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Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA

Interim Department Chair
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, is currently interim chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. In addition to her work as an occupational therapist and instructor in KU's occupational therapy degree programs, she is also a researcher in gerontology focused on serving older adults. She is specialty certified in environmental modifications (SCEM) from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

On May 1, 2019, Sabata was appointed interim chair of the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education. It is a role she had previously held during July 2016 to June 2017.

Sabata has contributed to research and education at centers including the National Center for Home Modification and Supportive Housing, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations, and the Kansas Reynolds Program in Aging. Her work has focused on understanding environmental supports and barriers to participation in meaningful activities at home, at work, and in the community as people age.

In 2007, Sabata joined the KU School of Health Professions as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. She also is a collaborator serving in the Center for Interprofessional Education, the Geriatric Interprofessional Teaching Clinic, KU PAIRS program (with the Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association), and the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center.

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.

Last modified: Jul 01, 2019

Dory Sabata


Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA
Interim Department Chair
Clinical Associate Professor

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