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OT Alum Returns to Program

       Columbia, MO Dr. Winifred (Winnie) Dunn, is the newest faculty addition to the Department of Occupational Therapy at the MU School of Health Professions. Dr. Dunn will serve as a Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy at MU, but will remain committed to her current doctoral students at KU. She will continue to serve as their Mentor with a part time commitment in phased retirement with KU.

Dr. Dunn boasts an expansive collection of work in the OT field, including over 100 publications and speaking engagements around the world. She is most well-known for her research on how people respond to sensory experiences in their everyday life. Dr. Dunn designed a standardized measure, the Sensory Profile, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs.

As a result of her work, Dr. Dunn has received numerous professional accolades, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions, the A. Jean Ayres research award and membership in the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and this past November, was named one of the 100 Influential People in the first 100-year history of occupational therapy by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

“Dr. Dunn has had a long and very distinguished career in occupational therapy as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator,” Said Tim Wolf, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at MU SHP. “Her body of work, especially in pediatric practice, has been widely adopted as best practice in occupational therapy.  She will be a valued member of our faculty to help support all aspects of our mission—education, research, service, and practice.” 

Dr. Dunn is an MU alumna, graduating from the OT Program in 1972, “I am so thrilled to return to my alma mater,” said Dr. Dunn “I was among the first graduates of the newly formed OT program at MU, and now I get to return to be part of a well-established program with really dedicated colleagues. This new role gives me the chance to mentor peers who are primed for their own professional growth in teaching and research.”

Dr. Dunn will start in her position at MU SHP the first week of January 2017.