Steve Park, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor
Health Professions Building 2 372
Areas I Teach 

Steve Park returns to Pacific University after a hiatus to teach and pursue his PhD in occupational therapy at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a former associate professor from the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific with a reputation for engaging teaching. Steve consults and regularly leads continuing professional development courses in the United Kingdom to promote client-centered assessment and intervention. His research follows his primary areas of interest in occupational therapy: evaluation of client-centred outcomes, quality of spending time day-to-day, leisure, and aging.

While living in Australia, Steve became an enthusiastic urban cyclist. Although he will miss cycling around Sydney Harbour, he looks forward to exploring the Portland environs on two wheels.



2013 Doctor of Philosphy, University Sydney, Sydney, USW, AU

1993 Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago


1984 BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, Washington

Recent Accomplishments/Awards

Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Mar 2010 - Aug 2010  

Received Australian national government scholarship to pursue PhD studies for dissertation entitled "The Day-To-Day Qu.E.S.T. - Quality of Experience Spending Time - Developing a Self-Report Assessment for Use in Occupational Therapy Practice "  University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Recent Publications

"Promoting Engagement in Leisure and Social Participation" 2013. Park, S. & Byers-Connon, S.  In MB Early (Ed), Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (3rd ed). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Book Review: “Leisure, Health, and Wellness: Making the Connections.” 2012. Park, S. Journal of Occupational Science, 19(1), 89-90.

"Setting Goals That Express the Possiblities: If We Don't Know Where We're Going, How Will We Know When We Get There?" 2012. Park, S. In SJ Lane & AC Bundy (Eds), Kids Can Be Kids: Promoting the Occupations and Activities of Children (pp. 349-367). Philadelphia: FA Davis.

"Opportunities for Best Practice in Various Settings" 2012. Park, S & Byers-Connon, S.  In RL Padilla, S Byers-Connon & HL Lohman (Eds), Occupational Therapy with Elders: Strategies for the COTA (3rd ed, pp. 103-120). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

“Setting and Evaluating Person-Centred Goals: An Outcome of Occupation Analysis.” 2011. Park, S. In L. Mackenzie & G. O’Toole (Eds.), Occupation Analysis in Practice (pp. 312-328). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

“Goal Setting in Occupational Therapy: A Client-Centred Perspective.” 2009. Park, S. In E. A. B. Duncan (Ed.), Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy (4th ed, pp. 105-122). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.