Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science – Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri
  • Master of Science in Education – Special Education – Learning Disabilities, University of Missouri
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Applied Neuroscience – University of Kansas

 

Areas of Expertise

  • The impact of Sensory Processing on Everyday life
  • Coaching as an Evidence based practice
  • Strengths-based Approaches
  • Community Based Practice

 

Professional Honors and Awards [selected]

  • Award of Merit, AOTA (1991)
  • AOTF Academy of Research (1993)
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship (2001)
  • A. Jean Ayres Research Award (2003)
  • William T. Kemper Teaching Fellowship (2004)
  • Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professorship (2011)
  • Doctorate of Honorary Letters, A. Still University (2013)
  • 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy (2017)

 

Membership in Professional Organizations

[see curriculum vitae for service in these organizations]

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • American Occupational Therapy Association 1972-Present
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation
    • Currently member of the Development Committee
  • Kansas Occupational Therapy Association
  • Missouri Occupational Therapy Association
  • International Coaching Federation
  • Institute of Coaching
  • Association of Positive Psychology Coaching

 

Selected Publications

Publications and information regarding scholarly activity and service may be viewed in Dr. Winnie Dunn’s CV.

Recent Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Dunn, W., Griffith, J., Sabata, D., Morrison, M., MacDermid, J., Darragh, A. Schaaf, R., Dudgeon, B., Connor, L., Carey, L. & Tanquary, J. (2015). Measuring change in somatosensation across the life span. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Tomchek, S. D., Little, L. M., & Dunn, W. (2015). Sensory pattern contributions to developmental performance in children with an autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6905185040. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.5014/ajot.2015.018044

Blackwell, A. & Dunn, W. (2015). Active ingredients for an embedded intervention within the early childhood classroom. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention.

Little, L., Dean, E., & Dunn, W. (2015). “Developmental Stability of Sensory Seeking.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy 69(Suppl. 1): 6911500096p6911500091-6911500096p6911500091.

Little, L., Tomchek, S., Dean, E. & Dunn, W. (2015). “Developmental and Sensory Pattern Subtypes of Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” American Journal of Occupational Therapy 69(Suppl. 1): 6911500002p6911500001-6911500002p6911500001.

Jarrett, L., Dunn, W., Tomchek, S., Reyn, M. & Mercer, N. (2015). Benefits of service-learning across disciplines. Journal for Civic Commitment. https://www.mesacc.edu/community-civic-engagement/journals/benefits-service-learning-across-disciplines

Kim, Y. J., Rogers, J. C., Kwok, G., Dunn, W., & Holm, M. B. (2016). Somatosensation differences in older adults with and without diabetes, and by age group. OT in health care (in press).

Dunn, W., Dean, E., Little, L., Robertson, S. & Evans, B. (2016). The impact of sensory processing on daily life: a scoping review. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research,

Braun, M., Dunn, W., Daniels, D. & Tomchek, S. (2016). A pilot study on professional documentation: do we write from a strengths perspective. American Journal of Speech Language and Hearing.

Blackwell, A. & Dunn, W. (2016). Active ingredients for an embedded intervention within the early childhood classroom. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention. 9:2, 125-141.

Braun, M., Dunn, W., Tomchek, S. (2016). Using Coaching to Strengthen Professional Development activities. American Journal of Speech-language Pathology.

Little, L., Dean, E., Tomchek, S. & Dunn, W. (2016). Classifying Sensory Profiles of children in the general population. Child: Care, Health and Development. DOI:10.1111/cch.12391. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cch.12391/full

Little, L., Pope, E., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (2016). Occupational Performance Coaching via Telehelath for Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 72(2) MS ID#: AJOT/2016/024786

Dean, E., Little, L. & Dunn, W. (2016). Deep or Wide? How the Scoping Review Process cultivates researchers’ self-reflection skills. SAGE Research Methods Case Health.

Braun, M., Dunn, W., Daniels, D. & Tomchek, S. (2016). A pilot study on professional documentation: do we write from a strengths perspective. American Journal of Speech Language and Hearing.

Blackwell, A. & Dunn, W. (2016). Active ingredients for an embedded intervention within the early childhood classroom. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention. 9:2, 125-141.

Braun, M., Dunn, W., Tomchek, S. (2016). Using Coaching to Strengthen Professional Development activities. American Journal of Speech-language Pathology.

