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, 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.

    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
         
    Dillon, T. H.  (2001). Authenticity in occupational therapy leadership: A case study of a servant leader.  The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 441-448.

    Dillon, T. H. & Fairman, A.D. (2001, March).  Innovative mental health fieldwork creates community-based job opportunity.  Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 24, 2-3.


  • II. Professional Presentations

    Establishing and Understanding the Benefits and Value of Completing Level II Fieldwork in Nontraditional Settings: Practitioner Perspectives
    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 Guiide 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 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 2015

    Analysis of Interviews with State Association Presidents in Ohio (1994-2010): Leadership Considerations27th Annual Midwest Deans’ OT Research Conference (accepted)
    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
         
    Leadership Skills and Styles for Effective Decision Making
    Government Leadership Academy of the Findlay Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation and the OSU Extension Ohio Sea Grant College Program
    Findlay, OH
    January, 2013

    Commencement Address
    Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy
    The Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
    December, 2012
          
    Communication for Effective Leadership
    Government Leadership Academy of the Findlay Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation and the OSU Extension Ohio Sea Grant College Program
    Findlay, OH
    February, 2012
         
    Leadership Transitions in Occupational Therapy: Practitioner to Manager
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2011 Annual Conference
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    October, 2011
         
    Leadership Skills and Styles for Effective Decision Making
    Government Leadership Academy of the Findlay Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation and the OSU Extension Ohio Sea Grant College Program
    Findlay, OH
    January 2011
         
    Presidential Leadership in OOTA: A Historical Analysis (1994-2010)
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2010 Annual Conference
    Cleveland, OH
    October, 2010
          
    Reaching the Centennial Vision in OT:  Our Collective Leadership Responsibilities
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2009 Mid-Year Workshop
    Toledo, OH
    May 2009
         
    Leaders in Occupational Therapy: A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews with Historically Significant Occupational Therapy Leaders.
    The American Occupational Therapy Association 2009 Annual Conference
    Houston, TX
    April 2009
         
    A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews with Historically Significant Leaders in Occupational Therapy:  Faculty and Student Collaboration.
    21st Annual Midwest Deans’ Occupational Therapy Research Conference 2008
    Davenport, IA
    March 2008

    Ethical Dimensions of Leadership:  Ensuring We Make the Right Choices
    Keynote Speaker
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Mid-Year Conference 2006
    Toledo, OH
    March 2006

    The Practice Framework and Theoretical Models:  Partners in Everyday Practice; and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership:  Ensuring We Make the Right Choices
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2005 Annual Conference
    Columbus, OH
    October 2005
         
    Reducing Anxiety about Taking the National Certification Exam
    The Ohio State University Occupational Therapy Program
    Columbus, OH
    May 2005

    Qualitative Research: Historical Narratives Promote Understanding Leadership     Effectiveness, and Service Learning Project in the First Year Seminar:  The Focus on Friends Project.
    The University of Findlay – Academic Excellence Day
    Findlay, OH
    November, 2004
         
    Reducing Anxiety about Taking the National Certification Exam
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2004 Annual Conference
    Zanesville, OH
    October, 2004

    Reducing Anxiety about Taking the National Certification Exam
    The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association 2003 Annual Conference
    Akron, OH
    September, 2003
         
    Establishment of an Occupational Therapy Adaptive Living Home for Education and Research   A poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. Fall Program Directors Council Meeting
    St. Louis, MO
    October, 2001

    Practitioner Perspectives on Meanings in OTR/COTA Relationships                  
    The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference               
    Pittsburgh, PA
    October, 2000

    Reducing Anxiety about Taking the National Certification Exam               
    The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference              
    Pittsburgh, PA
    October, 2000

    Intraprofessional Relationships in Occupational Therapy
    The American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference
    Seattle, WA
    March, 2000

    Reducing Anxiety about Taking the National Certification Exam
    The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference
    Philadelphia, PA
    October, 1999

    Keynote Address: Sr. Genevieve Cummings the Leader
    The Sister Genevieve Cummings Colloquia
    The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
    May, 1996

    Keynote Speaker: Understanding the Model of Human Occupation
    The MinnDak Occupational Therapy Educational Council
    Austin, M
    October, 1993