Positions

Overview

  • I have been privileged to be an occupational therapist for more than three decades and, for the majority of that, I have been dedicated to supporting and empowering people with the most severe disabilities to find purpose and meaning in their daily lives, using technology as a means of empowerment. For the past 14 years, my focus has shifted to facilitating the next generation of occupational therapists to be successful in their academic journey to become the occupational therapist they strive to be. I started my academic career in an undergraduate program in the United Kingdom and have now continued it in a masters’ level program here at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Throughout my career, I have always had a strong sense of duty to my clients, my students, colleagues and the academic and wider community. This motivates me to participate in service activities that exemplify integrity, social responsibility and advocacy. As such, I believe that my professional responsibility includes advocacy for excellence in the entry level occupational therapy program to ensure that we educate occupational therapists who excel in the present, as well as look toward the future, while always being true to the professions’ legacy. To do this I am committed to continuing to build my own competence and excellence as an educator and a clinician and advocating to ensure that the department of occupational therapy at UAB continues its history of excellence and remains prominent in national standings.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Evaluation of a Magic Camp for Children with Hemiparesis: A Pilot StudyOccupational Therapy in Health Care.  34:155-170. 2020
    2020 Factors associated with changes in subjective well-being immediately after urban park visitInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research.  30:134-145. 2020
    2019 When occupational therapy and magic collideBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy.  82:713-715. 2019
    2019 Development and validation of the Hocus Focus Magic Performance Evaluation Scale for health professions personnel in the United StatesJournal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions.  16. 2019
    2018 Preparing physical and occupational therapists to be health promotion practitioners: A call for actionInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  15. 2018
    2017 Investigation of the relationship between anthropometric measurements and maximal handgrip strength in young adultsWORK.  57:3-8. 2017
    2015 Factors Associated with the Use of Standardized Power Mobility Skills Assessments among Assistive Technology Practitioners 2015
    2015 Experience of multisensory environments in public space among people with visual impairmentInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  12:8644-8657. 2015
    2015 Disparities in quality of park play spaces between two cities with diverse income and race/ethnicity composition: A pilot studyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  12:8009-8022. 2015
    2012 Do-It-Yourself AT: Taking a low-tech approach to assistive technologyOt Practice.  17. 2012
    2012 Do-it-yourself at: Taking a low-tech approach to assistive technologyOt Practice.  17:13-16. 2012
    2012 Assisting clients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: The bidetOt Practice.  17:18. 2012
    2012 TechTalk - assisting clients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: The bidetOt Practice.  17. 2012
    2011 The challenges of characterizing people with disabilities in the built environmentOt Practice.  16. 2011
    2011 The challenges of characterizing people with disabilities in the built environmentOt Practice.  16. 2011
    2010 Blueprint for Entry-Level EducationAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy.  64:186-203. 2010
    2010 Blueprint for entry-level educationAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy.  64:186-187. 2010
    2009 A Review of: "Model of Human Occupation: Theory and Application, 4th edition (2008)".Occupational Therapy in Health Care.  23:81-83. 2009
    2008 Compulsory volunteering: Using service learning to introduce occupation to occupational therapy studentsBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy.  71:38-40. 2008
    1995 Equipment Review: The F-FrameBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy.  58:23-24. 1995

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    1996 Palliative care in motor neurone disease.  27-40. 1996
    1995 Beds.  174-179. 1995
    1995 Children’s Equipment.  218-222. 1995
    1995 Environmental Control Systems.  126-128. 1995
    1994 Beds.  34-34. 1994
    1994 Environmental Control Systems.  126-128. 1994
    1993 Environmental Control Systems.  48-48. 1993

    Research Overview

  • Having spent a significant part of my career in a profession that often discusses its’ mix of “art and science” my primary motivation to pursue scholarly activities is to make an intellectual or practical contribution to the profession. My scholarship is not traditional to occupational therapists, rather my interests are a direct result of my educational and professional background, which blends a health profession with engineering and the built environment.
    I have three main areas of interest in scholarship: the influence of the natural (green spaces) and built environment on occupational participation by people of all ages and functional abilities; the use of assistive technology (AT) across all age groups and disabilities and pedagogical affect, student interest, and learning performance.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Teaching is a natural extension of occupational therapy and therefore, since 2002, when I first entered academia, I have been passionate about the theory and application of teaching and learning. Reflective and innovative practices have led me to develop an active approach to teaching. I ask the students to commit themselves to the challenge of active, self-directed learning, and, in return, I diligently work to ensure that the classroom experience is innovative, dynamic and engaging so that they reach their full potential. One of my greatest assets as an instructor is my ability to bring clinical experiences into the classroom. I currently teach in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program. My ability to teach effectively at various levels of instruction within the department, school, university and professional community, has been demonstrated, as evidenced by the fact that our graduates perform above average on national benchmarks
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  • Education And Training

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham, Other 2019
  • Doctorate Level Degree in Architecture, 2012
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, 1998
  • Master of Arts in Assistive / Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering, 1991
  • Bachelor's Level Degree in Occupational Therapy / Therapist, 1989
  • Full Name

  • Gavin Jenkins