Little, L., Pope, E., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (2016). Occupational Performance Coaching via Telehelath for Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. MS ID#: AJOT/2016/024786

Little, L., Dean, E., Tomchek, S. & Dunn, W. (2016). Classifying Sensory Profiles of children in the general population. Child: Care, Health and Development.43(1), p. 81-88.

Dunn, W. (2017). Strengths-based approaches: what if even the ‘bad’ things are good things? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(7), 395-396. Doi: 10.1177/0308022617702660

Braun, M. J., Dunn, W., & Tomchek, S. D. (2017). A Pilot Study on Professional Documentation: Do We Write From a Strengths Perspective? American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-10.

Wallisch, A., Little, L., Dean, E. & Dunn, W. (2017). Executive function measures for children: A scoping review of ecological validity. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. doi: http://doi.org/10/1177/1539449217727118

Broski, J., & Dunn, W. (2018). Fostering insights: a strengths based theory of parental transformation before their child’s developmental diagnosis. Journal of child and Family Studies.27, 1275-1286.

Dunn, W., Little, L., Pope, E. & Wallisch, A. (2018). Establishing Fidelity of Occupational Performance Coaching. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. Manuscript no: 17-0037.

Dean, E., Little, L., Tomchek, S. & Dunn, W. (2018). Sensory processing in the general population: adaptability, resiliency and challenging behavior. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(1). In production.

Little, L, Pope, E., Wallisch, A. and Dunn, W. (2018) Occupation-Based Coaching by Means of Telehealth for Families of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 72(2):7202205020p1. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2018.024786Read the abstract here: https://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=2670866

Little, L. M., Wallisch, A., Pope, E., & Dunn, W. (2018). Acceptability and cost comparisons of a telehealth intervention for families of children with autism. Infants and Young Children. 31(4), 275-286. DOI: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000126.

Nesayan, A., Gandomani, R. A., Movallali, G. & Dunn, W. (2018). The relationship between sensory processing patterns and behavioral patterns in children. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention. 11(2), p. 124-132.

Tomchek, S., Little, L., Myers, J. & Dunn, W. (2018). Sensory subtypes in preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 48(6), P, 2139-2147. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3468-2.

Little, L., Dean, E., Tomchek, S., & Dunn, W. (2018). Sensory processing patterns in autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and typical development. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 38(3), 243-254. doi 10.1080/01942638.2017.1390809.

Wallisch, A., Little, L., Dean, E. & Dunn, W. (2018). Child eating behavior and inhibitory control: an examination of convergent validity. Appetite.

Dean, E., Little, L., Tomchek, S. & Dunn, W. (2018). Sensory processing in the general population: adaptability, resiliency and challenging behavior. AJOT. 72(1).

Alwawi, D., Dean, E. & Dunn, W. (2019). Exploring sensory processing patterns and their relationships with fatigue and motor changes in people after stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 2018, Vol. 72, 7211500033p1. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-PO4008

Wallisch, A., Little, L., Pope, E. & Dunn, W. (2019). Parent perspectives of an occupational therapy telehealth intervention. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 11(1), p. 108.

Alwawi, D., Heldstab, A., Dean, E., Dunn, W., Mische-Lawson, L. (2019). A Qualitative study of stroke survivors’ experiences of sensory changes after stroke. Research presentation, AOTA. April 5, 2019.

Little, L., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (in press). Parent perspectives of an occupational therapy telehealth intervention. International Journal of Telerehabilitation. [paper # 6274, spring 2019].

Mulder, P., et al.,[including Dunn, W.] (under review). Development, Behavior and sensory processing in Marshall-Smith syndrome and Malan syndrome: phenotype comparison in two related symptoms. Journal of child Psychology and Psychiatry. Your manuscript ID is JCPP-OA-2019-00358.

Wallisch, A., Little, L., Salley, B., Irvin, D.W., Dean, E., Poggio, J., & Dunn, W. (under review). Early identification in autism: Subtypes based on child, family, and community characteristics. Autism. manuscript ID is AUT-19-0256.

Little, L., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (under review). Ecological Momentary Assessment: innovative measurement of a telehealth intervention for families of children with autism. AJOT, MS no: AJOT/2019/039289

Zhou, Bingrui ; Xu, Qiong; Lu, Ping; Yu, Xiang; Dunn, Winifred; Xu, Xiu. (submitted). Applicability of the Chinese Version of the Short Sensory Profile in children ages 3 to 10 years. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dean, E. & Dunn, W. (submitted). A conceptual model of participation: the Argyle Model. Disability and Rehabilitation. manuscript ID is TIDS-01-2019-144.

