Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, is a clinical assistant professor in the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education. She joined the faculty at KU in 2007 after serving a number of years in occupational therapy consultation, education and clinical service.

Sabata's clinical experience focused on older adults, home assessment, population-based falls risk reduction and caregiver support. She has also been involved in policy and administrative roles related to rehabilitation services.

Academic Background

In 2002, Sabata received her doctorate degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. She had previously earned a bachelor's degree in gerontology and psychology from Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) University, Springfield, Mo., in 1995.

Research Focus

With several current grants and a large volume of published work in the field, Sabata is active in research and is exploring issues of aging-in-place, interprofessional education and practice, and screening cancer patients for distress.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
Sabus, C., & Sabata, D., Antonnoci, D. (2011).  Use of a virtual environment to facilitate instruction of an interprofessional home assessment. Journal of Allied Health.40 (4), 199-205.

Sabata, D., Williams, M., Milchus, K., Baker, P., & Sanford, J. A. (2008). A retrospective analysis of workplace accommodations: Recommendations for addressing functional limitations. Assistive Technology, 20(1).

Williams, M., Sabata, D., Zolna, J. (2008). Accommodating Aging Workers Who Have a Disability (pp. 51-55). In A. Mihailidis, J. Boger, H. Kautz, & L. Normie (Eds.)Assistive Technology Research Series, Volume 21, Technology and Aging - Selected Papers from the 2007 International Conference on Technology and Aging. Fairfax, VA: ISO Press.

Sabata, D. Bruce, C. & Sanford, J. (2006). Preparing home health clients for work opportunities with workplace accommodation. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 19 (1), 12-18.

Williams, M., Sabata, D., & Zolna, J. (2006). User Needs Evaluation of Workplace Accommodations. Work, 27(4), 355-370.

Pynoos, J., Rose, D, Rubenstein, L, Choi, I., Sabata, D. (2005). Evidence-based interventions in fall prevention. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 25(1/2).

Sabata, D., Liebig, P., & Pynoos, J. (2005). Environmental coping strategies for caregivers: Designing and implementing on-line training for staff of family caregivers support programs.  Alzheimer's Care Quarterly, 6(4): 325-331.

Recent Book Chapters
Sabata, D. (in press).  Optimizing access to home, work and community.  In C. Trombly and M. Radomski, (Eds.) Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction 7th Ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Sabata, D. (in press). End stage dementia.  In M. Corcoran, (Ed.), Self-Paced Clinical Course in Neurorehabilitation for Alzheimer’s Disease, 2nd ed.  Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Sabata, D. & Lowenstein, M. (2012). Physical environment considerations for people with MS. In M. Finlayson (Ed.) Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation:  From Impairment to Participation, CRC Press.

Gupta, J. & Sabata D. (2012). Older workers: Maintaining a worker role and returning to the workplace. In B. Braveman & J. Page (Eds). Work: Occupational Therapy Intervention to Promote Participation & Productivity. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company Publishers.

Sabata, D. (2011) Measuring Outcomes. In M. Christianson, M. & C. Chase (Eds.) Self-Paced Clinical Course: Occupational Therapy and Home Modifications, Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. 

Sabata, D. (2008). Environmental models used to guide occupational therapy practice with older adults. In S. Coppola, S. Elliott, & P. Toto, (Eds.) Strategies to Advance Gerontological Excellence: Promoting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy (p.p. 265-279). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected Recent and Current Grants

NIH Toolbox: Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function, Somatosensation.  NIH Contract No: HHS-N-260-2006-00007-C, Research Associate, April 2009-2010
Somatosensation Domain Manager: Winnie Dunn

MetLife through Partners for Livable Communities, Aging In Place Initiative: Jumpstart the Conversation Grant, A Collaborative Educational Tool for Facilitating Aging in Place, KUMC OT Education, March 2008

NIDRR Grant No. H133E020720, Workplace Accommodations Assessment of User Needs, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Institute of Technology, Co-Investigator, August 2005-December 2007
Center Co-Directors: Karen Milchus M.S. & Jon Sanford M.Arch

Archstone Foundation Grant, Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center, Co-Investigator, January 2005-June 2005, PI: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Archstone Foundation Grant, National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center, February 2003-June 2005, PI: Jon Pynoos, Ph. D.

UniHealth Grant, Project TEACH, Research Associate, 2004, PI: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.

AoA Grant No. 90CG2628, Caregiver Adaptations to Reduce Environmental Stress May Project Coordinator, 2003-Dec 2004, PI: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.
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Dory Sabata


Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM
Clinical Assistant Professor

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