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Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor
Academic Fieldwork 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
Jane Painter-Patton 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 has recently become a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based  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
  • Prevalence of depression among adults who have had a stroke

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), Chair, Fall Prevention, Subcommittee
  • NC Healthy Aging Coalition, member
  • Carolina Geriatric Education Consortium
  • AARP Health Specialist Volunteer 

Honors and Awards
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

College of Allied Health Science’s Teaching Award, 1998
College of Allied Health Science’s Teaching Award, 2002
Nominated: ECU’s Board of Governor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003
Who’s Who In Health Science Education, 2005
Manchester Who’s Who in Occupational Therapy, 2006

Teaching
OCCT 6006, 6007, 6008, 6300/6350, 6400, 6450, 6455, 6650, 6660, 7000

Recent Presentations
Painter, J. & Elliott, S. (2010). Living Alone and Fall Risk Factors in Community-Dwelling Middle Age and Older Adults.   Presented at American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando, Florida. (1.5 hour workshop)

Painter, J. & Miller, L. (2010). on Dissemination of Matter of Balance in NC, Southern Gerontological Society Richmond VA

Painter, J., & Elliott, S. (2010).  The Influence of Gender on Falls Among Community-Dwelling Adults 50 Years of Age and Over, AOTA National Annual Conference, April, Orlando, FL.

Painter, J. (2009).  Invited to present Health Aging:  Fall Prevention at Are We There Yet?  Revisiting the Healthy Carolinians 2010 Goals & Forecasting the Future Conference, New Bern, NC.

Recent Grants
2010-2011: 
Co-PI with EAHEC for federal block grant through CGEC for Education of Health Professionals Regarding Fall Prevention and Fear of Falling.  First year, received $30,000.

2008-2009:  I am co-PI of the Fall-ER grant through ECU's Office of Sponsored Programs and Pitt County Memorial Medical Foundation.  The primary PI is Dr. Leslie Allison, PT and we received the requested $49,936 from the foundation; Match:  $21,476 by ECU for a total of $71,419  (through Office of Sponsored Programs)

Selected Publications
Painter, J., Elliott, S., & Hudson, S. (2009).  Falls in community-dwelling adults Age 50 and over:  Prevalence and Contributing Factors.  Journal of Allied Health Science, 38(4), 201-207.  

Elliott, S., Painter, J., & Hudson, S. (2009).  Living alone and fall risk Factors in community-dwelling middle age and older adults.  Journal of Community Health, 34, 301-310

Painter, J. & Elliott, S. (2009).  The Influence of Gender on Falls in Community-Dwelling Adults Ages 50 and Over.  Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 27, (6), 387-404.  

Trujillo, L. & Painter, J. (2009).  Use of Discussion Board for Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II.  Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 5(2), 80-88.


Contact Information
Department of Occupational Therapy
Health Sciences Building, 3305F
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 744-6194
Fax: (252) 744-6198
pattonja@ecu.edu