Objective: This life history of Dr. Suzanne Peloquin is one of 30 life history interviews, which are part of a larger project. The purpose of 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: A two-hour, semi-structured interview was conducted via Zoom video conferencing technology. The interview was video and audio recorded and later transcribed. The transcription was analyzed and coded for the development of themes.
Results: The categories and themes that emerged represent the impact that Dr. Peloquin has had throughout her career in occupational therapy. The impact she has had on the profession is because of her work in mental health, viewing leadership through multiple lenses, incorporating teaching throughout her work, and upholding the core values of occupational therapy.
Conclusion: Dr. Peloquin has shown that leadership can be getting behind your passions and pushing them forward instead of standing in front of the crowd. She has been an influential leader in the field of occupational therapy, both in the classroom and in her published works.
Her passion for mental health and occupational therapy as an art and a science has led to the development of an ethos model described in her Eleonor Clarke Slagle Lecture.
Grosser, Alexandra and Knutson, Kelsey, "Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Suzanne Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA" (2019). Oral History Student Papers. 63.