John White, PhD, OTR/L

Program Director and Professor

 

John loves to nurture people to achieve their best, whether students, faculty, or his occupational therapy clients. He brings this passion and skill to his leadership and teaching for the community of learning found within the School of Occupational Therapy. John believes that the innovative work being done by faculty and students in the School has the potential to significantly change and improve the delivery of occupational therapy services. His beliefs are supported by research that has demonstrated the profound healthful impact of an occupational therapy treatment approach to diverse groups of people. Development of an OT practice center to implement these ideas more directly is a long term goal he envisions for the school.


People with chronic disability face many obstacles in participating in society or their chosen occupations, and John advocates, through his teaching, community work, and research, to remove those barriers and promote more satisfying opportunities for people with disabilities. John is one of the early pioneers in the study and research of occupational science, a burgeoning field designed to understand the complexities of human occupation, and to apply that knowledge to the practice of occupational therapy. Dr. White believes that this emerging knowledge base also supports the development of occupational justice, or social justice through occupational therapy. Using this approach will enable occupational therapists to tackle significant problems facing society such as rapidly changing activity patterns, environmental degradation, and a growing aging population; and he brings this research into the curriculum. John is currently working on a project with students and faculty member Dr. Sandra Rogers to collaborate with other researchers across the U.S. to improve the outcomes for people transitioning from jail or prison into community life. Early results from this OT work in corrections are very promising for a much larger role for occupational therapy in this area of social need.


A challenge outside of work that John enjoys is finding time to juggle his many interests, such as guitar, skiing, camping, woodworking, and yoga. He can often be seen biking or walking the streets of Forest Grove with his wife Bonnie, two children, and their Dalmation, who he says, are great supporters in the quest for a balanced occupational life.

Publications

White, J.A., Rogers, S., Hamilton, T., & Grass, C. (2012). Occupational therapy in criminal justice. In L. Cara & A. MacRae (Eds) Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice. (3rd ed.). Florence, KY:  Delmar Cengage.

 

White, J.A., Rogers, S., Hamilton, T., & Grass, C. (in press). Occupational therapy in criminal justice. In L. Cara & A. MacRae (Eds) Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice. (3rd ed.). Florence, KY:  Delmar Cengage.

White, J. A. (2009). Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Practice, 2nd Edition: A new version already!? OTAO Webletter (March). (non-peer reviewed)

Munoz, J., Farnworth, L. Hamilton, T., Prioletti, G., Rogers, S., & White, J. A. J. (in press). Crossing borders in correctional institutions. In F. Kronenberg, N. Pollard & D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Occupational therapy without borders (2nd ed.). London: Elsevier.

White, J. A. (2009). Questions for occupational therapy. In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn & B. B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy (11th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

White, J. A. (1999). Occupation and adaptation: An ethnographic study of people with disabilities using the ADA to fight employment discrimination. Unpublished dissertation, University of Southern California.

White, J. A. (1996). Miles Davis: Occupations in the extreme. In R. Zemke & F. Clark (Eds.), Occupational science: The evolving discipline (pp. 259-273). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

White, J. A. (1996). Temporal adaptation in the intensive care unit. In R. Zemke & F. Clark (Eds.), Occupational science: The evolving discipline (pp. 363-371). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

 

Professional Presentations and Workshops

2012

-AOTA Annual Conference & Expo-Indianapolis, Indiana, April 13
1) AOTF Workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
2) Psychosocial OT Practices in a Changing Healthcare Environment: OT in Criminal Justice Settings Co-presenter with Toby Hamilton, (Organizer: Liz Cara, Co-presenters: Elizabeth Carley, Bill Lambert, Robinette Amaker, & Renee Taylor) AOTA Pre-Conference Insititute (2 hours of 6 hour program)
3) Evidence and Occupation-based Intervention in Community Corrections Co-presented with Sandra Rogers with assistance by Brandon Johnson (90 min short course)

2011   

-The Sanderson Lecture: Occupational Justice: Making a Difference for Our Clients (University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, invited keynote speaker, April 5)

-Tools for Practice: 4 hour workshop (University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, April 6)

-AOTF: New Directions for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (AOTF/SoTL 3 hour workshop, Co-leader). 

-AOTA Annual Conference & Expo-Philadelphia, PA, April 13.

Interprofessional Case Conference: Evidence-Based Practice: Team Perspectives (Co-coordinator/presenter)

2010   

-AOTA Pre-conference Institute: AOTF Institute on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Co-leader)  AOTA Annual Conference and Expo, Orlando, FL, April 28

-Interprofessional Case Conference-Pacific University A Unique Model of Interprofessional Diabetes Care Hillsboro, OR (Coordinator/presenter)

-AOTA/AOTF: Pre-conference Institute: New Directions for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (accepted) (Co-leader)

-Interprofessional Case Conference-Pacific University A Unique Model of Interprofessional Diabetes Care Hillsboro, OR (Coordinator/presenter)

2009                                 

-AOTA/AOTF: Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Co-leader),

2008                                 

-AOTA 

1)   Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in Corrections (Co-presenter)    

2)   AOTA/AOTF Pre-Conference Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-Year 2 (Co-leader for 2 days) April, Long Beach, CA

-Pacific University Schools of OT & PT Alumni Reunion Continuing Education International Practice and Education  (Co-presenter)  June

2007                                 

-Rogers, S. L. & White, J. A. Physical Activity and Wellness: Relationship to Health. Inservice for staff at Washington County Community Corrections. Hillsboro, OR.

-AOTA/AOTF: Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Co-leader), St. Louis, MO     

-Society for the Study of Occupation:USA  Crossing Borders in Corrections Institutions: Evidence for Occupational Enrichment in Community (Co-presenter) October Albuquerque, NM

-OTAO Annual Conference 1) Is Occupation-Based Practice Possible in the Intensive Care Unit?Yes!  2)  Putting the OT Practice Framework to Work in Practice  Portland, OR  October

-Reframing Practice with Occupation- and Client-centered Approaches, Invited workshop, Providence Hospital, Medford, OR   September