Position: Associate Professor; Director, Center for Productive Living
Ph.D in Occupational Studies, University of Georgia, 2009
M.S. in Health Policy and Administration, Mercer University, 1995
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, SUNY at Buffalo, 1977
Dr. Underwood has been at Brenau University since the initiation of the occupational therapy program in 1996. She was the first Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and within this role, she developed national and international fieldwork sites for students. In 2009, Dr. Underwood moved into a faculty position and her primary teaching responsibilities include courses related to evaluation and interventions with adolescents and adults with cognitive and psychosocial issues; clinical reasoning; and occupations across the lifespan. Her clinical experiences have included work in mental health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation centers, acute care, outpatient, and community settings. She also served in management and consultation positions for multiple organizations. Dr. Underwood’s interests include women’s issues (she has a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies), domestic violence, mental health, adults with developmental disabilities, community-based practice, and provision of services to marginalized populations.
Dr. Underwood is also the founder and director of The Center for Productive Living (formerly The Center for Occupational Justice), which offers occupational therapy services to individuals and their caregivers who are unable to access occupational therapy services. She also loves teaching students in clinical or community-based settings and has served as an onsite Fieldwork Educator for multiple students. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Underwood provides occupational therapy services to women at a local domestic violence center a few hours a week.
Javaherian-Dysinger, H., Underwood, R., & Delany, J. (2011). Statement: Occupational therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence. American Occupational Therapy Association. Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Official.aspx
Javaherian-Dysinger, H., Underwood, R., & Delany, J. (2007). Statement: Occupational therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence. American Occupational Therapy Association. Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Official.aspx
Underwood, R. (2003). Process skills. In E. Crepeau, E. Cohn, & B. Schell (Eds). Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy. (10th ed.). (pp. 629-634). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Master’s Thesis Supervision: Committee Chair:
Cobb, E., Fox, B., & St. Germain, C. (2012). Exploring the lived experiences of female survivors of domestic violence who use crafts. Master’s Thesis. (Also served as primary methodologist)
Frame, H., Link, C., & Parkman, C. (2012). The effects of the Alert Program® on communication and interaction skills in group activities with adults with developmental disabilities who display sensory processing disorders. Master’s Thesis.
Black, J., Manadom, L., Simmons, S., & Spokas, E. (2011). Exploring the executive function skills that influence independence in daily occupations of female survivors of domestic violence. Master’s Thesis.
Neiditch, C. (2011). Exploring the Use of Text Messaging as Part of the Occupational Therapy
Process with a Survivor of Domestic Violence. Master’s Thesis. (Also served as primary methodologist)
Casola, S. & Smith, A. (2011). Special Education Staff members’ Perceptions of the Factors that Affect Student-Interns’ Work Performance in School-to-Work Transition Program: Implications for Occupational Therapy. Master’s Thesis. (Also served as primary methodologist)
Clark, M., Pritchell, M.D., & Vandiver, A. (2011). The Effects of the Alert Program on Communication and Interactions Skills of Adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness in a Community Mental health Setting. Master’s Thesis.
Adams, R., Ecker, E., Hoffmeyer, J., & Parker, S. (2010). An Exploration of the Factors that Affect Social Participation in Community Dwelling Criminal Offenders with Mental Illness. Master’s Thesis. (Also served as primary methodologist)
Bull, J., Fortenberry, E., Merritt, B., & Shepherd, W., (2009). Community-Dwelling Older
Adults’ Perceptions of Home Safety and Home Safety Recommendations. Master’s Thesis. (Also served as primary methodologist)
Jones, C., Logan, S. Stevens, A. (2006). The Influence of a Reality Documentation on Perceptions of Physical Disability. Master’s Thesis.
“Exploring the Use of Text Messaging as Part of the Occupational Therapy Process with a Survivor of Domestic Violence.” Short course presentation with Chava Neiditch at AOTA Conference, 2012
“Special Education Staff members’ Perceptions of the Factors that Affect Student-Interns’ Work Performance in School-to-Work Transition Program: Implications for Occupational Therapy.” Poster Presentation with Shannon Casola, at AOTA Conference, 2012
“The Effects of Domestic Violence,” Gainesville State College, 2009
“Occupational Story making and Storytelling with women who are survivors of domestic violence,” AOTA Conference, 2006
“Ethical Problem Solving,” GOTA Statewide Conference 2005
“Critical Pathways: The O.T.’s Role”, AOTA Reliable Source Online Workshop, May – June,
1995, September – October, 1995
“QI, PE, CQI, TQM, OM, OIP – Are We All Saying the Same Things?”, AOTA Annual Conference, 1995
“Process of Development and Implementation of Critical Pathways”, AOTA Annual Conference, 1995
AOTA Certificate of Appreciation for co-author of Domestic Violence Statement Paper, 2007
AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for Mentor, Advocate, Ground Breaker for Innovative Practices, 5/06
GOTA Outstanding Occupational Therapist of Georgia Award, 2001
Brenau University Ann Austin Johnson Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, 1999
Touch the Future Assistive Technology Service Provider of the Year, 1994