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Gregory Wintz, PhD, OTR/L

Director, School of Occupational Therapy
Health Professions Building 2 361
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Dr. Gregory Wintz, PhD, OTR/L, assumed the position of Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University on September 1, 2015,

Dr. Wintz earned his Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1988 and his PhD in Adult Education with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Qualitative Research at the University of Idaho in 2006.

Dr. Wintz has served as the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University since 2004. Dr. Wintz’s primary responsibilities include program development and accreditation of the Occupational Therapy Program at EWU. Upon his arrival to EWU, he guided the program’s transition from an entry-level bachelor’s to an entry-level master’s program. Dr. Wintz has been actively involved in the University District Health Clinic (UDHC), a group comprised of Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University.  In UDHC, Dr. Wintz offers the team expertise and advocacy of occupational therapy services and serves on the Design Building Team and Curriculum Development Group.  Additionally, he works collaboratively with the Communication Disorder, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs to envision further development and growth of health-related programs at EWU and helps to create the new College of Health Science and Public Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at EWU, Dr. Wintz served for seven years as the founding Program Director of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Idaho State University. During his tenure at ISU, from 1997 to 2004, he was responsible for developing an innovative program that addressed the impact of disease on daily life activities and gaining initial accreditation. Dr. Wintz taught in the areas of OT service delivery, leadership and management, assistive technology, ergonomics, home modifications, qualitative research, and phenomenology of occupation.

Dr. Wintz has eighteen years of practice as an occupational therapist; he has worked in pain management, industrial rehabilitation, ergonomics, worksite analysis, consultation with augmentative and alternative communication evaluation teams, and pediatric orthopedics.  Additionally, he has served as clinical consultant and team member with orthotics and prosthetics, habilitation training, transitional care programs, substance abuse and relapse prevention, and program evaluation. He served as Director of Rehabilitation of Shriners Hospital for Children from 1992-1997.

“I am impressed with the commitment of the School of OT faculty, staff, and students, as well as the entire Pacific community, to interprofessional and international education, research, and practice, and I look forward to being a part of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program as we move into a bright future of health care reform,” said Greg Wintz.


2006 | PhD, Adult Education; University of Idaho

1988 | Masters of Occupational Therapy; Texas Woman’s University

1978 | Bachelor of Science; South Dakota State University


LaPier T., Wintz, G., Holmes, W., Cartmell E., Hartl S., Kostoff, N., & Rice D. Analysis of Activities of Daily Living Performance in Patients following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 27(1): 16-35, 2008.

Wintz, G & LaPier T. Functional Status in Patients Immediately Following Hospital Discharge for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal 18(2):13-20, 2007.

Wintz, G, A Qualitative Program Theory Approach to Program Evaluation of How DUI/Drug Courts Work in Rural Idaho, 2006. Unpublished dissertation, University of Idaho.

Alexander, KM. Sirotnak, N and Wintz, G. Using Surveys in Physical Therapy Cardiopulm Phys Ther 10(3): 101-104,1999.


2014 World Federation of Occupational Therapy International Conference, Dancing for Parkinson’s Disease: A Phenomenology, Yokohama, Japan, June 2014 (Accepted poster presentation).

2014 World Federation of Occupational Therapy International Conference, Perceptions and Engagement in Meaningful, Creative Activities in the Elderly: A Cross-Cultural Comparison, Yokohama, Japan, June  2014 (Accepted poster presentation).

Inland Northwest Arts in Health Care Symposium, Evaluative Procedures for Arts in Healthcare, Spokane, WA. September 2011.

WGEA/WGSA/WOSR/WAAHP AAMC Western Regional Conference, Professions Update Sessions, Overview of the Occupational Therapy Professional Education, Stanford CA, April 2011.

Society of Arts in Health Care International Conference, Preconference Workshop-Building Evaluation Capacity: Evaluative Procedures for Arts in Healthcare, San Francisco, CA, April 2011.

AOTA National Conference, Presentation titled, Perceptions And Engagement In Meaningful, Creative Activities In The Elderly: A Cross-cultural Comparison, Philadelphia, PA, April  2011.

