College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

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Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Admissions Coordinator

Educational Background

  • A.S. in Data Processing, Indiana University
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Indiana University
  • M.H.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of Florida
  • Ed.D. in Health Education and a minor in Adult Education, Gerontology, North Carolina State University

Professional Interests/Research (docx)

Jane Painter has 30+ years of experience working with older adults, and is a professor at East Carolina University, Occupational Therapy Department. Her research interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric community-based therapy: fall prevention, fear of falling, home safety; Alzheimer's disease in relation to environmental cues to increase function and caregivers home safety concerns, and stroke. She works with a multi-disciplinary team of a geriatrician, physical therapist, and geriatric pharmacist in the Fall Risk Assessment Clinic for Older Adults at the Brody School of Medicine's Family Medicine, Geriatric Clinic. She is a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program and AOTA’s FW Educator’s certificate program.

Research done with Occupational Therapy Students

  • Falls Prevention in Community-dwelling Adults
    • Tai chi
    • Fall Risk Assessment Clinic
    • Use of the Wii for balance and falls prevention
    • Prevalence and fall prevention strategies with those who have Alzheimer’s disease
    • Assessing senior safety for the community (i.e. parking lots, sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.)
    • Use of the Interactive metronome for balance and falls prevention
    • Becoming a certified Matter of Balance instructor and teach the 8 session course to a class of seniors to prevent fear of falling and learn falls prevention strategies

State Service

  • NC Falls Coalition, Co-chair of Social Marketing subcommittee and Work Plan Committee member
  • NC Injury Prevention and Violence Prevention State Advisory Council (Branch of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section, N C Division of Public Health), Fall Prevention, Subcommittee
  • AARP Health Specialist Volunteer (CarFit and Falls Prevention education)

National Service

  • AOTA representative for the White House Conference on Aging, 2015 Falls Prevention Summit

Honors and Awards

  • 2012: College of Allied Health Science’s Research Award
  • 2009: AOTA award: Roster of Fellows for Excellence in Promoting Geriatric Practice, Education and Research
  • 2009: AOTA award: Recognition of Achievement Award for Excellence in Promoting Falls Prevention and Intervention
  • 2003: Nominated: ECU’s Board of Governor’s Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2002: College of Allied Health Science’s Teaching Award
  • 1998: College of Allied Health Science’s Teaching Award


OCCT 6080, 6400, 6450, 6650, 6660, 7000

Selected Publications

  • Painter-Patton, J. & Trujillo, L. (2015). Role of Occupational Therapists in Fall Prevention. Special Interest Section Quarterly Gerontology, 38, 1-4. (Invited)
  • Trujillo L. G., Painter J. A., & Berry, C. R. (2014). The Culture of Falls and Fear of Falling: A Phenomenological Study. Journal of Women’s Health Care, 3: 178. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000178
  • Allison, L. K., Painter, J. A., Emory, A. Whitehurst, P., & Raby, A. (2013). Participation restriction, not fear of falling, predicts actual balance and mobility abilities in rural community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 36, 13-23. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0b013e3182493d20
  • Painter, J. A., Allison, L., Dhingra, P., Daugherty, J., & Cogdill, K. (2012). Fear of falling and its relationship with anxiety, depression, and activity engagement among community-dwelling older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(2), 169-176.
  • Schepens, S. Sen, A., Painter, J., Murphy, S., (2012). The Relationship between Fall-related Efficacy and Activity Engagement in Older Adults: A Meta-analytic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(2), 137-148.

Chapters in Books Invited

  • Patton, J. A. (2013). Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults. CEU title: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults. Brockton, MA: GSC Publishers

Selected Presentations

  • Trujillo, L. & Patton, J. (2015, April). The Effectiveness of the IM with Healthy Aging Adults. 2015 AOTA National Conference, Nashville, TN, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Patton, J., Burke, M., & Straub, L. (2014). Effectiveness of A Matter of Balance among Older Adults Living in a Continual Care Community. 2014 AOTA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Painter, J. A. & Trujillo, L. G. (2013, April). Fear of Falling and Its Relationship with Anxiety, Depression, and Activity Engagement among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. American Occupational Therapy Association, San Diego, California.
  • Painter, J. A. & Springer, J. (2012). Effectiveness of Tai Chi on Fear of Falling and Health-Related Quality of Life for Community-Dwelling Older Adults Living in a Continual Care Facility. American Occupational Therapy Association - Representative Assembly, San Diego, California.

Recent Grant

  • 2014-2015: NC Falls Prevention Grant. Miller, N., Edmiston, A., Patton, J., Hunter, R., Dellapenna, A., Ellen Schneider, UNC; Linda Miller, AAA, Charlotte, NC; Lori Schrodt, Western University; Shubert, Tiffany E., UNC PPHF-2014-Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs Financed Solely by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014), Co-Investigator. 3 year $312,000 grant in which we will be developing a State-wide hub, led by NC Div. Adult and Aging Services, for 4 evidence-based falls prevention/fear of falling programs. I am on the advisory group for this grant and have assisted in the development of the pre-hub survey. I collaborated with ECU Family Medicine and Vidant Medical Center for 2 supporting letters; wrote 3rd letter and provided information regarding ECU's and Vidant Medical Center's collaboration with aging community resources for a portion of the initial grant application.

Contact Information

Department of Occupational Therapy
Health Sciences Building, 3305F
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-744-6194
Fax: 252-744-6198