(Posted February 28, 2021)
Dr. Griffiths has been an OT for 44 years and has devoted 28 years to teaching occupational therapy. Her clinical practice has been in the areas of mental health and pediatrics. Dr. Griffiths earned a BSOT from the University of Puget Sound, an MHR from the University of Oklahoma and a post professional OTD from Creighton University. In addition, Dr. Griffiths has earned an advanced master practitioner certificate in neurolinguistic programming and completed two US West fellowships in computer technology and higher education. Dr. Griffiths was the Internet Editor for Occupational Therapy in Health Care, guest editor of the special issue on education, contributed book chapters to two textbooks and is the co-author of a book titled A Professional Legacy. She has held volunteer leader roles in AOTA, including chairperson of the Education Special Interest Section, member of the Commission on Education, and member of the Recognitions and Awards Committee. Dr. Griffiths was inducted into the Roster of Fellows by the American Occupational Therapy Association for leadership in OT education and mental health. Dr. Griffiths is a full professor, department chair and program director for the occupational therapy program at Drake University in Iowa. Her recent research focuses on OT education, history of OT, and workplace incivility.