Barbara Hooper, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Founding Program Director and Division Chief
Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Scholars at Duke
female, she/her/hers, white, ally, LGBTQIA+, first-generation, rural background, contemplative spirituality
Occupational roles: shared activities with my spouse, cycling, walking, hiking, playing with my dog and two cats, reading, writing, meditating, learning, camping
Since 2008, Dr. Hooper has served as an Associate Professor and the Director for the Center for Occupational Therapy Education (COTE) at Colorado State University. She launched the Center to promote excellence in teaching effectiveness, curriculum design, and educational research in order to graduate occupational therapists who form community, create knowledge, use evidence and forge paths with clients toward satisfactory engagement in daily life.
Dr. Hooper earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, and her PhD in Higher, Adult & Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. She has published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Medical Teacher, Advances in Medical Education, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupation, Participation & Health, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and New Directions for Evaluation. She has also authored several book chapters and regularly consults with faculty groups nationally on designing curricula, courses, and teaching/learning activities for transformative learning.
Dr. Hooper’s excellence as an educator and influence as an educational scholar has been acknowledged through distinguished teaching and scholars awards and admission to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows.
“I am honored and thrilled to be joining Duke University as the founding director of the new occupational therapy program. Duke is known worldwide for its innovation, excellence, and leadership in many disciplines and endeavors. And I want the new occupational therapy program to be among those. I am excited to build a network of faculty, staff, service users, practitioners, and interprofessional and interinstitutional collaborators. Such partnerships will be key to creating an outstanding curriculum. Our aim will be to graduate therapists who effectively collaborate with clients to achieve meaningful participation in daily life—a key health mechanism addressed in occupational therapy,” said Dr. Hooper.
Sarah Jean Barton, ThD, MS, OTR/L, BCP
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics
Scholars at Duke
She/her/hers, white, cisgender, heterosexual, LGBTQIA+ ally, disabled
Occupational roles: hiking outdoors with my spouse and dog, trying new foods and wines, meditation and prayer, pilgrimage, playing board games and cards, watching Duke Men’s Basketball, reading, and learning how to play the mandolin
Dr. Sarah Jean Barton is the Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics. Dr. Barton holds a dual appointment in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division and the Divinity School at Duke University. Dr. Barton earned a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, as well as an M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) and a ThD (Doctor of Theology) from Duke Divinity School. Her research focuses on the intersections of disability with theology, health, education, and religious participation. Dr. Barton’s research methodology prioritizes partnerships with individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has completed recent work on Universal Design for Learning and accessible pedagogy. Dr. Barton has published and presented in a wide variety of interdisciplinary settings on issues related to Christian theology and ethics, intellectual disability, spirituality, disability studies, and occupational therapy. In addition to her academic appointment, Dr. Barton works at Duke Health as a senior occupational therapist with a board certification in pediatrics.
Sheila Moyle, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division
Scholars at Duke
she/her/hers. Female, white/Asian/Pacific Islander, first-generation Occupations: Golfing, cooking, skiing, running, walking/hiking, biking, reading, crocheting, eating, driving, traveling, playing cards and board games, shopping, spending time with family and friends, caring for my dog and two cats, watching movies.
Occupational roles: Wife, mother, daughter, sister, educator, occupational therapist
Dr. Moyle graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Rider University in 1994, B.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University in 2007, and an MOT in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2012. She completed her OTD and Capstone Project in student performance on fieldwork using multi-source feedback from Chatham University in 2017. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for five years in the Occupational Therapy Program at Temple University. Prior to joining academia, she worked full-time with older adults in skilled nursing and long-term care. Her primary research interests include student development in fieldwork and occupational health and wellness. Dr. Moyle is very excited to be part of the Duke team and is committed to creating occupation-centered fieldwork experiences. She enjoys establishing meaningful community partnerships, exploring novel interprofessional collaborations, and supporting clinical educators in their work with her students.
