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

Demopoulos, C., Arroyo, M. S., Dunn, W., Strominger, Z., Sherr, E. H., & Marco, E. (2014, December 22). Individuals With Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum Show Sensory Processing Differences as Measured by the Sensory Profile. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication.

Dean, E. E., Dunn, W., & Tomchek, S. (2014). Role of Occupational Therapy in Promoting Self-Determination Through Consumer-Directed Supports. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 0(0), null. doi:10.3109/07380577.2014.958887

Law, M., Baum, C. & Dunn, W. (2015).  Measuring Occupational Performance, Third Edition.  Thorofare, NJ. Slack Inc.

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. 10.5014/ajot.2015.018044

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.

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.

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.

Jarrett, L., Dunn, W., Tomchek, S., Reyn, M. & Mercer, N. (2016). Benefits of service-learning across disciplines. Journal for Civic Commitment.

Little, L., Dunn, W., Tomchek, S., & Dean, E. (submitted). Sensory processing in children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and typical development. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (manuscript 14-297).

Iwanaga, R. & Dunn, W. (submitted). The relationship between problems related to subtypes of sensory processing in Japanese individuals with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability.

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.

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.

Little, L., Pope, E., Wallisch, A. & Dunn, W. (2017). 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

 Dunn, W., Little, L., Pope, E. & Wallisch, A. (in press). Fidelity of Occupational Performance Coaching. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.

Dunn, W., Dean, E. (in preparation). Validity and Reliability of the Sensory Profile 2.

Dunn, W., Dean, E. & Little, L. (in preparation). Prevalence of Sensory Patterns in the general population.



Dunn, W. (2014). Sensory Profile 2: a strengths based approach to assessment and intervention. Pearson Publishing.

Dunn, W. (2009). Living Sensationally: understanding your senses. Jessica Kingsley Publication.

Dunn, W. (2014). A sensory processing approach to education. In Simpson, R., & Myles, B. (eds.)

Law, M., Baum, C. & Dunn, W. (2016).  Measuring Occupational Performance, Third Edition.  Thorofare, NJ. Slack Inc.

Dunn, W. (2016). A Sensory Processing Approach to Supporting Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ch 7, p. 139-156). In Simpson, R. & Smith Myles, B. (eds). Educating Children and Youth with Autism. Pro Ed, Austin Tx.

Dean, E. E., Wallish, A., & Dunn, W. (in press).  Adaptation as a transaction with the environment:  Perspectives from an ecological model of OT.  In L. C. Grajo & A. Boisselle (Eds).  Occupation and Adaptation:  Multidimensional Perspectives.  Thorofare, NJ:  Slack Incorporated.

Little, L. & Dunn, W. ( in press). Sensory Processing and Adaptation. In L. C. Grajo & A. Boisselle (Eds).  Occupation and Adaptation:  Multidimensional Perspectives.  Thorofare, NJ:  Slack Incorporated.


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.


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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