Assistant Professor Sandra Pelham-Foster receives state's top occupational therapy honor

Nov. 9, 2011 - Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon bestows its highest honor on Professor Pelham-Foster, marking the second consecutive year a Pacific faculty member has received the award.

Sandra Pelham-Foster and John White

Sandra Pelham-Foster, a licensed occupational therapist and assistant professor at Pacific University, has been named the 2011 Grace Black Award winner by the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO)

Pelham-Foster received the award at the OTAO State Conference held Oct. 28-30 in Tigard. It is the state's highest honor bestowed on an occupational therapist or OT assistant, and marks the second consecutive year a Pacific University faculty member has been selected for the award. Associate Professor Tiffany Boggis received the accolade in 2010.  

A native of South Africa, Pelham-Foster has contributed countless hours to the profession in both the didactic and experiential settings.

The Grace Black Award is the latest in a long list of honors she has received for dedication to patients, students, colleagues and other community members.

Pelham-Foster's many years of active service to the OTAO include two terms as vice president as well as a position on the OTAO executive board for the past 20 years.

Now in her 10th year as a member of Pacific's faculty, Pelham-Foster has served as the School of Occupational Therapy's academic fieldwork coordinator since 2006.

In this role, she has facilitated more adjunct teaching opportunities for practitioners, doubled the number of fieldwork placement opportunities for students and developed international fieldwork opportunities in six countries.

Pelham-Foster served as the lead experiential educator in the College of Health Professions' innovative Interprofessional Course from 2008-10, a core requirement for all first-year health professions students of the College's eight disciplines.

In this course, students with different healthcare focuses work closely in small teams in both the classroom and field to gain knowledge and master practices that emphasize comprehensive patient care.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Nov 9, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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