Lou Ann Griswold

Lou Ann Griswold has been at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) since 1989. Currently she is associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her interests include the importance of conducting occupational therapy evaluations during naturally occurring activities. She believes that it is important to “evaluate what we are wanting to promote: doing meaningful activities,” rather than assess physical and cognitive abilities in isolation. Her collaboration with a colleague and eight occupational therapy students from UNH led to a new occupational therapy assessment tool now used worldwide. Dr. Griswold believes that student researchers need mentors who are supportive but allow students to take the lead in their research projects. Carolyn’s research provides an example of allowing a student to lead the research project while complementing a faculty member’s research. Carolyn learned about daily life tasks for people in Ghana and observed the challenges experienced by people living with sickle cell disease. Dr. Griswold recognizes the importance of Carolyn’s work to help inform the profession of occupational therapy as it emerges in Ghana.

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