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This life history is one of 29 life history interviews which are a part of a larger project, Life Histories of Individuals Who Have Been Influential in Developing Occupational Therapy (OT) in North Dakota and Wyoming. The purpose of the project is to gather information about the history and evaluation of occupational therapy (OT) practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through life histories of individuals who have been influential in developing OT in these two states. It is anticipated that the life history process will be a powerful way to gather this information. This study is intended 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 in North Dakota and Wyoming. Dr. Carol Olson, a UND graduate, has been a practicing OT for the past 37 years. For the past 20 years, she has been a professor at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Prior to teaching, she worked in mental health before specializing in pediatrics. She was formerly the VP of Legislation/Practice and President of North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association, as well as a registered lobbyist for state legislative session. Throughout her career, Dr. Olson has accumulated a great number of rich experiences both in her professional work and altruistic work abroad.

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occupational based approach, evidence-based, pediatrics, mental health, Benedictine values.


Occupational Therapy

Life History of Carol Olson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA