Tina Fletcher, EdD, MFA, OTR

Associate Professor, Dallas Center

Tina Fletcher


IHSD 8802
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: 214-689-7750


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

Research Focus

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.

  1. Impact of art making, and improving participation
  2. Sensory strategies to improve participation
  3. Curriculum design to enhance program effectiveness

Current Students/Projects

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

Book Chapter

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.

Funded Grants

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.

Online Publication

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:

  1. Technology Applications (classroom, clinic, community)
  2. Participation and Context
  3. Occupation and Adaptation
  4. Applied Reasoning-classroom, clinic, community

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