Barbara Hooper, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Founding Program Director and Division Chief
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.
Michael Iwama, PhD, MSc, BScOT
Dr. Iwama is widely recognized for having developed the “Kawa Model” (‘Kawa’ is Japanese for ‘River’), the first substantial model of practice in the rehabilitation sciences developed outside the English-speaking world. The Kawa Model is now taught in over 600 health professions education programs internationally and used in practice across six continents. He has emerged as a very important and progressive thinker in the fields of occupational therapy and rehabilitation sciences worldwide.
Dr. Iwama draws on his rich experience of acculturating into Eastern and Western social spheres of experience to drive his profound and critical perspectives on culture and its intersections with theory and practice in the rehabilitation sciences.
Most recently, Dr. Iwama was the Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, at MGH Institute of Health Professions.
A passionate and captivating communicator, Dr, Iwama regularly is invited to lecture to both U.S. and international audiences. Since his book, The Kawa Model: Culturally Relevant Occupational Therapy, was published in 2006, he has given over 350 invited national and international lectures and over 40 keynote and plenary addresses at scientific and professional conferences. He has more than 25 publications in both English and Japanese professional journals.
Dr. Iwama is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds similar adjunct professorial appointments at six universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia. Prior to arriving at the MGH Institute, he was professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Iwama completed advanced studies in Medical Anthropology from University of Leiden, Netherlands, and has earned a PhD in Sociology from Kibi International University in Japan, a MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from University of British Columbia, a BSc in Occupational Therapy from University of British Columbia, and a BSc in Human Performance from the University of Victoria.
Antoine Bailliard, PhD, MS, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
He/him/his, white, cisgender, heterosexual, LGBTQIA+ ally
Occupational roles: father of twins, spouse, traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking, sailing, disc golf, soccer, and cooking
Dr. Antoine Bailliard is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy. He earned an M.S. in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Occupational Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on exploring how sensory processing patterns affect community integration and participation in meaningful occupations. His community-engaged scholarship focuses on improving the delivery of community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. His theoretical work focuses on expanding understandings of occupational justice to enhance inclusion and understandings of how sensory processing patterns affect meaningful participation. Dr. Bailliard uses participatory methods to partner with people with lived experience with mental illness to design and implement research activities and in the development of tools and programs that improve the health, wellbeing, meaningful participation, and community integration of persons with serious mental illness. Dr. Bailliard’s clinical experience spans from working in acute inpatient mental health, chronic inpatient mental health, and community-based mental health settings. Currently, Dr. Bailliard is Co-Principal Investigator of a 5-year $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to design an innovative assertive outreach team to meet the needs of adults with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Dr. Bailliard is also a co-investigator for the Public Mental Health Partnership between the L.A. County Department of Mental Health and UCLA. He is also a consultant and trainer for the Institute for Best Practices at the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Denise Nepveux, PhD
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
She/her/hers, white, cisgender, LGBTQIA+ ally
Occupations: singing, community organizing and activism, reading, learning languages, walking, gardening, birdwatching, traveling, caring for our four cats
Occupational roles: Spouse, step-mother, aunt, godmother, daughter, sibling, educator, occupational therapist, gardener, citizen/community member
Dr. Denise Nepveux is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy. She earned a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Washington University. She practiced as an OT in mental health in the Chicago area and earned her Ph.D. in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research on Ghanaian disabled women’s life narratives and a NIDILRR-funded postdoctoral fellowship in disability and rehabilitation research from Syracuse University. Her research on disability in Ghana is published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and the 2021 edited volume, Disability in Africa. She has also published and presented on her community activism and arts collaborations with older adults. Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Nepveux was an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College in Upstate New York.
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.
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.
Kimberly P. Hreha, EdD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology
Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
She/her/hers, white, female, ally, mother, spouse, researcher Occupational roles: painting, learning, writing, gardening, biking
Dr. Hrera graduated from Misericordia University in 2006, with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She started working at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation as a clinician on the stroke unit, eventually collaborating with the Kessler Foundation scientists on stroke research. She pursued a research doctorate initially to contribute to the lack of evidence on assessment and treatment options for people with spatial neglect symptoms post-stroke. In 2017 she graduated at Teachers College, Columbia University with an EdD in Motor Learning and Occupational Therapy, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Before coming to Duke, she was supported as a K12 scholar in the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and expanded her research to include vision impairments, common to aging individuals. Dr. Hrera has been awarded honors such as the Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation in 2018, by the National Stroke Association and the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine. In addition to her academic appointment, Kimberly works at Duke Eye Center as an occupational therapist.
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.
Sheila Moyle, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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 inter-professional collaborations, and supporting clinical educators in their work with her students.
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.