Sharon J. Elliott

Name and Contact Information

  • Sharon J. Elliott, DHS, GCG, OTR/L, FAOTA

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, Kean University, Union, NJ, 1986
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2001
  • D.H.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis, IN, 2010
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Indianapolis, IN, 2010
  • AOTA Board Certified Gerontology ( 2006, 2011, 2016)

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Gerontology
  • Healthy aging, wellness
  • Injury/fall prevention
  • Home modifications

Awards and Honors

  • AOTA Emerging and Innovative Practice Award for Exemplary Gerontology Leadership with an Aging Agency (2017)
  • AOTA Service Award (2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2004)
  • AOTA Roster of Fellows (2007)
  • East Carolina University, College of Allied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2007)
  • NC OT Association Award for Outstanding Practice in Gerontology (2004)

Leadership Accomplishments and Passions (List up to 10)

  • Over 20 years of experience in gerontology, including 5+ years at a community aging agency
  • Co-wrote the AOTA Practice Guidelines for Productive Aging for Community-Dwelling Older Adults (2019, 2012).
  • Co-conducted an AOTA systematic review on falls prevention among community-dwelling older adults (2018)
  • Assisted in developing one of eight Best Home Modification Programs and Practices, as recognized by the National Council on Aging/University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology (2017)
  • Participated on the OT and OTA AOTA Test Preparation Editorial Board
  • Co-Guest Editor for AJOT for Productive Aging and Falls Prevention special issues
  • Prior member of the AOTA Board for Advanced and Specialty Certification and the AOTA Specialties Board Certification Panel for Gerontology Board Certification
  • Past chairperson, Quarterly Editor, and Communications Liaison, AOTA Gerontology Special Interest Section
  • Assisted in writing a variety of gerontology publications (e.g. fact sheets, continuing education, articles, book chapters)

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