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ATSU-ASHS announces keynote commencement speaker

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas, will be the keynote speaker for A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) graduation on Aug. 2. Dr. Dunn will also be honored at the graduation for online and residential students by receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Dr. Dunn is an internationally-known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life. She has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken around the world about her work. She is the author/co-author of all the Sensory Profile measures, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs.

Dr. Dunn has received top honors in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, and the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions. She is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has received the A.Jean Ayres research award.

Most recently, she has written a book for the public about her research entitled Living Sensationally: Understanding your senses, which has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times Newspaper. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine for parents, professionals and other caregivers.


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