Joan Rogers


Michelle Arnhalt, Ivy Steiger

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Objective: This qualitative study was to examine the evolution of occupational therapy practice throughout the life history and career of Joan Rogers. The purpose of the study is to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists a view of the history and how occupational therapy practice has evolved from its inception to current practice through the life history stories of occupational therapists who have held leadership roles at the national level and beyond.

Method: The Kawa Model guided Semi-structured interview questions. Throughout the interview process, the researchers gained information regarding Joan Roger’s experiences related to gaining her occupational therapy degrees, research, working in clinical practice, and retirement. The verbatim transcription was analyzed and coded.

Results: The codes that were developed were then grouped into four different categories - academics, professional life, involvement, and retirement. From these categories, twelve themes were created that led to the final assertion.

Conclusion: There were multiple barriers and supports in Dr. Rogers’ career that contributed to her success in the profession of occupational therapy. Throughout her entire career, Dr. Rogers has consistently contributed to the enhancement of the occupational therapy profession through clinical practice, research, and volunteering.

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