Winifred (Winnie) Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University in Mesa. The Doctor of Humane Letters will be conferred on Dunn during the Aug. 2 ceremony, where she will deliver the commencement address for the residential and distance learning programs. Read the full release
Dunn, who came to the University of Kansas Medical Center more than 25 years ago as chair of the department, is a registered occupational therapist and a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
"You have taken my breath away," Dunn said to Dean Randy Danielson at ASHS upon learning about the honor. "This is such a humbling moment for me. I have been such a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration, so having your school's faculty agree to honor me is the highest praise possible."
Dunn received a doctorate in neurosciences from the University of Kansas in 1983. She earned a master’s in education/learning disabilities in 1973 from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s in occupational therapy in 1972 from MU.
In addition to her duties as department chair, Dunn serves on numerous professional boards and is actively involved in research. She was awarded the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2004.
Dunn's research is directed toward sensory processing in everyday life. Her practice expertise is with children and families in community settings such as schools, day care centers, early intervention programs and family homes.
The University of Kansas School of Health Professions is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., and offers more than 25 academic programs in health care fields. The School is recognized for its highly ranked educational programs as well as the significant research and clinical service it provides in support of the local community and the State of Kansas.