Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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
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:
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
OCCT 6006, 6007, 6008, 6300/6350, 6400, 6450, 6455, 6650, 6660, 7000
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.
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)
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.
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.
Department of Occupational Therapy
Health Sciences Building, 3305F
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 744-6194
Fax: (252) 744-6198