Welcome from the OT Program Director
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Occupational Therapy Faculty are pleased that you are interested in our academic programs. Our professional occupational therapy program is one of the oldest and most successful in the United States. Our advanced graduate programs are actively preparing the next generation of occupational therapy leaders and scholars. The success of our programs rests, in large part, on the outstanding faculty and staff that teach our classes and conduct research at the cutting edge of occupational therapy.
Our research faculty has received millions in federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Our faculty research spans the breadth and diversity of contemporary occupational therapy, including the well-being of caregivers of children with disabilities, disparities in meeting the therapy and support service needs of children, function and outcomes of interventions among children with cerebral palsy, evidence-based practice, sensory processing and feeding disorders in children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and cognitive impairment and occupational performance problems in persons with stroke. Our research is generating new insights and having real-world impact on peoples’ lives.
Our faculty has received top honors in occupational therapy, such as the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the A. Jean Ayres Award, the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence and membership in the AOTF Academy of Research, AOTA’s highest recognition of research efforts.
The Occupational Therapy Program faculty and staff are renowned for our commitment to teaching. We have a vibrant Masters of Science program, and each year our Master’s students engage in exciting research under the direction of our faculty. We have an active student organization that produces a newsletter, engages in numerous service activities, and is actively involved in state and national OT organizations. We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified diverse group of students. Students in our advanced graduate program receive outstanding training for professional careers in academic and research settings. We emphasize intensive research training and students often have several publications and conference presentations before receiving their Ph.D.s.
Thanks to the generous donations of our friends and alumni, we are able to offer several merit-based scholarships and fellowships to students. Opportunities are also available to become graduate assistants either within the occupational therapy program or across campus.
I hope that you will consider applying to one of our outstanding occupational therapy programs. In addition to being one of the foremost research universities in the United States, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in a community which blends ethnic tradition, urban sophistication and youthful spirit. Madison is the only isthmus city in North America, stretching between Lakes Monona and Mendota, providing a beautiful setting and numerous recreational opportunities. The campus occupies more than 2,000 acres along the shore of Lake Mendota.
Ruth E. Benedict, Dr.P.H., OTR
Associate Professor and OT Program Director