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Reed Professional Development Fund

Invest in occupational therapy education at the University of Kansas with a gift to our endowed fund for faculty professional development.

Your donation to the Department to Occupational Therapy helps us support the greatest needs of the department and achieve our goals of training and preparing outstanding future leaders in occupational therapy.

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Reed Professional Development Fund

The Reed Professional Development Fund honors our department's remarkable history while investing in our future. It is designed to provide professional development to occupational therapy faculty at the University of Kansas.

Expected impacts:

  • To help KU occupational therapy faculty become trained not only in academic fields but also in other professional areas (leadership, management, etc.).
  • To ensure occupational therapy education at KU achieve at the highest standards.
  • To help KU's occupational therapy degree programs grow beyond the university for global interdisciplinary education.

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About Kathlyn "Kitty" L. Reed

Kathlyn L. Reed, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, MLIS, casts a long shadow over the profession of occupational therapy and the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Since earning her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from KU in 1964, Reed has spent the past 50 years touching the lives of countless students through her classroom teaching, clinical supervision and mentoring of graduate students at master’s and doctoral levels. An icon at Texas Woman’s University, Reed has held several academic ranks during her tenure, the most recent being associate professor emerita in its School of Occupational Therapy.

After graduating from KU, Reed went on to earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, a doctorate in special education from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Both of Reed’s parents graduated from the University of Kansas in the early 1930s. Her mother worked as an executive secretary and bookkeeper, and her father was a research chemist and later a businessman and store owner. Reed was born in Detroit, Michigan, and the family moved frequently for her father’s career.

An accomplished author and historian, Reed's most visible work is perhaps the Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy, considered to be a front-line resource for occupational therapists. Her thirst for knowledge about current trends in the profession along with a deep appreciation for the foundations of occupational therapy has earned her acclaim as one of the profession’s renowned scholars.

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KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-7195 • 711 TTY