Tina Fletcher, EdD, MFA, OTR
Associate Professor, Dallas Center
Dallas, TX 75235
Ed.D. Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, Educational Design and Curriculum Instruction, 2010.
Dissertation: A Grounded Theory Analysis of the Relationship between Creativity and Occupational Therapy.
M.F.A. Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, Fine Arts-Sculpture, 1996
B.F.A. East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas, Fine Arts-Experimental Studies, 1992
M.A. University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, Education-Allied Health Sciences, 1983
B.S. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, Occupational Therapy, 1980
Dr. Fletcher’s research focuses on the impact of art making on clients and caregivers receiving occupational therapy, and on improving participation in cultural arts and entertainment venues for visitors with special needs. Using sensory strategies and curriculum development to achieve these goals, she is guided by the belief that participation in the creative process, whether experienced through art making or by being in cultural arts and entertainment venues, has a direct impact on a person’s well-being and quality of life.
- Impact of art making, and improving participation
- Sensory strategies to improve participation
- Curriculum design to enhance program effectiveness
Impact of art making and improving participation
PhD Christene Maas: Theater improvisation and occupational therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder
Sensory strategies and curriculum design
PhD Vidya Pingale: The effect of sensory diet on a child’s sensory processing skills, psychosocial skill and engagement in classroom activities
MOT Hope Griffin & Julie Anderson-Seidens: Parent perceptions of how exposure to multi-sensory environments impacts community participation in children with sensory processing challenges
PhD Lou Ann Hintz: Five-year retrospective study of students’ response to intervention outcomes for handwriting.
PhD Jessica Gonzales: Clinical practice model for occupational therapists on interdisciplinary feeding teams
OTD Donna Walls: Simulation in occupational therapy education
OTD Megan Taylor: The use of simulated patients during transfer training in occupational therapy students
Publications Linked to Areas of Research
Fletcher, T. (2015). Creativity Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives. In N. Lamport, G. Hersch, & P. Coffey (Eds.), Creative Engagement in Occupation, (99-108, 123-129). Thorofare, N.J.: SLACK, Incorporated.
Articles in Journals
McCarroll, H., & Fletcher, T. (in press, 2017). Does handwriting instruction belong in the instructional day? The relationship between handwriting quality and academic success. Cogent Education, 00(00), 10.1080/2331186X.2017.1386427.
Fletcher, T. S. & Lawrence, S. S. (in press, 2017). Art making and identity formation in children and adolescents with differing social behaviors. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 00(00), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2017.1355290
Piller, A., Fletcher, T., Pfeiffer, B., Dunlap, K., & Pickens, N. (2017). Reliability of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire: Teacher Version. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3273-3.
Fletcher, T., Parrish, J., & Sherman, M. (2017). Exploring how live theaters promote participation for children with special needs. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, doi: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1368056.
Antonetti, A. & Fletcher, T. S. (2016). How parents perceive participation in museum activities: A comparison between parents of children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Inclusion, 4(2), 109-119. doi: 10.13522326-6988-4.2.109
Kulik, T.K. & Fletcher, T. S. (2016). Considering the museum experience of children with autism. Curator: the Museum Journal, 59(1), 27-38. doi: 10.1111/cura.12143
Fletcher, T. (2016). Factors that bring meaning to mementos created by elders. Aging and Mental Health, 1-7. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2016.1141284
Fletcher, T. & Eckberg, J. (2014). The impact of creative reminiscing on individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics: Current Trends in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 32 (1), 68-84.
Fletcher, T. (2014). Supporting Individuals with Special Needs at the Dallas Museum of Art. Occupational Therapy Practice, 19 (5), 14.
Malinak, J. & Fletcher, T. (2014). The relationship between level of musical exposure over the lifetime and level of participation in a live musical performance. Activities Directors' Quarterly for Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Patients, 15 (1), 19-32.
Fletcher, T., Bayer, C., Beyer, E., Gonzales, J., Ralston, A., & P. Yount. (2013). Stop Waiting and Start Creating!: Service learning with an outpatient bone marrow transplant unit art cart program. Journal of Allied Health, 42 (1), 19-23.
Fletcher, T., & Sampson, M. B. (2012). Literacy and graphic communication: Getting the words out. Gifted Child Today, 35 (4), 263-270.
Fletcher, T. (2012). Do not walk outside this area. Occupational Therapy Practice, 17 (5), 32.
Fletcher, T. (2011). Creativity in the classroom: Finding the just right challenge. Gifted Child Today, 34 (2), 37-42.
Fletcher, T. (2011). When you least expect it: Rendering aid during healthcare dilemmas. Occupational Therapy Practice, 16 (12), 32.
2016: Fletcher, T. & Washington, F. Multi-Sensory Environment Installation ($9,724.00) Principle Investigator, Texas Woman’s University Teaching and Research Grant for Equipment and Technology
2011: Fletcher, T. Make Your Story: The Effects of a Collaborative Creative Reminiscence Program on Individuals with Memory Loss and their Caregivers ($7,942.00), Principal Investigator, Texas Woman's University New Investigator Research Enhancement Program.
Fletcher, Tina. (Winter, 2016). The pink binder. Survivor's Review. http://www.survivorsreview.org/features.php?vol=17&art=252
Presentations Linked to Areas of Research
American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, 2017, 2016, 2014
Texas Occupational Therapy Association Mountain Central Conference, 2017, 2016, 2014
Annual Misophonia Conference, 2017
Broad Research Areas for SOT:
- Technology Applications (classroom, clinic, community)
- Participation and Context
- Occupation and Adaptation
- Applied Reasoning-classroom, clinic, community