M. Irma Alvarado, OT/L, PhD, FAOTA

Irma Alvarado

Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Joined Brenau University: 1996


Associate Applied Sciences, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

Master of Arts, Behavioral Sciences, University of Houston, Clear Lake, TX

Doctor of Philosophy, Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, GA



Service Commendations

American Occupational Therapy Association, Affiliated State Association Presidents, 2016-2019

Roster of Fellows, Educator, Evidence-informed Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Cross-Cultural Advocate -American Occupational Therapy Association, 2018

Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Sealy Society, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2016

Outstanding Part Time Faculty Award, Brenau University, 2006

Distinguished Alumnae School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1994


Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies

Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified

Therapeutic Listening

Pediatric OT, Early Intervention, School System

Burn Injury

Private Practice


OT613 Research Supervision 1

OT614 Research Supervision 2

OT711 Research Seminar

OT721 Thesis

OT667 Clinical Conditions 2 Infants, Children, Adolescents

CD615 Qualitative Methods for Evidence Based Practices

HS550 Global Health Perspective

OT990 Capstone Project and Seminar


International occupational therapy practice and field work

Applied research: Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect, Pediatric rehabilitation

Children and Families


Burch, E., Allison, J., Cook, D., Wolkow, N., Stockton, J., Espino, I., Alvarado, M.I., The Effect of the Electronic Auditory Stimulation Effect Application (EASe app) With Individuals 11 to 27 Years of Age with Sensory Processing Deficits, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2015, Vol. 69, 6911515233p1. Doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.69S1-PO7082

Alvarado, M. I., (2004). Mucho camino: The experiences of two undocumented Mexican mother participating in their child’s early intervention program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(5), 521-530.

Alvarado, M. I. & Stoneman, Z. (2004, March), “I don’t want my children to have to toil and struggle to live.” Immigrant families: Stories of young children with disabilities: Countering stereotypes about undocumented Mexican immigrant families. Institute on Human Development and Disabilities. The University of Georgia, Athens


Alvarado, M.I., Todd, A., Shotwell, M. Developing, Sustaining, and Evaluating International Field Work in Yucatan Mexico. Poster Presentation (April 2019). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Alvarado, M.I., Todd, A. Global Occupational Therapy: Yes, it can be sustainable in “Virtual Lighting Talk” Presentation (June 2019) Twelfth Global Studies Conference The “End of History” 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now, Agiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Alvarado, M.I. It makes sense: Concepts and Consequences of sensory integration dysfunction. Lecture and Workshop, V Congresso Internacional COMEFYR Electrodiagnostico, Medicina Fisica, y Rehabilitacion (5th International Congress, Electrodiagnostics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), October 30-November 1, 2019. Presented lecture and workshop, October 30 2019. Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.

Todd, A., Alvarado, M. I., Garcia-Leonard, A, Patton, L. Student implementation of occupational therapy services in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Merida, Mexico; Using the Hildago Model: A collaborative approach. Poster Presentation (May 2018). World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Capetown, South Africa.


President, (2016-2019). Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, Member 1994-Present

President, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association representative to Affiliated State Association Presidents, American Occupational Therapy Association, (2016-2019)

Peer Reviewer, Annual Conference (2018-2019). American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD.

Endowed 2 Scholarships: M. Irma Alvarado, PhD OT/L, FAOTA Occupational Therapy Scholarship and Pedro Alvarado, Jr. LPTA Scholarship, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.