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Dory B. Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Department Chair, Occupational Therapy Education

Clinical Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a clinical associate professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. She joined the department in 2007 and has taught and mentored students in the entry-level and post-professional occupational therapy programs as well as in the doctorate in therapeutic science program. Her May 1, 2019, appointment as interim chair of the department was a return to a role she had previously held from July 2016 to June 2017. She was appointed chair of the department September 1, 2020.

Sabata's occupational therapy focus has been community-based practice and aging-in-place. In addition to serving as a fieldwork educator in cancer care and community-based stroke wellness programs, she has also served as a preceptor in an interprofessional geriatric medical clinic.

In 2014, Sabata received the KU Service Learning Award for Faculty Excellence. She was added to the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2015 for significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of others through leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and community-based practice.

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



Sabata's research interests include teaching and learning methodology, interprofessional education and practice, and community participation and health of persons with stroke.