​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Visiting Scholar

​​Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy​

​​​​Thursday, Feb. 13 & Friday, Feb. 14

Alumni Memorial Union, North Multipurpose Room


Deadline to register: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, ​​Feb. 11 

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

Thursday, Feb. 13 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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

​Friday , Feb. 14 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Featured Speaker:

Wendy Hildenbrand

Wendy Hildenbrand, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Current AOTA President​

Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Kansas Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Learn more about the 2020 speaker!

Wendy Hildenbrand is President of AOTA and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989, a Master of Public Health in 2002, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration in 2016—all from the University of Kansas.

Hildenbrand's practice experience includes work in mental health settings for more than a decade, school-based practice, and population and community health contexts. Her professional expertise includes leadership development, professional formation, policy development and implementation, advocacy, public health, and building bridges between policy and practice. Her most recent research examines the experience of role conflict in frontline occupational therapy professionals when implementing policies (such as productivity requirements) and working to maintain professional values (such as client-centered care). She identifies her most rewarding academic–community partnership as her 14-year commitment as co-director and faculty advisor for the Community Health Project, a community-based and interprofessional experience designed to enhance the educational and future practice experience of health professions students by immersing them in a public health or social service settings.

Before her presidency, Hildenbrand most recently served AOTA as a Director of the Board of Directors, with earlier appointments to the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Reform and Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Prevention and Wellness. Hildenbrand served as the Speaker of AOTA's Representative Assembly as well as the Kansas Representative to the Representative Assembly, and she served as Vice-Chair of AOTA's Committee of State Association Presidents Steering Committee. In 2005, Hildenbrand was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows, specifically in recognition of her responsive leadership and promotion of the profession.

Outside of AOTA, she is an active member and leader within the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA) as evidenced by her leadership as President of KOTA for 5 years and additional elected and appointed volunteer positions over time. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award and the Occupational Therapist of the Year award by the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association.​


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

Previous Visiting Scholars

2017 OT Visiting Scholar

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