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Ford Receives Prestigious AOTA Impact Award

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Dr. Ruth Ford, Huntington University’s associate dean of health sciences and director of the doctoral program in occupational therapy, has received the distinguished American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows award. In April, the AOTA recognized Ford for her achievement at their 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, during a special presentation and awards reception.  

The AOTA Roster of Fellows recognizes occupational therapist members of AOTA who have made a significant, sustained contribution to the occupational therapy profession. Recipients of the Roster of Fellows are individuals who have used knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and guidance to have a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services or other members of the AOTA.  

“Dr. Ford models dedication to the profession of occupational therapy and to the mission of the organization she represents,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Her commitment to excellence has propelled the OTD program at Huntington University to national significance.”

In recognition of Ford’s role as an educator in the field of occupational therapy, her award bears the inscription “Legacy of Excellence in Education and Service.”

“Dr. Ruth Ford's meticulous attention to detail and boundless energy have created an environment in the doctoral program in occupational therapy at Huntington University which is producing caring professionals, quality researchers and respected leaders in the creative and dynamic field of Occupational Therapy,” said Dr. Luke Fetters, dean of graduate and professional programs.