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

Louise Dunn PhotographSc.D 2005 Sargent College, Boston University (Therapeutic Studies)

M.S. 1979 Sargent College, Boston University (Occupational Therapy)

B.A. 1974 University of Massachusetts (Psychology)

Dr. Louise Dunn is an Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University. She teaches in both the Basic Master’s and the Clinical Doctorate program in occupational therapy. She teaches evidence-based practice, pediatrics, professional reasoning, and special electives.

Dr. Dunn is a co-author of a chapter on IADL and community participation in Occupational Therapy for Children (7th edition).  Her current research includes validating a self-report measure on execute functioning for children and further validation of the CHORES – a measure of children’s household task participation. Her research agenda also focuses on outcomes from cognitive and strength-based interventions to increase participation in home and community activities for children with disabilities, especially autism.

Dr. Dunn has worked with children who have disabilities and their families for more than 20 years. She has collaborated with community agencies and parent groups on ways to increase children’s food repertoires and mealtime behaviors and on using sensory processing strategies to promote children’s participation in everyday activities.

Selected Publications

Dunn, L., Diener, M. L., Wright, C. A., Namaruchi, A., & Wright, S. (under review). Vocational exploration in an extracurricular technology program for youth with Autism. WORK: A journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.

Diener, M. L., Dunn, M. L., Wright, C. A., Wright, S., & Anderson, L. (in press). 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.

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

Cosbey, J., Johnston, S., Dunn, M. L. (2012). Playground behaviors of children with and without sensory processing disorders. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32(2), 39-47.

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