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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Ruth Zemke PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Ruth Zemke PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Professor Emeritus of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Biography

Ruth Zemke is an internationally recognized leader in the development of occupational science. She received her B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin. Her M.S. degree as well as her Ph.D. degree are in Human Development from Iowa State University. As Co-Principal Investigator on the USC Well Elderly Project, she utilized her interest in applying concepts of occupational science to occupational therapy practice. Her basic focus remains on understanding the characteristics of occupation, especially the temporal and spatial ones. Recent awards include the USC International Student Assembly Faculty Appreciation Award and the Award of Excellence from the Occupational Therapy Association of California. She has served on the University-wide Faculty Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure committee as well as on the Academic Senate Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee and has been a grant reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. A national and international presenter, her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, Allied Health and Behavioral Science, and Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Publications

2015

Books

Clark, F. A., Blanchard, J., Sleight, A., Cogan, A., Eallonardo, L., Floríndez, L., Gleason, S., Heymann, R., Hill, V., Holden, A., Jackson, J. M., Mandel, D. R., Murphy, M., Proffitt, R., Niemiec, S. S., Vigen, C., & Zemke, R. (2015). Lifestyle redesign: The intervention tested in the USC Well Elderly Studies (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Full text Show abstract

2008

Book Chapters

Frank, G., & Zemke, R. (2008). Occupational therapy foundations for political engagement and social transformation. In N. Pollard, D. Sakellariou, & F. Kronenberg (Eds.), A political practice of occupational therapy (pp. 111-136). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Flinn, N. A., Jackson, J. M., Gray, J. M., & Zemke, R. (2008). Optimizing abilities and capacities: Range of motion, strength, and endurance. In M. V. Radomski & C. A. T. Latham (Eds.), Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (6th ed., pp. 573-597). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Full text

Journal Articles

Frank, G., Block, P., & Zemke, R. (2008). Anthropology, occupational therapy and disability studies: Collaborations and prospects [Introduction to special theme issue]. Practicing Anthropology, 30(3), 2-5. Full text Show abstract

2002

Journal Articles

Hay, J., LaBree, L., Luo, R., Clark, F. A., Carlson, M. E., Mandel, D., Zemke, R., Jackson, J. M., & Azen, S. P. (2002). Cost-effectiveness of preventive occupational therapy for independent-living older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 50(8), 1381-1388. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1532-5415.2002.50359.x Show abstract

2001

Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Azen, S. P., Carlson, M. E., Mandel, D., LaBree, L., Hay, J., Zemke, R., Jackson, J. M., & Lipson, L. (2001). Embedding health-promoting changes into the daily lives of independent-living older adults: Long-term follow-up of occupational therapy intervention. Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 56(1), 60-63. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/56.1.P60 Show abstract

2000

Journal Articles

Jackson, J. M., Kennedy, B. L., Mandel, D., Carlson, M. E., Cherry, B. J., Fanchiang, S. P., Ding, L., Zemke, R., Azen, S. P., LaBree, L., & Clark, F. A. (2000). Derivation and pilot assessment of a health promotion program for Mandarin-speaking Chinese older adults. The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 50(2), 127-149. https://doi.org/10.2190/9V9H-E4L7-BTJP-9WMJ Show abstract

1999

Books

Mandel, D. R., Jackson, J. M., Zemke, R., Nelson, L., & Clark, F. A. (1999). Lifestyle redesign: Implementing the Well Elderly Program. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Full text

1998

Journal Articles

Jackson, J. M., Carlson, M. E., Mandel, D., Zemke, R., & Clark, F. A. (1998). Occupation in lifestyle redesign: The Well Elderly Study occupational therapy program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52(5), 326-336. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.52.5.326 Show abstract

1997

Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Azen, S. P., Zemke, R., Jackson, J. M., Carlson, M. E., Mandel, D., Hay, J., Josephson, K., Cherry, B., Hessel, C., Palmer, J., & Lipson, L. (1997). Occupational therapy for independent-living older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 278(16), 1321-1326. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1997.03550160041036 Show abstract

1996

Books

Zemke, R., & Clark, F. A. (1996). Occupational science: The evolving discipline. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Book Chapters

Gray, J. M., Kennedy, B. L., & Zemke, R. (1996). Application of dynamic systems theory to occupation. In R. Zemke & F. Clark (Eds.), Occupational science: The evolving discipline (pp. 297-324). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Carlson, M. E., Zemke, R., Frank, G., Patterson, K., Ennevor, B. L., Rankin-Martinez, A., Hobson, L. A., Crandall, J., Mandel, D., & Lipson, L. (1996). Life domains and adaptive strategies of a group of low-income, well older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(2), 99-108. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.50.2.99 Show abstract

Carlson, M. E., Fanchiang, S. P., Zemke, R., & Clark, F. A. (1996). A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of occupational therapy for older persons. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(2), 89-98. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.50.2.89 Show abstract

1993

Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Zemke, R., Frank, G., Parham, D., Neville-Jan, A. M., Hedricks, C., Carlson, M. E., Fazio, L., & Abreu, B. (1993). Dangers inherent in the partition of occupational therapy and occupational science [The issue is]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47(2), 184-186. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.47.2.184

1991

Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Parham, D., Carlson, M. E., Frank, G., Jackson, J. M., Pierce, D., Wolf, R. J., & Zemke, R. (1991). Occupational science: Academic innovation in the service of occupational therapy's future. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(4), 300-310. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.45.4.300 Show abstract

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