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The purpose of the project was to gather information about the history and evolution 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. For this particular life history, a semi-structured phone interview was conducted between the student researchers and Dr. Christiansen.The interview was audio recorded and later transcribed verbatim and coded. In addition to the phone interview, a curriculum vitae (CV) and Biosketch were obtained from Dr. Christiansen to appropriately depict the professional life and contributions he has made to the field of occupational therapy. For this research project, the Kawa theoretical model was followed to understand the flow of Dr. Christistian’s life work and how it fits into the greater scheme of occupational therapy. Through this process, the researchers have created the assertion that Dr. Christiansen’s passion and influence in occupational therapy flow from a lifetime of being shaped through experiences and personal interests in the field.

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occupational therapists, biography [publication type]


Occupational Therapy

Life History of Dr. Charles Christiansen EdD, OTR/(C), FAOTA