Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA
AOTA President Elect
Dr. Lamb is the President Elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Program Director & Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University, and owner of AJLamb Consulting. She is the immediate past Vice President of AOTA from 2012-2015 and prior to that served as chair of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC). She brings with her the valuable combination of clinical practice as a registered occupational therapist combined together with health care policy experience at the state and federal levels. Dr. Lamb’s expertise includes health policy, prevention and wellness, and occupational therapy as a career.
Dr. Lamb received both her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy and her post professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Lamb got her policy start in the Minnesota House of Representatives working with the Health Policy committee. She was the paid lobbyist for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association from 2000-2008.
Dr. Lamb’s clinical practice spans from private practice, school based pediatrics, acute care, and elders. Prior to her current position she was an Outpatient Director with Brookdale Senior Living managing the outpatient therapy clinics and home health rehabilitation services in assisted living and independent living communities in the Denver Colorado area.
In 2012, Dr. Lamb was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows. In 2011, she received the Lindy Boggs advocacy award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her leadership in advocacy and political action in the profession of occupational therapy. Therapy Times included her on their Most Influential list for 2007 for her contributions at the state and federal level in advocacy and health policy development.
In her volunteer leadership positions, Dr. Lamb is part of the team that helps occupational therapy professionals understand the policy agenda of the association and the role they as health care professionals play in advocacy, she organizes the grassroots, educates others on issues, and spends time on the hill with members of Congress to meet the needs of the Association. Dr. Lamb speaks regularly to groups on health policy issues impacting practice and benefits of consumers and provides participants with practical ways to get involved in the process and make their voices heard. She currently resides outside of Dexter, Michigan with her husband Nathan and their two children Gabby (12) and Josh (10).
A key part of our Centennial Vision is that occupational therapy will be “widely recognized” and it is so much fun to explore the ways in which the message of occupational therapy is spreading around the globe. In preparation for OT Month, I’m wallpapering my office door with some of the innovative news from the profession.
So far, I have highlighted the first app designed by an occupational therapist; a Facebook page for occupational therapy professionals focused on occupation in practice; an article about a local private practitioner meeting the sensory needs of our community; an occupational therapist highlighted in the March publication of Women’s Day magazine regarding repetitive stress injury; and the upcoming Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service.
Our profession is doing amazing things and the public is learning more about occupational therapy every day. If you have something you’d like me to highlight please send me a link or message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupational therapy is an discipline whose aim is to develop the physical and mental level of physical challenged patients,so they can perform their basic and meaningful activities.