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.
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
Previous Visiting Scholars
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