MaryBeth Gallagher, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH
female, she/her/hers, white, first-generation. Occupations: music, baking, walking, singing, crafting, laughing with family and friends. Occupational roles: wife, mother, dual citizen, rugby mom, and Munster/Ireland fan
Dr. MaryBeth Gallagher is an occupational therapist and occupational scientist with over 25 years’ experience of teaching and practice in a range of settings. She comes to OTD from UNC Hospitals where she was a clinical specialist in mental health and a mentor on the AOTA Fellowship in Mental Health. Dr. Gallagher’s current research focuses on evidence-based practice through practice-based enquiry with a community of practice scholars. Before returning to the US from Ireland where she lived for 20 years, Dr. Gallagher had been a lecturer at the University of Limerick in Ireland for 13 years. There she established the practice education program for the first graduate-entry Master’s in Occupational Therapy in Ireland. She held the post of Practice Education (Fieldwork) Coordinator for 4 years before focusing on research and teaching. She completed her in PhD in Occupational Therapy in 2017. Dr. Gallagher’s research explored the occupational choices of disadvantaged young people from an occupational justice perspective. She continues to have an interest in occupational rights and justice approaches to participation in occupations that impact health and wellbeing.
Emily M. D’Agostino, DPH, MS, MEd, MA
Director of Community-Engaged Research Practice
Dr. D’Agostino is a community-engaged researcher and pediatric cardiovascular epidemiologist focusing on reducing youth health inequities. Her research aims to develop innovative, community-based strategies targeting the social drivers of health for reducing disparities in pediatric fitness and resilience. She also brings expertise in multilevel modeling techniques, the analysis of complex longitudinal datasets, and methods of epidemiology instruction.
Dr. D’Agostino is currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She obtained her doctoral training in Epidemiology at the City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Dr. D’Agostino’s research draws from over 20 years of experience working directly in school and park settings to improve youth health in historically marginalized communities in New York City, Miami, and Durham.
Tomeico Faison, OTR/L
Minority Recruitment and Retention
female, she/her/hers, African-American, first-generation college grad, serial social entrepreneur, coach/mentor for underrepresented groups
Occupational roles: listening to music, writing and reciting poetry, reading, spending time with family, renovating houses
Tomeico Faison, OTR/L is passionate about impacting diversity, leadership, and entrepreneurship in occupational therapy. As the founder and CEO of Therapeutic Solutions of North Carolina, Ms. Faison serves underserved populations across NC since 2003, including people with low vision in collaboration with Duke Eye Center. Additionally, she has spearheaded initiatives to increase occupational therapy services in community mental health, including her current work with a team at Monarch, a state-wide behavioral health leader, to create the first OT position at a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) in the state, second in the nation, which will serve as a model for future OT work in mental health. Ms. Faison’s work was featured in OT Practice in September 2020.
Additionally, Ms. Faison owns Faison Consulting, serving as a business consultant and certified business coach for aspiring therapy entrepreneurs and universities that have an interest in entrepreneurship education like the new Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division at Duke. Along with her two businesses, Ms. Faison hosts a monthly podcast on Podbean, Therapy Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Color to showcase and support therapy entrepreneurs and leaders of color around the world and authors books on the practicalities of business start-up.
Cambey Mikush, OTD, OTR/L
[she/her/hers, white, female, ally, mother, spouse, friend
Occupational roles: cooking, baking, exploring new places, being outside, embroidery, playing music with my family, collecting seashells with my kids
An experienced clinician, Dr. Cambey Mikush specializes in supporting children, youth, and families across a range of settings including acute care, outpatient, community, and in-home environments. As our Capstone Coordinator, Dr. Mikush will design an occupation-centered capstone curriculum, develop strategic partnerships, and assist students in designing and implementing innovative capstone experiences. Dr. Mikush earned a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. For her doctoral Capstone, she worked with the Worldwide Fistula Fund to explore the role of occupational therapy in helping women with obstetric fistula in Ethiopia and has since collaborated on projects in Danja, Niger. Dr. Mikush has been a participant in the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program and has volunteered on multiple national leadership committees.
Vice Chief of Administration and Operations
Associate Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Lindy Norman, MAT
Special Program Coordinator
[she/her/hers. Reading, crafting, thrifting, designing, exploring. Mom, wife, progressive, open and affirming, ally]