Objective: The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the life history of Ron Meier and his experiences as an occupational therapist. More specifically, researchers explored his roles as a supervisor, manager, and director in the mental health setting in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Method: A semi-structured interview via phone was conducted. Ron was assigned to the researchers from a list developed by the Project Directors through purposive sampling.
Results: the major themes that were prevalent throughout Ron's career included: the many close relationships he formed, the programs he established and administered, the positions he held in the mental health setting, the challenges he overcame within the time he was practicing in, and his experience adapting to the changes to the profession throughout his career. The findings indicate that Ron was an influential leader who created many programs, among other notable accomplishments, within the mental health setting that expanded this area of practice within the state of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Conclusion: Ron Meyer was an innovative, proactive, knowledgeable, and proficient leader throughout his career. He was influential in establishing programs but not the different needs of residents of North Dakota (ND) and was active in numerous professional organizations advocating for the role of occupational therapy (OT) in multiple healthcare settings. Ron serves as a great example for future occupational therapists who aspire to work with diverse areas of practice to his determination to create a name for the profession in the mental health setting.
Browen, Kylie and Mayasich, Olivia, "Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: The Life History of Ron Meier" (2017). Oral History Student Papers. 20.
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