Wendy Hildenbrand, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
A clinical assistant professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy Education since 1996, Wendy Hildenbrand, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, is also active with the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was elected president of the association for 2019-2022.
She earned a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and master's degree in public health from the University of Kansas. In 2017, she completed her doctorate from KU's Department of Public Administration.
Hildenbrand has research interests in developing through exploration of the intersection between occupational therapy, public health, and public administration. In addition, she is studying the impact of policy and decision-making on occupational performance and life satisfaction, and in the area of organizational change/development, specifically the effect of organizational administration versus professional leadership in successful transition and the impact of electronic communication on professional relationships.
Hildenbrand serves as co-principal investigator and faculty advisor for the Community Health Project, a 14-year community-based and interdisciplinary experience designed to enhance the education experience of health professions students by immersing them in a public health or social service setting.
After eight years working in mental health and two years in public schools, Hildenbrand continues to have a special place in her heart for troubled adolescents as well as adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Her interest in public health stems from understanding occupation as central to health and wellness and recognizing the confines and supports due to systems and policy. She believes society is missing public health opportunities every day.
In addition to professional practice, Hildenbrand is committed to professional leadership as indicated by continuous involvement with state and national associations, most recently serving the American Occupational Therapy Association as speaker of the Representative Assembly (2004-07).