Yvonne Swinth PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Swinth is a Professor and Program Chair at the University of Puget Sound. She has more than 25years experience working in pediatrics, primarily school-based settings. Within the schools, she has not only provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age, but has been involved in the development of several different programs and grants that address service delivery issues and access to technology to students with disabilities. She served as department head for the OT/PT group in her school district for more than 5years. She also has completed research projects, worked on different local and national committees, and is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section.

Dr. Swinth works in her local community to provide training and support to foster, adoptive and bio parents regarding sensory processing, developmental trauma, social skills, play and executive functioning. She has mentored student research studies for more than 15 years. Currently Dr. Swinth has been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms to support student participation and how to build resilience in children and families that have experienced trauma. Other research interests include effective and efficient occupational therapy assessment and services in the schools, assistive technology, and service delivery options for children with disabilities.

Dr. Swinth has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books regarding OT service delivery in the schools as well as pediatric service delivery. Most recently, she authored a chapter on school-based services for Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and a chapter on services for children with severe disabilities in the new AOTA textbook for school-based therapists. She also recently has several publications in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on services for children with autism. Dr. Swinth is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention.