Beth Cada


Janice Finley, Emily Utech

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The purpose of this life history study was to gain an understanding and provide current and future generations of occupational therapists a view of the evolutionary history from its inception to current practice through the life history story of Beth Cada, EdD., OTR/L, FAOTA within the profession of occupational therapy. The occupational therapy students completed one 2-hour online interview using a semi-structured interview to learn about her personal and professional goals, education, leadership skills, and her role at a national level. Data was analyzed through coding of the transcribed interview. Four categories emerged from the interview process: professional roles, occupational therapy services, Dr. Cada’s client factors, and perceptions of occupational therapy practice. The results of this study found that Dr. Cada is a timeless advocate for all involved within the field of occupational therapy, including consumers, practitioners, and students. She is continuously active through leadership roles while mentoring others and providing occupational therapy practice to clients.

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