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Heather Thomas, PhD, OT/L,

Heather Thomas, PhD, OT/L,

Chair/Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy Education

College of Health Sciences

hthomas@westernu.edu

Join year: 2021

  • Education

    PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Science/ Health Care Administration,Touro University International, Cypress, CA, July, 2011

    MA,Master of Artsin Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1998

    BS, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, California State University Fullerton, CA, 1996

  • Certification

    National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, #1029258

    California Board of Occupational Therapy, License #OT 3610

    Advanced Practice Certification in Physical Agent Modalities, under California State License #3610

    American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR & AED Certified

  • Research Grant

    2018- AAA Carfit Grant, American Automobile Association

    2009- California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Research Award: $2500 Granted for doctoral dissertation research entitled “The Effect of Serial Casting on the Functional Use of the Spastic Upper Extremity”

    2000- California Department of Rehabilitation: $40,000 Grant to Casa Colina’s Assistive Technology Center.

  • Awards

    2018- Teacher of the Year, West Coast University

    2017- AOTA Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association

    2016- OTAC Award of Excellence, Occupational Therapy Association of California

    2015- West Coast University Outstanding Service Award for 2015

  • Organizations

    1996-Present: AOTA member- American Occupational Therapy Association

    1998-Present: OTAC member- Occupational Therapy Association of California

    2007-Present: WFOT member- World Federation of Occupational Therapy

  • Committees

    December 2016- August 2020: Los Angeles OT Leadership Forum: Vice Chair

    June 2016- February 2019: Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Representative & Outreach Chair

    July 2011-July 2017: American Occupational Therapy Association- California Representative for AOTA

    July 2015: California Foundation of Occupational Therapy- Grant proposal reviewer

    July 2014-2016: CBD College: Advisory Board Committee Member

    2014: Los Angeles OT Leadership Forum: Chair

    July 2013- Conference proposalreviewer for World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress

    July- August 2011: California Foundation of Occupational Therapy- Grant proposal reviewer

    May 2011: Volunteer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    ▪ Developed rehabilitation education program

    July 2010: Volunteer Occupational Therapist and Educator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    ▪ Provided occupational therapy to victims of the earthquake

    ▪ Led fundraising efforts and training prior to departure

    ▪ Mentored and supervised four occupational therapy students while in Haiti

    2006- 2010: Occupational Therapy Association of California: Chair of Education Committee

    ▪ Organize all educational events

    ▪ Created, organized, and led annual Spring conference

    ▪ Facilitated first web-based course for the association

    2008- 2009: Los Angeles O.T. Leadership Forum: Chair

    ▪ Facilitated and led quarterly meetings

    ▪ Established agenda to promote leadership in occupational therapy practitioners part of the forum

    2004 - 2006: Occupational Therapy Association of California: Conference Proposal Coordinator

    ▪ Review formal proposals, and select speakers and poster presentations for the annual conference.

    2001-2004:Rehab Management: Magazine Editorial Advisory Board Member,.

    ▪ Provided input and advised on articles regarding current issues within healthcare and rehabilitation.

    2007: American Occupational Therapy Association: Proposal Reviewer

    2005: California Foundation of Occupational Therapy: Proposal Reviewer

  • Publications

    Thomas, H. (2019). Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework in mental health. In: Carson, N. (Ed.). Psychosocial Occupational Therapy, New York, NY: Elsevier

    Sheth, M. & Thomas, H. (2019). Managing sleep deprivation in older adults: A role for occupational therapy. OT Practice, March, CE1-CE9.

    Thomas, H. (2019). Working with the occupational therapy assistant. In: Costa, D. (Ed.). The occupational therapy manager (6th ed.), Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

    Thomas, H. (2016). Sexual function after stroke: A case report on rehabilitation intervention with a geriatric survivor. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 32(3), 204-209.

    Thomas, H. (2015). Occupation-Based Activity Analysis, 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Publishing.

    Thomas, H. (2011). Occupation-Based Activity Analysis, Thorofare, NJ: Slack Publishing.

    Thomas, H. & Javaherian, H. (2008). OT Education SIS and the AOTA Centennial Vision. AOTA Education Special Interest Section, 1, 2-3.

    Thomas, H. & Whitney, R. (2007). Staying current with your practice in the fast current of changing practice: CBOT, OTAC, NBCOT and PDU’s, OTAC Newsletter, 32(3). 15-16.

    Thomas, H. (2007). How can you contribute to future clients’ lives?, OTAC Newsletter, 32(1), 6.

    Haug, H. (2001). Implementing ingenuity, Rehab Management, 14(3), 46-49.