Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS

Title: Associate Professor Emerita
Company: Texas Woman’s University
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Kathlyn L. Reed, Associate Professor Emerita at the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational therapy education.

Backed by expertise in mental health, pediatrics, and occupational therapy, Dr. Reed has built a strong reputation as a leader in her field. She accrued more than 50 years of experience before becoming recognized with the distinguished title of associate professor emeritus of the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and she continues to contribute via numerous publications. She authored “Pioneering occupational therapy and occupational science: Ideas and practitioners before 1917” for the Journal of Occupational Science and coauthored “Eleanor Clarke Slagle: Facts and Myths” for Occupational Therapy in Health Care in 2017, and she remains an editorial board member of the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Reed’s tenure with the Texas Woman’s University began in 1992 and has included roles as an associate professor, visiting professor, adjunct professor, member of the PhD curriculum committee and the university library committee, and full member of the graduate faculty. Prior to joining the school, she held positions such as adjunct assistant professor of library science at Baylor College of Medicine, education and information services librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library at the Houston Academy of Medicine, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Health Sciences Center at the University of Oklahoma, acting instructor at the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, and instructor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington. Dr. Reed considers developing the occupational therapy program at the University of Oklahoma to be one of the highlights of her career. She was the program’s first director when it started in 1973, and it required her to become fluent in a lot of areas she wasn’t initially familiar with. Over the years, she used that experience to develop occupational therapy programs all over the state and to reshape the ones that were behind the times.

Another professional highlight for Dr. Reed was authoring several textbooks. The “Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy” is often considered to be her most important work. Now in its third edition, it is regarded as a front-line resource for occupational therapists. She also produced four editions of “Concepts of Occupational Therapy,” two of “Quick Reference to Physical Therapy,” and one of “Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy” and “Quick Reference to Speech-Language-Pathology.” Some journals she contributed to are Slack, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, OT Practice, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Reed prepared for her career by earning a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1987, a PhD in special education from the University of Washington in 1973, a Master of Arts in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University in 1966, and a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1964. Additionally, she became a licensed occupational therapist in the states of Texas and Oklahoma, a certified occupational therapist registered with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., and a certified occupational therapist via NBCOT.

When Dr. Reed wasn’t working, she was engaged in a number of civic endeavors. She was a certification exam developer and reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., the president of the Occupational Therapy Foundation, and a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals through the Medical Library Association. Further, Dr. Reed has regularly consulted for groups such as Oklahoma City Public Schools, Bethany Public Schools, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., and the Child Study Center in Oklahoma. She maintains positions on the legal committee of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, as the board parliamentarian of The Occupational Therapy Foundation, and as a member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Foundation, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., WFOT, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Dr. Reed was selected as a featured listee of the Centennial Celebration List of 100 Influential Persons by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., in 2017, as the recipient of the Ruth Zemke Lectureship Award from the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA in 2016, and as a Distinguished Health Professions Alumna by the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2016. She was also inducted into the Leaders & Legacies Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2015, and earned a Service Commendation from the Task Group on Maturing the Profession through the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., in 2013. Other notable accolades include an honorary lifetime membership, a Roster of Merit Award, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., a feature in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, and induction into Pi Theta Epsilon, the occupational therapy honor society. Dr. Reed was also honored with numerous awards from the American Occupational Therapy Association, including a Retired Educator’s Commendation, a Service Commendation for Ethics Commission, an Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, an Award of Merit, and a Roster of Fellows.

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