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OT professor to lead statewide organization


Assistant Professor Victoria Wilburn of UIndy’s School of Occupational Therapy has just begun a two-year term as president of the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association.

Dr. Wilburn is the school’s academic fieldwork coordinator, and her own expertise involves emerging areas of practice, organizational leadership and pediatric autism spectrum disorder. After completing a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University, she earned her Master and Doctor of Health Science degrees from UIndy.

As president, Wilburn will help lead IOTA’s advocacy efforts on issues such as broadening the role of OTs in home care and other treatment settings.

“I really feel that our profession is in a prime position for positive change, especially with the overwhelming number of new practice areas made possible by the Affordable Care Act,” she told UIndy’s Health Sciences blog. “I hope to empower Indiana’s OT practitioners to advocate for the unique services they provide clients, in not only new areas of practice, but existing areas as well.”

Wilburn, a registered occupational therapist, officially assumed the new role Saturday at IOTA’s annual Fall Conference. Another member of the UIndy OT faculty, Assistant Professor Alison Nichols, will continue to serve as the statewide organization’s secretary.

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