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Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Department Chair
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

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.

Research Focus

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

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: Sep 02, 2020

Dory Sabata


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

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