University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science (PhD) | Meet the Alumni

JoAnne Wright PhD ‘95, OTR/L, CLVT, FAOTA

JoAnne Wright PhD ‘95, OTR/L, CLVT, FAOTA

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Program: PhD, Class of 1995

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I was born with an OT brain — it was great to find a field of practice where I could use this gift.

Why did you decide to pursue your PhD in Occupational Science?
It was new and exciting and made sense to me.

What was the most rewarding part of being in the PhD program?
The greatest thing I got out of my PhD program was an ability to think in a more dynamic and complex way about the world around me and how humans interact. I was awarded the Outstanding Professional Enrichment through the Creative Use of Theory Award and was in the first cohort of doctoral students in occupational science.

What are you are doing now?
Dean of School of Health Sciences; Salt Lake Community College.