Faculty Selected for American Occupational Therapy Association Academic Leadership Institute

Published June 29, 2017

“I believe this institute will prepare me, and the next generation of academic leaders, to continue to enhance occupational therapy education for the future of our profession.”
Department of Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Kimberley Persons from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions has been accepted to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academic Leadership Institute (ALI).

The AOTA ALI program “allows participants the opportunity to grow and develop as academic leaders in the profession.” According to the AOTA website, “ALI participants will attend a two-day intensive workshop, complete seven monthly online modules, and participate in monthly facilitated group mentoring sessions.”

“I am honored to be accepted in this institute and look forward to this learning opportunity,” stated Dr. Persons. "I believe this institute will prepare me, and the next generation of academic leaders, to continue to enhance occupational therapy education for the future of our profession.”

Dr. Persons is a clinical assistant professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the occupational therapy program at UB. She has 10 years of experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a home and community-based setting. Persons has presented on developmental disabilities in national and international forums. In addition, she has worked in a variety of settings including school systems, home care, and long term care.

Persons is also interested in international service learning. She has mentored occupational and physical therapy students in Ukraine and Greece and lead medical and allied health students to Brazil to participate in a university exchange program.

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degree level programs and is the home to five departments; Biostatistics, Community Health and Health Behavior, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Rehabilitation Science. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu.