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

Louise Dunn PortraitSc.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 and Director of the Post Professional OTD program 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 courses on evidence-based practice, pediatrics, professional reasoning, program development, and occupation-based practice.

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, further validation of the CHORES (a measure of children’s household task participation) and promoting health and well-being for children. Her research agenda focuses on outcomes from cognitive and strength-based interventions to increase participation in home and community activities for children with disabilities, especially autism, and promoting health and well-being for children from low income families.

Dr. Dunn has worked with children of all abilities 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 use of multicomponent interventions to promote children’s participation in everyday activities.

Selected Publications

Diener, M. L., Wright, C. A., Dunn, L., Wright, S. D., Anderson, L. L., & Smith, K. N. (2016). A creative 3D design programme: Building on interests and social engagement for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). International Journal of Disability, Development And Education, 63(2), 181-200. doi:10.1080/1034912X.2015.1053436

Diener, M. L., Anderson, L., Wright, C. A., & Dunn, M. L. (2015). 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, 24(4), 1060-1072. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-9915-6

Dunn, L., Diener, M. L., Wright, C. A., Namaruchi, A., & Wright, S. (2015). Vocational exploration in an extracurricular technology program for youth with Autism. 52(2), 457-468. doi:10.3233/WOR-152160

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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