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8th Annual Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars and the 4th Annual AOTA/AOTF Summer Institute for Future Scientists

At the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC 

About the OT Summit of Scholars

The Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, affectionately known as the “OT Research Summit”, was created by senior occupational therapy scientists under the leadership of Carolyn Baum, Florence Clark, Janice Burke and Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar.

The first annual Summit was hosted first by Washington University in 2012
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th annual Summits were hosted by the University of Illinois-Chicago, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Southern California.

The 5th, 6th, and 7th annual Summits were hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Boston University and, collaboratively, the University of Kansas and University of Missouri.

The 8th, 9th, and 10th annual Summits will be hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina (2019), Colorado State University (2020), and jointly by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2021).


The purposes of the Summit are to

  • Bring OT scholars together to share their research and obtain feedback. 
  • Provide a venue for scientists to network, develop new contacts, and formulate innovative ideas to advance the field.
  • Mentor young scientists so at to develop networks of junior and senior scientists.
  • Provide a venue to move the science of occupational therapy forward by building knowledge of occupation and health.


AOTA/AOTF Summer Institute of Future Scientists in OT

In 2016 the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) paired the Summer Institute of Future Scientists in OT as a pre-conference to the OT Summit of Scholars. For more about this exciting opportunity for entry-level occupational therapy students, see:


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