Jennifer Allison, PPOTD, OTR/L, BCMH, CCAP

 

Jennifer Allison Portrait

Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Joined Brenau University: 2008

EDUCATION     

Bachelor of Science, Political Science and History, Brenau Women’s College, Gainesville, GA

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD), Occupational Therapy, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

AWARDS

Barbara E. Grant Award of Merit, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, 2020

Service to Brenau Award, 2018

Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year Award, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, 2018

Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award, Brenau University, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, Brenau University chapter

PRACTICE EXPERTISE & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

Board certified in Mental Health through the American Occupational Therapy Association, 2020

AOTA Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program, 2011, 2017

Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP), R.J. Buckle and Associates, 2018

Mental health and trauma-informed care for children, adolescents and adults, OT with justice-involved adolescents and adults, community-based programs for adolescent and adults with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities, outpatient pediatrics, clinical aromatherapy.

COURSES OFFERED

OT624/OT634: Occupational Therapy: Adolescents & Adults; OT607: Professional Reasoning: Adolescent/Adults; OT 609: Professional Reasoning: Pediatrics, OT617: Level I Fieldwork: Community-based/Mental Health; OT 715/716: Level II Fieldwork: Community-based/Mental Health

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sensory-based interventions for adolescents and adults living with mental illness, assessments for individuals living with mental illness or a developmental disability, using clinical aromatherapy to impact occupational performance and social participation.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Allison, J. L., & Shotwell, M. (2020). The Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation. In B. J. Hemphill-Pearson & C. K. Urish (Eds.). Assessments in occupational therapy mental health: an integrative approach (4th Edition). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Allison, J. L., & Shotwell, M. (2018). The Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation. In B. J. Hemphill-Pearson & C. K. Urish (Eds.). Assessments in occupational therapy mental health: an integrative approach (3rd Edition). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Allison, J. L., & Shotwell, M. (2017). Professional Reasoning in Mental Health.  In B. A. B. Schell & J. W. Schell (Eds.), Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy (2nd edition). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Allison, J. & Shotwell, M. The role of OT in the court system: perspectives from mental health and veterans court programs. Poster Presentation (March 2021). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, virtual conference.

Allison, J., Shotwell, M., Keeling, B., & Simon, R. Effects of the Alert Program® on Communication, Social Interaction, and Occupational Performance in Adults With Developmental Disabilities. Poster Presentation (April 2019). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Allison, J., Shotwell, M., Keeling, B., & Simon, R. Using the Alert Program® To Increase Communication, Interaction Skills, and Occupational Performance in Adults With Developmental Disabilities (DD). Poster Presentation (April 2019). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Allison, J. Shotwell, M. & Alvarado, I. Use of the Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation (COTE) in Multiple Intervention Settings. Poster Presentation (April 2018). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT.

Allison, J. & Shotwell, M. Interrater reliability of the Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation in Community Based Mental Health. Poster Presentation (September 2017). American Occupational Therapy Association Specialty Conference: Mental Health, Indianapolis, IN.

Allison, J. & Buono, A. Using Essential Oils as a Sensory Strategy to Effect Modulation, Mood and Behavior (8/2016). Six-hour workshop sponsored and reviewed by the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. Norcross, GA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Appointed Member, L’Arche Atlanta Community Council. L’Arche Atlanta. Atlanta, GA.

Officer, President (2020-2021). Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. Gainesville, GA.

Officer, Vice President (2019-2020). Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. Gainesville, GA.

Social Media Chair (2017-present), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Hall County chapter, Gainesville, GA.

Officer, North Region Chair (2016-2019). Georgia Occupational Therapy Association. Gainesville, GA.

Peer Reviewer, 18th WFOT Congress (2021). World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Port Melbourne, Australia.

Peer Reviewer, Annual Conference (2017-2020). American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD.