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TWU’s Bowyer named American Occupational Therapy Association
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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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