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TWU’s Bowyer named American Occupational Therapy Association Fellow

2/03/09



Photo credit: Dwight C. Andrews

HOUSTON – Texas Woman’s University faculty Patricia Bowyer is among only 21 occupational therapy leaders in the nation named to the 2009 American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Roster of Fellows. She will receive her award during the 2009 AOTA Annual Conference April 23-26 in Houston.

The AOTA Roster of Fellows recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of association members. According to the AOTA, less than 1 percent of all occupational therapists in the U.S. are included on the AOTA Roster of Fellows, which allows recipients to use the initials FAOTA as part of their credentials.

“I am humbled by this selection because of the fellows that I will join, and I hope that I can continue their tradition of elevating the profession of occupational therapy,” said Dr. Bowyer, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA.

Dr. Bowyer jointed TWU’s Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center as the associate director of the School of Occupational Therapy in July 2007. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Bowyer worked as an occupational therapist for 13 years, specializing in adult neurorehabilitation and in pediatric therapy. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Theta Pi and Gamma Beta Phi. In 2007 she was one of only 16 in the nation selected to participate in the Leadership Mentoring Program, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the AOTA.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Milligan College in Tennessee, her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University and her doctorate in educational leadership is from East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Bowyer joins TWU occupational therapy faculty Regina Campbell (Dallas) and Kathyln Reed (Houston) as AOTA Fellows.

Founded in 1917, the AOTA represents the interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide. The association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditation and serving as an advocate to improve health care. For more information, visit www.aota.org.

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