The CFOT Honored Lecturer Award recognizes California occupational therapy practitioners who have demonstrated leadership and promoted ideas and visions in occupational therapy for the profession,
and a presentation gives them an opportunity to share their insights and knowledge with the OT community at the CFOT Awards Luncheon and Symposium.
CFOT is pleased to announce the 2022 CFOT Honored Lecturer, Christy Billock, OTR/L, DipACLM. Dr. Billock worked in occupational therapy higher education for 24 years and most recently was a Professor and Founding Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI).
She holds a PhD in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California, where her dissertation focused on women’s experience of spirituality in everyday life. Questions of meaning, mattering, and how it all relates to occupation have influenced her work over the course of her career. She created the Occupational Therapy Spiritual Assessment (OTSA) tool and is passionate about teaching students how to have conversations that matter with their clients. Her definition of spirituality is utilized in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 4th edition.
Dr. Billock’s clinical background is in inpatient rehabilitation and she is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has taught occupational therapy for 24 years in a broad range of subject areas including neuroscience, lifestyle medicine, geriatrics, rehabilitation, mental health, wellness, and occupational therapy history and theory. Dr. Billock has spoken at numerous state, regional, national, and international professional conferences. She is passionate about innovation in occupational therapy and growing the profession’s role in health promotion.
The purpose of this award is to honor an individual who has demonstrated exceptional effort on behalf of the CFOT for five or more years and who has made a major impact on the mission, goals, and objectives of CFOT in the present and for the future. CFOT would like to recognize Patricia Nagaishi for her years of hard work and dedication to our Foundation. During her tenure as Vice President and representative of OTAC, Pat was already making an impact on CFOT through her implementation of strategic planning as well as professionalization of the Foundation. Pat has gone on to serve three terms as President of CFOT, shepherding the importance of having a vision, mission statement, and above all – a plan. Her expertise and unwavering passion for the world of occupational therapy have helped CFOT flourish; with a streamlined structure of fundraising, publicity, and an overall sophistication of which the Foundation will only continue to benefit from.
Throughout her career with CFOT it has been clear that Pat’s true devotion to her work has not gone unnoticed.
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