Skip to main content

Jane Hughes, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Jane Hughes, OTD, OTR/L, has more than 20 years of pediatric practice experience serving children and families through infant and toddler services and public schools in their natural environments. A clinical assistant professor, Hughes teaches theory, problem-based learning, case-based clinical reasoning, family and community services systems, and practicum classes in the occupational therapy program.

She also serves nationally on the roster of accreditors for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Academic Background

Hughes (formerly Cox) earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy at the University of Kansas and continued her study at KU to earn a master's degree in pediatric occupational therapy in 1996. She completed her doctorate in occupational therapy at the KU Medical Center in 2014 with a focus on parents of children with autism..

Research Focus

Specifically, Hughes has research interests in sensory processing, intervention in the natural environment, and strength-based intervention.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document


Foster, L. & Cox, J. (2013). Best practices in supporting students with autism, In Clark, G.F. & Chandler, B.P. (Eds.), Best practices for occupational therapy in schools (pp.273-284). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Dunn, W., Koenig, K., Cox, J., Sabata, D., Pope, E., Foster, L., & Blackwell, A. (2013). Harnessing Strengths: Daring to celebrate everyones unique contributions, part 2. Special Interest Section Quarterly: Developmental Disabilities, 36(2), 1-3.

Dunn, W., Koenig, K. P., Cox, J., Sabata, D., Pope, E., Foster, L., & Blackwell, A. (2013, March). Harnessing strengths: Daring to celebrate everyone’s unique contributions, Part I. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 36(1), 1–3.

Dunn, W., Cox, J., Foster, L., Mische-Lawson, L. & Tanquary, J. (2012). The impact of a contextual intervention on parental competence and children's participation for children who have autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66 (5)  520-528.

Selected Recent and Current Grants

Cox, Jane (Intervention Expert)
Evaluating Effectiveness of Contextually Relevant Sensory Processing Intervention
The major goal of this study is to test a sensory based intervention that is built on solid interdisciplinary evidence about use of everyday routines, and imbeds sensory processing knowledge within the daily life to create an integrated intervention.

Cox, Jane (Co-I)
The Relationship between Sensory Processing Patterns and Participation and Preferences in Daily Life and Leisure
The major goal of this study is to learn about the relationship between children’s sensory processing patters and their participation and preferences for leisure.

Cox, Jane (Co-I)
The Effects of Yoga on Classroom Behavior
The major goal of this study is to examine the effects of participation in 10 minutes of yoga daily on behavior, attention, academic skills and fine and gross motor skills in preschool classrooms.

Cox, Jane (Co-I)
Assessment of Children in Context: Mealtime Observations
Kansas Occupational Therapy Association
The goal of this study was to create and validate a list of mealtime behaviors that school-based occupational therapists observe and record as performance strengths and weaknesses in order to track behaviors of children in natural settings.

Last modified: Nov 18, 2020

Jane Hughes


Jane Hughes, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor

P: 913-945-7334
F: 913-588-4568