Halley Read, MOT, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor

Halley is very passionate about and dedicated to growing the numbers of occupational therapists working in mental health settings, including the community, and has goals to support the OT workforce to embrace their roots in psychosocial practice regardless of practice setting. These passions have led her to a belief that the innovative, creative and person centered approach of OT is a perspective and value-add tool that can help drive healthcare and healthcare education forward. Joining Pacific University’s School of Occupational Therapy faculty in July of 2017, she is pursuing her PhD in Translational Health Sciences because she hopes to educate future clinicians on, lead mental healthcare practitioners in, and study how to move evidence into practice more efficiently and effectively.  Ultimately, her goals aim to demonstrate the role OT has in mental healthcare and in solving the challenges our healthcare system faces. Halley’s interests and teaching efforts will be in promoting understanding of mental wellness through the occupational therapy lens, exploring how occupational therapy can promote community health and wellness, and identifying solutions for the healthcare challenges practitioners and consumers face. 


2008 BS Psychobiology, Minor in Neuroscience, UC Davis

2013 Master of Occupational Therapy, Midwestern University


Read, H., Roush, S., & Downing, D. (2018). Early intervention in mental health for adolescents and young adults: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7205190040. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot. 2018.

Read, H. (in review).  Recovery.  In C. Brown, V. Stoffel, & J. Munoz. (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co

Roush, S., & Read, H. (in review). Early psychosis: Adolescents and young adults.  In C. Brown, V. Stoffel, & J. Munoz. (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation.  Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co

Brown, C., Read, H., Stanton, M. Zeeb, M., Jonikas, J. & Cook, J. (2016).  A pilot study of the nutrition and exercise for wellness and recovery (NEW-R): A weight loss program for individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal