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Dr. Vicki Smith Named to AOTA’s Roster of Fellows

Dr. Vicki Smith, professor and chair of occupational therapy (OT), has been named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Roster of Fellows.

The Roster of Fellows recognizes members of AOTA who, with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the association.

Nominated by Dr. Carole W. Dennis, professor of occupational therapy at Ithaca College, Smith will receive her award in Clinical and Academic Leadership through Business Management at  AOTA’s 94th annual ceremony Saturday, April 5, in Baltimore, Md.

“I am honored to be recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association,” said Smith, who earned a master’s degree in business administration. “I am proud to be able to prepare the next generation of occupational therapy professionals with the knowledge and skills I have gained.”

Dennis nominated Smith because of her “long and distinguished record of service to the profession of occupational therapy, which has included professional practice, management, authorship, fieldwork education, and academia.

“I think Vicki’s ‘can do’ attitude exemplifies her clinical and academic career as an occupational therapist,” said Dennis, who was named to the Roster of Fellows in 2012. “Over the years she has taken on a number of challenging work roles and responsibilities with determination and self-confidence, and has achieved very successful outcomes.”

According to Dennis, Smith is “giving back to the profession by serving on Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Roster of Accreditation Evaluators, which provides a great service to the profession, but also allows her to maintain the excellence of Keuka’s Occupational Therapy Program.”

In addition to her duties at Keuka, Smith has served as director of several rehabilitation clinical sites; penned the textbooks Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Occupational Therapy Transition from Classroom to Clinic—Physical Disability Fieldwork Applications; and wrote questions for the Occupational Therapy National Certification Examination. Smith also served eight years as an accreditation reviewer for occupational education programs throughout the country.

The AOTA awards recognize those members of the association who have excelled in their contributions to the profession. Fellows must be an occupational therapist and a current member of AOTA; have made a significant contribution to the profession; be considered to be well-rounded; and have meaningful occupational therapy and other relevant involvement at the local, state, and/or national levels.

Established in 1917, AOTA is the national occupational therapy professional association. It represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students, and improves the quality of occupational therapy services.

AOTA membership includes occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. AOTA’s programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational therapy services, improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members.

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