I discovered being an occupational therapist is a perfect fit for what energizes me, providing opportunities that help people reach goals. I believe that creative problem solving is the basis for occupational therapy practice and teach students to be resourceful problem-solvers. I have been an occupational therapy educator for more than 25 years. I have worked with older adults, specifically in wellness programs, low vision, and driving rehabilitation and community mobility.
I received several grants that enabled me to examine the effects of aging and dementia on driving ability. Other research focuses on lifestyle redesign for certified nursing assistants (CNA) through mindfulness practice. I believe that clients will receive optimal care if CNAs work in an environment that supports the valuable work they do. I am researching roots travel and the effects of heritage on objects loved, preferred foods, and places we call home. Other research surrounds employment/volunteering and ties to purposeful living. I have published a book, Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Well-being, which explores the values of working into old age.
I keep occupied by hiking, walking our dog, biking. I enjoy great food with my husband and daughter. My favorite pastimes are bird watching, reading newspapers/ literature, and going to inspiring films. I live in Montana, and currently teach online courses for Pacific’s Occupational Therapy School and the Graduate Gerontology program.
2001 | PhD, in Physiological Optics, School of Optometry, University of Missouri St. Louis
1991 | Master in Health Care Services, Health Care Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
1983 | BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
1974 | BS, English and Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.
2011 | Promoted to Full Professor
2011 | Director, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals
2010-2011 | Chair, Faculty Senate
2009 | Named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at its annual conference in Houston, Texas, for research and promotion of the profession in the domain of driving and rehabilitation
2006-present | Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy
2002-present | Reviewer for American Medical Association Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Hunt, L. A. (2014). Keeping employment in mind during the clinical evaluation. OT Practice, November 24, 2014.
Hunt, L.A. (2011). Understanding and helping drivers with Alzheimer’s disease. Police Chief, 78, 11, 60-64
Hunt, L.A., Brown, A.E., & Gilman, I.P. (2010). Drivers with dementia and outcomes of getting lost while driving. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 225-232
Hunt, L.A. & Bassi, C.J. (2010). Near visual acuity levels and performance on neuropsychological assessments used in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 105–113
Hunt, L.A. & Arbesman, M. (2008). An evidence-based and occupational perspective of effective interventions for older clients that remediate or support improved driving performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 136-148
Hunt, L., Salls, J., Dolhi, C., Kratz, D., & Martin, K. (2007). Putting the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework into practice: Enlightening one therapist at a time. OT Practice, 12(15), 17-20
Eberhard, J.W., Stutts, J., Burkhardt, J., Finn, J., Hunt, L., Staplin, L., Molnar, L.J., Peters-Beumer, L., Dinh-Zarr, B.T., Carr, D. B., Trilling, D.R., & McCarthy, D. P. (2006). Strategies and tools to enable safe driving for older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 22, 3-17
Duchek, J.M., Carr, D.B., Hunt, L., Roe, C. M., Xiong, C., Shah, K., & Morris, J.C. (2003). Longitudinal driving performance in early stage dementia of the Alzheimer type. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51, 1342-1347
Duchek, J.M., Hunt, L.A., Ball, K., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1998). Attention and driving performance in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Gerontology, 53B, 130-141
Hunt, L.A., Murphy, C.F, Carr, D., Duchek, J.M., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1997). Reliability of the Washington University Road Test: A performance-based assessment for drivers with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Archives of Neurology, 54, 707-712
Hunt, L.A., Murphy, C.F, Carr, D., Duchek, J.M., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1997) Environmental cueing may affect performance on a road test for drivers with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 11, Suppl.1: 13-16
Hunt, L.A. (1996). A profile of occupational therapists as driving instructors and evaluators for elderly drivers. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 19, 2-3
Hunt, L.A., Sadun, A., & Bassi, C. (1995). Review of the visual system in Parkinson’s disease. Optometry and Vision Science, 72, 92-99
Hunt, L.A., Morris, J.C., Edwards, D.F., & Wilson, B. (1993). Driving performance in persons with mild senile dementia of the Alzheimer type. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 41, 747-753
Carr, D. & Hunt, L. (2015). Driving and transportation: Dementia as a model for evaluation, decision making, and planning. In K.F. Barney & M.A. Perkinson (Eds.). Occupational therapy with aging adults: Promoting quality of life through collaborative practice. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Pub. In Press.
Hunt, L. (2014). From Where I Came: How Digital Narratives About Place Can Illuminate Everything. In J. Barlow & M. Yasuoka (eds.). Interface: The Journal of Education, Community, and Values, 13, 163-174). Forest Grove, OR: The Berglund Center for Internet Studies.
Hunt, L. A. (2013). Commentary: Who’s next? Referral prioritization criteria for home care occupational therapy. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20, 589.
Hunt, L.A. & Slater, D.Y. (2012). Occupational Therapy’s Ethical Obligation To Address Driving and Community Mobility in AOTA (Eds.), AOTA Press.
Odenheimer, G. L. & Hunt, L. (2011). Functional Assessment in Geriatric Neurology. In Albert, M. & Knoefel, J. (Eds.), Clinical Neurology of Aging, 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press
Hunt, L. A., Daverman, K. M., & Pager, B. J. (2014). From Where I Came: Visiting the Place of One's Heritage. Hawaii Pacific Gerontology Society, Honolulu, HA. September 29-30, 2014.
Hunt, L. A., Frankamp, H., & Grosh, A. (2014). Volunteers with Cognitive Impairment Engage in Card Making for Improved Well-Being. European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE). Nijmegen, The Netherlands. October 23-25, 2014.
Hunt, L.A., Wagner-Speck, P., & Winkler, K. Purposeful Aging Theory: Exemplified by Employment or Living in Retirement Community. European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE). York, UK. October 19, 2013.
Hunt, L.A., & Wolverson, C. Productive Aging: Sustaining Employment for Older Persons. European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE). York, UK. October 19, 2013.
Hunt, L.A. From Where I Came. Reminiscence and Life Review Conference. New Orleans, LA. November 19, 2013.
Hunt, L. A., Teixeira, N., Hietala, K., Girondel, S., & Hilleson, K. Occupational Therapy Students’ Opportunity to Advocate European Senior Games for Wellness. European Network for Occupational Therapists in Higher Education. Vilnius, Lithuania. October 18, 2012.
Hunt, L. A. Productive Aging: Sustaining Employment for Older Adults. Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. Honolulu, HA. September 10, 2012.
Hunt, L. A. Using mindfulness: Enhancing quality of life for clients, coworkers, and ourselves. British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland. June 2012
Hunt, L. A., Teixeira, N., Hietala, K., Girondel, S., & Hilleson, K. Occupational Therapy Students’ Opportunity to Advocate European Senior Games for Wellness. European Network for Occupational Therapists in Higher Education. Vilnius, Lithuania. Oct. 18, 2012.
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