Society of Arts in Health Care International Conference, Poster presentation titled, Using Program Evaluation Strategies To Develop And Improve Healing Arts Programs, Minneapolis, MN, April 2010.

Society of Arts in Health Care International Conference, Poster presentation, coauthored a poster with Dr. Lynda LeBlanc titled, Listening to the Lives of Hospice Staff and Volunteers through Their Poems: A Study of a Six-Week Poem-Making Class for Hospice of Spokane’s Caregivers, Buffalo, NY, April 2009.

AOTA National Conference, Poster presentation titled, Perceptions of Success: Driving under the Influence (DUI) Drug Court Interventions in Substance Abuse Recovery, Long Beach, CA, April, 2008.

AOTA National Conference, Poster presentation, coauthored a poster with Dr. Wendy Holmes titled: The Experience of Master’s of Occupational Therapy Students as Peer Mentors to Students with Disabilities in Higher Education, Long Beach, CA, April, 2008.

Inland Northwest Occupational Therapy Network.   December 2007. Spokane, WA. Topic: Advancing Consumer Confidence in the OT Credentialing Process

Eastern Washington University, OT Department, November 2006. Spokane, WA Topic: Overview of Qualitative Software N-Vivo 7

Inland Northwest Occupational Therapy Network October 2006. Spokane, WA. Topic: OT Practice Framework

Inland Northwest Occupational Therapy Network November 2005. Spokane, WA. Topic: Practice, Education and Scholarship

Joint Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association (Evaluation 2005: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries) in Toronto, Canada. October 2005. Presentation was entitled “Opening the Black Box of Driving under the Influence/Drug Court in Rural Idaho: A Program Theory Approach to Program Evaluation.” This panel presentation emphasizes the application potential of program theory evaluation in isolating the influential aspects of the DUI/Drug Court approach to working with individuals adjudicated for alcohol and substance abuse-related offenses.

Western Association of Health Advisors Annual Conference

Topic: Current state of Affairs in OT Education and Combined Bachelor/Masters OT Program, Monterrey, CA, May 2005.

Workforce Optimization Resource Clinic sponsored by Physicians Immediate Care and ErgoHelp Physical Therapy, Topic: Attorney involvement in work injury: It’s all about communication, at Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, May 2004.

4th Annual Women and Work: Exploring the Possibilities Conference, presented a workshop on Women and Health in the Workplace at Idaho State University, College of Technology, Pocatello, ID, March 2004.

Idaho State University’s Research Day. Presented a poster session with Nancy Devine PT, MS, on the initial finding of a study titled: Assessment of changes in critical thinking disposition and skill of students in the ISU Physical Therapy Program, Pocatello, ID, March 2004.

National Conference of the American of Occupational Therapy Association

Presented short course on the initial finding of a qualitative study titled: Women Incarcerated for Substance Abuse: Perceived Needs for Successful Transition into the Community

Washington, DC. May 2003.

Idaho State University’s Research Day. Presented initial finding of a qualitative study titled:

Women Incarcerated for Substance Abuse: Perceived Needs for Successful Transition into the Community Pocatello, ID, March 2003.

Ergonomics: Collegiate Registrars and Clerks Conference

Pocatello, ID, June 2003.

Idaho Occupational Therapy Association Annual State Conference.  Presented opening address.

Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, October 2002.

Idaho State University, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy,

Clinical Education Models in the Health Professions and Forces for Change.

Pocatello, ID 2000.    

American Heart Association: Peer Support Group, Pocatello, ID, April 2000.

Controlling Fatigue Post-Stroke

Association of Children’s Prosthetic and Orthotics Clinic, Vancouver, BC

Challenging Case Study in Prosthetics, 1995.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Seminar, Shriner’s Hospital, Spokane, WA

Transition Program, 1995.

Washington Vocational Rehabilitation Conference, Spokane, WA

Myoelectric Prosthetics Use and Training, 1993.

Latah Center, Spokane, WA

Human Occupational Theory and Developmental Disabilities, 1992.

Black Hills Workshop and Training Center Inc., Rapid City, SD

Black Hills Workshop Foster Home Project, 1981.

Brookings Area Adjustment Services, Brooking, SD

Work Activity Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults, 1979.