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TWU’s Baxter named American Occupational Therapy Association Fellow



HOUSTON – Texas Woman’s University associate professor of occupational therapy Mary Frances Baxter, Ph.D., was among only 21 occupational therapy leaders in the nation named to the 2011 American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Roster of Fellows.

The AOTA Roster of Fellows recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of association members. According to the AOTA, less than 1 percent of all occupational therapists in the U.S. are included on the AOTA Roster of Fellows, which allows recipients to use the initials FAOTA as part of their credentials.

“When I was new to the profession of occupational therapy – and specifically new to academia in OT – the people I admired and aspired to emulate were all members of the Roster of Fellows,” Dr. Baxter said. “To be recognized as a Fellow with such esteemed colleagues is very humbling, and I hope to inspire others to achieve the same.”

Dr. Baxter has taught occupational therapy at TWU for 21 years. She has presented at the international, national and state level, including at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, the AOTA, the Society for Neuroscience and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. Her numerous awards and honors include a service commendation from AOTA, the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Academic Educator of the Year Award, the Distinction in E-Learning Award from TWU and the Doctoral Student Research Award from the University of Houston

She received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, her master of arts from occupational therapy from TWU and her Ph.D. in kinesiology and health from the University of Houston.

Dr. Baxter joins TWU occupational therapy faculty Patricia Bowyer (Houston) and Regina Campbell (Dallas) as AOTA Fellows.

Founded in 1917, the AOTA represents the interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide. The association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditation and serving as an advocate to improve health care. For more information, visit

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