Wendy Holmes, Ph.D., OTR/L

Wendy Holmes PortraitWendy Holmes, Ph.D., OTR/L

Position: Associate Professor, School of Occupational therapy


Ph.D. in Leadership Studies: Gonzaga University, Spokane. WA, 2006

M.S. in Public Health: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO. 1991

B.S. in Occupational Therapy: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. 1978.



Prior to coming to Brenau University, Dr. Holmes was a faculty member of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington for 12 years where she helped to develop the Occupational Therapy program at that institution. Her occupational therapy practice experience includes positions in medical and rehabilitation settings, home health, long term care, and school systems. Early in her career, she developed a community-based independent living center for individuals with disabilities. This experience led to a longstanding and continuing passion for the role of occupational therapy in community settings.

After completing a graduate degree in public health, she worked as a public health educator in Hawai’i and a training project director for the Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research and Training Center traveling throughout Micronesia and American Samoa to provide training to rehabilitation personnel. Dr. Holmes’ research interests include community-based and emerging practice in occupational and the health and wellness of older adults. She enjoys travel, numerous outdoor activities, music, spending time with her Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and reading.



Scaffa, M., Doll, J., Estes, R., & Holmes, W. (2010). Management of Emerging Practices. In Managing Occupational Therapy Services. AOTA Press.

Holmes, W. & Scaffa, M. (2009) The nature of emerging practice in occupational therapy: A pilot study. Occupational Therapy in Health Care 23(3): Philadelphia, PA.

Holmes, W. & Scaffa, M (2009). An exploratory study of competencies for emerging practice in occupational therapy. Journal of Allied Health 38(2). Philadelphia, PA

LaPier, T. K., Wintz, G., Holmes, W., Cartmell, E., Hartl, S., Kostoff, N. & Rice, D. (2008). Analysis of activities of daily living performance in patients recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 27(1), 16-35.

Holmes, W., Lam, P. Y., Elkind, P., & Pitts, K. (2008). The Effect of Body Mechanics Education on the Work Performance of Fruit Warehouse Workers. Work 31 (4), 461-471.

Holmes, W. (2006, September). Occupational therapy students and emerging practice: A pilot study. Journal of Allied Health. Philadelphia, PA.


Presentation: International perspectives on competencies for role-emerging and community-based practice in occupational therapy. OT West Conference: “Building OT Community”, British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapy, Vancouver, BC, October 2010

Poster Presentation: Competencies for emerging practice in occupational therapy: Implications for curricular design and delivery. Washington Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Tacoma, Washington, October 2010.

Keynote Presentation: Beyond borders: Exploring diversity in occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy Graduate Conference, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia, November, 2009.

Poster Presentation: 2009 Washington Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. Spokane, WA, October 2009. Faire, A., Frahm, K., Hartley, N., Waters, E., Holmes, W., & Wintz, G. Self-efficacy, participation, and activity preference of youth with physical disabilities in an adapted sports program.

Research Presentation: Pinto, R., Carlson, A., Stowe, R., Holmes, W., & Frankenfield, K. Reliability and validity of the Motor Free Visual Perception Test (3rd Edition) for Adults with Brain Injury. American Occupational Therapy Association’s 89th Annual Conference and Exposition, Houston, TX, April 2009. This was a presentation of a graduate research project from the Department of Occupational Therapy for which I was the primary faculty advisor.

Research Presentation: 2008 Inland Northwest Health Sciences Research Symposium: April 2008: Experience of masters of occupational therapy students as peer mentors to students with disabilities in higher education.

Poster Presentation: The American Occupational Therapy Association’s 88th Annual Conference & Expo: April 2008. The experience of masters of occupational therapy students as peer mentors to students with disabilities in higher education.

Contact information:

Brenau School of Occupational Therapy office: 678-707-5002 and email: wholmes@brenau.edu

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