community College (formerly Austin Community College)
    1600 8th Avenue NW
    Austin, MN 55912

    Adjunct Instructor of Psychology           
    September 1985 – May 1986
    American International College
    1000 State Street
    Springfield, MA 01109


    PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

    Occupational Therapy Consultant (part-time)     
    January 2005 – July 2007
    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
    Oakwood Correctional Facility
    3200 North West Street
    Lima, OH 45801

    Occupational Therapy Consultant (part-time) February 2003 – March 2004
    Allen Correctional Facility (Lima, OH)
    Correctional Medical Services, Inc.
    12647 Olive Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63141

    Occupational Therapy Consultant               
    February 1991 - June 1993
    The Wilson Center
    P.O. Box 917
    Faribault, MN 55021

    Director, Occupational Therapy               
    January 1985 - May 1986
    Supervisor, Psychiatric Occupational Therapy      
    November 1981 - January 1985
    Baystate Medical Center
    Springfield, MA 01199

    Occupational Therapist                   
    March 1981 - November 1981
    H & W Therapy Company
    Pueblo, CO 81004

    Occupational Therapist                   
    November 1979 - March 1981
    Colorado State Hospital
    Geriatric Treatment Center
    Pueblo, CO 81003

    Occupational Therapist                   
    June 1978 - October 1979
    St. Mary-Corwin Hospital
    Mental Health Unit
    Pueblo, CO 81004


  • I.    Professional Publications

    Dillon, M.B., Dillon, T. H., Griffiths, T., Prusnek, L. & Tippie, M. (2020). The distinct value of occupational therapy in corrections: Implementation of a life skills program in a county jail. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. Doi.org/10.3928/24761222-20200309-01. 

    Dillon, T.H.  (2011). A legacy of leadership: Transforming the occupational therapy profession. In Jacobs, K. & McCormack, G.L. (eds.), The Occupational Therapy Manager (pp. 295-308).  Bethesda, MD: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (book chapter)

    Dillon, T.H.  (2007). [Review of the book Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice]. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21, 3, 99-101.

    Dillon, M.B., Dillon, T. H., King, R.M., & Chamberlin, J.L.  (2007). Interfacing with community mental health:  Opportunities for occupational therapy and fieldwork education.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21, 1/2. 

    Dillon, T. H.  (2001). Practitioner perspectives: Effective intraprofessional relationships   in occupational therapy.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 14, 3/4, 11-15.

  • II. Professional Presentations

    Establishing the Role of Occupational Therapy in a County Jail: Facilitating IADL Skill Development and Successful Community Living.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    March 2020 (accepted then conference cancelled due to Covid-19)

    Laying the Foundation for Occupational Therapy Program Development in the Community: Creating Effective Practice Solutions.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    March 2020 (accepted then conference cancelled due to Covid-19)

    Using the Kawa Model to Develop Professional Behaviors in Occupational Therapy Graduate Students.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    March, 2020 (accepted then conference cancelled due to Covid-19)
     
    OT Level II Fieldwork in Criminal Justice Settings: Creating Opportunities for Future Practice.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
    New Orleans, LA
    April 2019

    Using the Kawa Model to Guide OT Service Delivery: Best Practice in Criminal Justice and Community-Based Programs.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
    New Orleans, LA       
    April 2019

    The Value of Shaping Future Practitioners through Community-Based Fieldwork: Facilitating Autonomous Practice
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
     April 2019

    Developing Professional Behavior in Graduate OT Students Using the Kawa Model: A Pilot Study
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
     New Orleans, LA
    April 2019

    Guiding Service Delivery in Criminal Justice and Community Practice Using the Kawa Model: Influencing Best Practice
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
    April 2019

    Transitioning to Management and Leadership Roles: A Pilot Study Identifying Effective Leadership Approaches
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference
    New Orleans, LA
     April 2019

    Transitional Challenges for Clinical Practitioners Advancing into Management/Leadership Roles: A Descriptive Study
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2018 Annual Conference
    Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2018

    Utility of the Kawa Model to Guide Evaluation and Interventions: Influencing Service Delivery and Best Practice in Community-Based Programs
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2018 Annual Conference
    Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2018

    Enhancing Student Learning Opportunities and Autonomy through Community-Based Level II Fieldwork: The Value of Creating Pathways for Specialty Practice
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2018 Annual Conference
    Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2018

     
    Using the Kawa Model to Advance Community Based Occupational Therapy Interventions: Influencing Treatment in the Recovery of Persons with Substance Use Disorder.
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2017 Annual Conference
    Dayton, OH
    November 2017
     
    Establishing and Understanding the Benefits and Value of Completing Level II Fieldwork in Nontraditional Settings: Practitioner Perceptions
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2017 Annual Conference
    Philadelphia, PA
    March 2017

    Using the Kawa Model to Advance Community Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Influencing the Recovery for Individuals with Substance Abuse
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2017 Annual Conference
    Philadelphia, PA
    March 2017
     
    Developing, Implementing and Evaluating an Occupational Therapy Program in a County Jail and Probation System: A Collaborative Venture
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2016 Annual Conference
    Perrysburg, OH
    October 2016
     
    Using the Kawa Model to Guide Participation and OT Programming in the Community: An Initial Study
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2016 Annual Conference
    Chicago, IL
    April 2016
     
    Model Practice in Education: Start Small, Think Big: Building an OT Practice in the Community
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2015 Annual Conference
    Columbus, OH
    September 2015
     
    Transitioning into Management and Leadership in Occupational Therapy
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2015 Annual Conference
    Columbus, OH
    September 2015 

    Bridging the Gap to Successful Community Re-Entry Using Aftercare OT Interventions: A Case Study of Ex-Offenders.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2015 Annual Conference
    Nashville, TN
    April 17, 2015 

    Analysis of Interviews with State Association Presidents in Ohio (1994-2010): Leadership Considerations (accepted)
    27th Annual Midwest Deans' OT Research Conference
    Midwestern University
    Downers Grove, IL
    April 25-26, 2014
     
    Professional Role Transition: Becoming an Occupational Therapy Supervisor/Manager (accepted)
    27th Annual Midwest Deans' OT Research Conference
    Midwestern University
    Downers Grove, IL
    April 25-26, 2014