Iwanaga, R., Hiroyuki, I., Hirashima, T., Hagiwara, T., Tani, L., Dunn, W. & Yukihiro, R., Uchiyama, T., Ogasawara, K., Kuroda, M., Inada, N., Hara, K., Inoue, M., Murakami, T., Murakami, T., Someki, F., Nakamura, K., Subiyama, T., Uchida, H., Ichikawa, H., Tsujii, M. (submitted). The relationship between sensory processing and autistic traits, intellectual ability and adaptive behavior in Japanese individuals. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dean, E., Brown, S. & Dunn W. (submitted). Sensory processing: a piece of the learning-related behaviors puzzle. Psychology in the Schools. Manuscript ID: PITS-2017-0409

Yamada, S., Imamura, A., Sumihisa, H.,Iwanaga, R., Shibuya, K., Dunn, W. & Ozawa, H. (submitted). Characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Perception of general health and reading literacy of Japanese adolescents: results of a large scale community sample. PLOS ONE.

Wallisch, A., Little, L., Dean, E. & Dunn, W. [submitted]. Early caregiver concerns: differentiating diagnoses in young children. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Books

Dunn, W. (2017) The ecological model of occupation (Ch. 9, p. 207-236), in Hinojosa, J., Kramer, P. & Royeen, C. (eds) Perspectives on Human Occupation: theories underlying practice. FA Davis, Philadelphia.

Law, M., Baum, C. & Dunn, W. (2017). Measuring Occupational Performance: supporting best practice in occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ. Slack INc.

Dean, E., Little, L., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (2018). Sensory processing in everyday life (chapter 59). In Schell, B., & Gillen, G. (eds.) Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Dunn, W., Wolf, T., Dean, E. & Jarrett, L. (2018). Cultivating a positive and collaborative workplace. (chapter 16) in Jacobs, K., McCormack, G. (eds.) The OT Manager, (6th edition).

Dean, E., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (2018). Adaptation as a transaction with the environment: perspectives from the ecology of human performance model (ch. 8, p. 141-155) in Grajo, L., & Boisselle, A. (eds.). Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives. Slack, Inc., Thorofare, NJ. ISBN 13 978-1-63091-399-1.

Little, L. & Dunn, W. (2018). Adaptation from a sensory processing perspective. (ch. 7, p. 123-140) in Grajo, L., & Boisselle, A. (eds.). Adaptation Through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives. Slack, Inc., Thororfare, NJ. ISBN 13 978-1-63091-399-1.

Dunn, W. (2018). Best Practices in Sensory Processing to Enhance Participation. (ch 46). In Clark, G., Rioux, J. & Chandler, B. (eds.). Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools (2nd Edition).

Dunn, W., Dean, E., Jarrett, L. & Wolf, T. (2019). Strengths Based Leadership. (ch 14) in Jacobs, K. & McCormak, G. The OT Manager. AOTA Press.

Blackwell, A., Little, L., Wallisch, A., & Dunn, W. (in press). Sensory processing: identifying patterns and creating support strategies (ch 6) in Borun, K. & Wolfberg, P. (eds.) Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators and Related Practitioners, (3rd Edition). AAPC Publishing.

Recent Funding

Title: Effectiveness of a Contextually Relevant Intervention for improving participation and parental competence for families who have a child with autism.

Agency: Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

Winnie Dunn PI

Funding: for 1 year (2010)  $30,000

 

Title: Characterizing Individual Differences in ASD: relationship of brain activity, sensory processing and temperament.

Agency: Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

Winnie Dunn PI

Funding: over 3 years (2007-2010) $30,000

Dunn, Steering committee & sub domain manager:  August 2008-July 2012:  $160,000

NIH Toolbox for Neurological and Behavioral Assessment

NIH contract through Northwestern University

In this project Dr. Dunn is overseeing a multisite trial of somatosensory testing for the NIH Toolbox.  She also serves on the Steering Committee of this project, which is charged to design easily available, low cost assessments of sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional health for the general population.

 

Title: Feasibility of Telehealth Coaching for Rural Families of Children with Autism

American Occupational Therapy Foundation: April 2015-March 2016: $ 50,000

Principal Investigator

We have already demonstrated the effectiveness of coaching with families; now we will investigate whether we can apply these practices over Telehealth and achieve effectiveness and satisfaction.

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