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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Elizabeth June Yerxa EdD, LHD (Hon.), DSc (Hon.), DMed (Hon.), OTR, FAOTA

Elizabeth June Yerxa EdD, LHD (Hon.), DSc (Hon.), DMed (Hon.), OTR, FAOTA

Professor Emeritus of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Biography

Highly regarded for her contributions to the philosophical base and values of occupational therapy, for her research on life satisfaction of people living with severe disabilities and the nature and management of time, as well as for her work initiating and advocating occupational science research. In 1966, Dr. Yerxa was awarded occupational therapy’s highest academic honor, the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Award, and delivered her Slagle Lecture entitled “Authentic Occupational Therapy.” She was named an AOTA Fellow in 1973, and received the AOTA Award of Merit, the highest award from the Association, in 1987. Since 1988 she has been an Emerita Professor at USC.

Education

Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Psychology
1971 | Boston University

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Psychology
1968 | Boston University

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
1953 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
1952 | University of Southern California

Publications

1990

Journal Articles

Yerxa, E., Clark, F. A., Frank, G., Jackson, J. M., Parham, D., Pierce, D., Stein, C., & Zemke, R. (1990). An introduction to occupational science: A foundation for occupational therapy in the 21st century. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 6(4), 1-17. Full text Show abstract