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Debbie Amini 2013


Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT
Assistant Professor

Educational Background
BS in Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University: Hamden, CT
MEd in Curriculum/Instruction, Supervision, University of North Carolina Wilmington: Wilmington, NC
EdD in Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina State University: Raleigh, NC

Professional Interests/Research

Authentic Occupational Therapy practice

The infusion of Occupation-based OT into hand therapy practice

The investigation of teaching methods to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills to promote reflective and reflexive practice of future OT practitioners.

Selected Professional Presentations

Practicing Authentic Occupational Therapy: Strategies For Becoming A Reflective And Reflexive Practitioner, Philadelphia, PA. Three-hour workshop presentation at the 91st AOTA Conference and Expo. April 2011

Evidence-based literature review of occupational therapy interventions for individuals with work-related injuries/clinical conditions, Long Beach, CA. Invited Panel Member of 3-hour AOTA sponsored workshop  88th Annual AOTA Conference and Expo. April 2008

Occupation-based hand therapy: From theory to practice,  Long Beach, CA. Three-hour workshop at the 88th Annual AOTA Conference and Expo. April 2008

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Experiences from the field, St. Louis, Invited Panel Member of workshop at the 87th Annual AOTA Conference and Expo. April 2007

Measurable goal writing for occupation-based practice, St. Louis, MO. Short Course at the 87th Annual AOTA Conference  and Expo. April 2007

Comprehensive Hand Therapy: Challenges and Techniques for the 21st Century, Norwood, MA; Wallingford, CT; Scranton, PA Presenter of two-day workshop, sponsored by Education Resources, Inc. February 2007, March 2007, June 2007

Splinting: Indications and techniques for common pathologies of the hand, Charlotte, NC. Co-Presenter of pre-conference institute at 86th Annual AOTA Conference, May 2006

Professional Activities

Chair of the AOTA Commission on Practice 2011-2014
Designated as AOTA Media Expert in area of Physical Rehabilitation and Participation (2011-present)
Editorial Review Board member for The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT)
Bi-Monthly columnist for ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners 

Professional Organizations

American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA)
World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO)

Selected Publications

Amini, D. (2011). Occupational therapy interventions for work-related injuries and conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65,1-8. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2011.09186.

Amini, D. (2009). CE on CD - Hand Rehabilitation: A Client-Centered and Occupation-Based Approach. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Amini, D., Mortera, M., Gulick, K., Oertli, S., Sheffield, F., & Patria, L. (2008, March). The Centennial Vision and physical disabilities practice. Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31(1), 1–4.

Amini, D. & Rider, D. (2007). Occupation-based splinting. In B. Coppard & H. Lohman (Eds.), Introduction to splinting: A clinical reasoning and problem-solving approach, 3rd ed.   St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Health Sciences.

Amini, D. (In Press). Occupation-based splinting. In B. Coppard & H. Lohman (Eds.), Introduction to splinting: A clinical reasoning and problem-solving approach, 4th ed.   St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Health Sciences.

Amini, D. (2007). Motor  assessments. In  I. Asher (Ed.). Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools: An Annotated Index 3nd ed. Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Amini, D. (In Press) Practice Management. In S. Weiss & N. Falkenstein. Hand Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide and Review, 3rd ed.  Philadelphia, PA: Mosby.

Teaching Responsibilities       
OCCT 6001: Occupation and Movement (3 credits)
OCCT 6002: Occupation and Movement  Lab (1 credit)
OCCT 6003: Dyadic & Group Skills in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
OCCT 6004: Dyadic & Group Skill in Occupational Therapy Lab (1 credit)

Contact Information
Department of Occupational Therapy
Health Sciences Building, 3305K
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 744-6196
Fax: (252) 744-6198