Tamara Mills, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP

Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Joined Brenau University: 2006 – Adjunct ; 2012 – Full-time

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL

Master of Science, Health and Rehabilitation Science concentration in Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Master’s Level Certificate, Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Doctor of Philosophy, Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

AWARDS

  • Service Commendation, Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2019
  • Service Award, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, 2017 – 2019
  • Nominee, Brenau University Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2017
  • 10 Year Service Award, Brenau University, 2016
  • 10 Year Service Award, Emory Healthcare, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, School of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy, 2014

PRACTICE EXPERTISE & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

  • Acute care, home health care, assistive technology, and home safety and accessibility evaluation
  • Specialty Certification: Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Certification by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), 2004 – present

COURSES OFFERED

  • CD 616 Quantitative Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  • OT 612 Evidence-Based Practice and Professional Literacy
  • OT 621 Functional Kinesiology
  • OT 622 Functional Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy (Lab)
  • OT 613 Research Supervision I
  • OT 614 Research Supervision II
  • OT 711 Research Seminar
  • OT 721 Thesis
  • OT 745 Advanced Practice Elective: Assistive Technology (3 credits)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Rehabilitation technology and orthopedic interventions to improve upper extremity function in individuals after stroke

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mills, T. (2017). Evidence-based practice. In H. Smith-Gabai & S. Holm (Eds.), Occupational therapy in acute care (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Mills, T. L., Holm, M. B., & Schmeler, M. (2007). Test-retest reliability and cross validation of the Functioning Everyday with a Wheelchair (FEW) instrument. Assistive Technology, 19(2), 61-77.

Mills, T., & Schmeler, M. (2005).  Functioning Everyday with a Wheelchair (FEW): Applications for assessing wheelchair function in clinic, home and community environments. Proceedings of the 21st International Seating Symposium, Orlando, FL, 137-139.

Mills, T. L., & Holm, M. B. (2004). Development and interrater reliability of a performance-based observation tool to measure functional outcomes of wheelchair users in the home and community [Abstract]. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85(8):E2.

Mills, T., Skidmore, E., Buning, M. E., & Schmeler, M. (2003). Appendix F. Additional resources, Section III: Assistive technology, seating, and mobility web sites (selected). In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (10th ed.) (pp. 1019-1020). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Mills, T., & Skidmore, E. (2003). Appendix F. Additional resources, Section V: Disability rights web sites (selected). In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (10th ed.) (pp. 1021). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Mills, T., Holm, M. B., Trefler, E., Schmeler, M., Fitzgerald, S., & Boninger, M. (2002). Development and consumer validation of the Functional Evaluation in a Wheelchair (FEW) instrument. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24, 38-46.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Mills, T., & Buggelli, S. (2019, September 27). Orthotic devices and rehabilitation technology for improving upper extremity function in individuals with neurological conditions. Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Young Harris, GA. (2 hour presentation)

Mills, T., Buggelli, S., Brooks, E., Bukhari, R., Marikovska, V., McClean, E., Sellers, A., & Thomas, A. (2019, April 6). A case study on the effectiveness of two virtual-reality interventions on improving upper-extremity motor function in adults after stroke. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (Poster presentation)

Mills, T., & Buggelli, S. (2019, April 4). Facilitating upper and lower body neurorehabilitation using a customizable virtual reality application. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (Tech Day presentation)

Benevides, T., Lueck, K., Mills, T., & Craig, J. (2018, October 6). GOTA Research Committee: Shaping the future of research in Georgia together. Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (1 hour presentation)

Mills, T. L. (2016, October 1). Party of one: Strategies for starting your own occupational therapy business. Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. (1 hour presentation)

Mills, T. (2016, April 22). Perceptions of life after stroke and the journey to return to work. Brenau University, Annual Research Symposium, Gainesville, GA. (Symposium presentation)

Wright, T., & Mills, T. (2015, October 23). Wheelchair seating and positioning:  The basics applied to a sub-acute rehab and long term care setting, Commerce, GA. (In-service presentation)

Mills, T. (2015, April 17). Educational activities using computer-based assistive technology with children in a home setting. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. (Poster presentation)

Mills, T., Brandi, J., Fletcher, K., & Simmons, Z. (2015, April 10). Comparison of skill and functional performance of manual wheelchair users: A descriptive study. Brenau University, Annual Research Symposium, Gainesville, GA. (Symposium presentation)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Chair, (2019 – present; member from 2018 – 2019). Research Committee, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA). Atlanta, GA
  • Member, (2016 – present). University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development and Disability, Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Athens, GA
  • Roster of Accreditation Evaluators, (2013 – present). Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD
  • Chair, (2013 – present). Continuing Education Approval Committee, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA). Atlanta, GA
  • Committee Member, (2015 – 2018). Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD), American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD
  • Committee Member, (2013 – 2014). Continuing Competency Product Development Team (CCPDT), National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Gaithersburg, MD.
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