M. Louise Dunn, Sc.D., OTR/L

Louise Dunn Photograph

Associate Professor and Director, Post Professional OTD, School of Occupational Therapy

Joined Brenau University: 2013

EDUCATION     

Bachelor of Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Doctor of Science in Therapeutic Studies (ScD), Boston University, Boston, MA.

AWARDS

Nominated for Brenau Teacher of the Year 2017

Principal Investigator – Brenau University President’s Opportunity Grant (BUPOG) 2015 – Cultural Validation of the PIC-ME

Co-Principal Investigator – Google Grant (2013-2014) – Google SketchUp and Apps to Develop Training Modules for Strengthening Social Engagement and Occupational Development for High Functioning Children with Autism (HFCA). 

PRACTICE EXPERTISE & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

Occupation-based practice, Participation, Measurement Development, Evidence Based Practice, Pediatrics

Specialty Certifications: Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT), Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), Former Specialty Certification in Pediatrics

COURSES OFFERED

OT 901 Occupational Science and Occupation Based Practice, OT 990 Capstone Project and Seminar, OT 940 Advanced Practice Pediatrics, CD 901 Scholarship of Practice, CD 905 Program Development and Systems, OT 612 Evidence-Based Practice, OT 609 Professional Reasoning Infants and Children, OT 613 Research Supervision 1, OT 614 Research Supervision 2, OT 711 Research Seminar, OT 721Thesis

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Promoting health and well-being for children, use of cognitive interventions to increase participation for children and youth, measurement development (child self-report), selective eating and mealtime participation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Diener, M. L., Dunn, M. L., Wright, C. A., Wright, S., & Anderson, L. (2016). A creative 3D design program:  Building on interests and social engagement for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 3(4), 188-209. DOI:10.1080/1034912X.2015.105343

Dunn, L., Diener, M. L., Wright, C. A., Namaruchi, A., & Wright, S. (2015). Vocational exploration in an extracurricular technology program for youth with Autism. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 52(2), 457-68. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-152160

Dunn, M. L. & Loukas, K. (2015). Instrumental activities of daily living and community participation. In J. Case-Smith and J. O’Brien (Eds.) Occupational therapy for children (7th ed.). St Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Diener, M. L., Anderson, L., Wright, C. A., & Dunn, M.L. (2014). Sibling relationships of children with autism spectrum disorder in the context of everyday life and a strength-based program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, online doi: 10.1007/s10826-0140-9915-6.

Dunn, L., Lívia C. Magalhaes, L. C., & Mancini, M.C. (2014). Internal structure of the Children Helping Out: Responsibilities, Expectations, and Supports (CHORES) Measure. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 (3), 286-95. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.010454

Dunn, L., & Gardner, J. (2013). Household task participation for children with and without physical disabilities.                                 American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(5), e100-5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008102

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Dunn, L. (2019) Map to Happiness: Promoting health and well-being for children. Poster Presentation.

2019 State of the Public’s Health Conference, Athens, GA.

Bennett, S., Litten, A., Pate, K.,  Welsh, M. & Dunn, L. (2019). Map to Happiness: Promoting health and well-being for children. Poster Presentation. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Dunn, L. & Bennett, S.(2017). Map to Happiness: Promoting health and well-being for children. Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Macon, GA.

Dunn, L. Lowery, L. & Stephenson, B. (2016) Innovative, Evidence-based functional interventions for children and youth with AS/HFA. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, Chicago, IL

Dunn, L. (2016). Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS): Documenting real world outcomes. Northeast Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Meeting, Gainesville, GA.

Dunn, L. & Holmes, W. (2016). Is there a D in your future? Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

McNulty, M. & Dunn, L. (2015). Overview of a cognitive strategy framework & application to intervention for people with Parkinson’s Disease. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN.

Hinereld, D., & Dunn, L. (2015). Making “every moment count”in Georgia. Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Gainesville, GA.

Dunn, L., & McNulty, M. (2013). Feasibility of a Cognitive Approach to Increase IADL for High Functioning Youth with Autism. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, San Diego, CA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Editorial Board – Reviewer (2009 – Present) American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Member Planning Committee (2016-2018) Read Learn Succeed Program – United Way & Hall County

Peer Reviewer, Annual Conference (2009-2016), American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD.

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