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

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
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