Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy

Doris Pierce, PhD OTR/L FAOTA

  • $86.95
  • ISBN 10 1556429339
  • ISBN 13 978-1556429330
  • 384 pp Hard Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2014
  • Order# 39330
Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy articulates how occupational science research produces unique insights into occupation and increases the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions. This text illustrates the four key types of knowledge now being researched in occupational science: descriptive, relational, predictive, and prescriptive. This text also offers a comprehensive review of occupational science’s history of emergence from the needs and interests of occupational therapy, conflicting origins and intents, and ongoing development as a discipline within academia.

In Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy, Dr. Doris Pierce and an outstanding group of occupational scientists explain how their discoveries build the science and support practice. A rich variety of methods and perspectives mark the work of these career scientists as they respond to the knowledge base needs of occupational therapy.

This fully evidence-based text also brings the research experience alive for occupational therapy students, describing the passions, challenges, and choices that are the reality of research as an occupation. All research chapters discuss how findings build both science and practice, including learning supports in which students can try out research activities, explore assessment, or develop interventions. Most importantly, Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy provides new and experienced practitioners a thorough exploration of the latest research in occupation-based practice.

Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy synthesizes key works by occupational scientists, including a foreword by Dr. Elizabeth Yerxa, founder of the science. Occupational therapy and occupational science students, practitioners, and faculty will especially appreciate this book’s comprehensive coverage of work by current leaders of research on occupation-based practice.



About the Editor

Contributing Authors

Foreword by Elizabeth J. Yerxa, EdD, LhD (Hon.), ScD (Hon.), DMed (Hon.), OTR, FAOTA



Chapter 1 Occupational Science: A Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge Base for Occupational Therapy

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Section I Level 1 Research: How Does Occupational Science Provide Descriptive Knowledge to Strengthen Occupational Therapy?


Chapter 2 Occupational Science Research Describing Occupation

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 3 The Occupation of Caregiving

Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA


Chapter 4 A Research Program on the Occupation of Mate Selection

Sheama Krishnagiri, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 5 Environmental Influences on Daily Time Use and Well-Being

Wendy H. Wood, PhD, OTR, FAOTA


Chapter 6 In Search of Graphical Methods to Describe Morning Routines in Occupational Science

Charlotte Brasic Royeen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Section II Level 2 Research: How Does Occupational Science Provide Knowledge of Relations Between Occupation and Other Phenomena?


Chapter 7 Relational Research in Occupational Science

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 8 Participation of Children With Physical Disabilities in Everyday Occupations

Mary Law, PhD, FCAOT, FCAHS and Gillian King, PhD


Chapter 9 Participation and Engagement in Occupation in Adults With Disabilities

Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD; Timothy J. Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L;

Erin R. Foster, OTD, MSCI; Mary W. Hildebrand, OTD, OTR/L; and

Carolyn M. Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 10 Living With HIV Infection: Insights Into Occupational Markers of Health and Occupational Adaptation

Matthew Molineux, BOccThy, MSc, PhD; Jenny Strong, BOccThy, MOccThy, PhD; and

Wendy Rickard, PhD



Chapter 11 Different Ways of Doing Food: Cultural Influences on Food Preparation

Clare Hocking, PhD, NZROT; Anne Shordike, PhD, OTR/L; Soisuda Vittayakorn, BS;

Wannipa Bunrayong, PhD; Phuanjai Rattakorn, PhD;

Valerie A. Wright-St Clair, PhD, MPH, DipProfEthics, DipBusStudies, DipOccTherapy; and

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 12 Reflecting on the Socially Situated and Constructed Nature of Occupation:

A Research Program Addressing the Contemporary Restructuring of Retirement

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT Reg (ON)


Chapter 13 Intimate Partner Violence: Balancing Issues of Identity, Disability Culture, and

Occupational Justice to Inform Occupational Therapy Practice

Diane L. Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Claudia List Hilton, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 14 Enacting Occupational Justice in Research and Policy Development: Highlighting the Experience of Occupational Deprivation in Forced Migration

Gail Whiteford, BAppSc (Occ Therapy), MHSc (Occ Therapy), PhD


Section III Level 3 Research: How Does Occupational Science Provide Predictive Knowledge to Support Occupational Therapy?


Chapter 15 Predictive Research in Occupational Science

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 16 The Daily Experiences of Pleasure, Productivity and Restoration Profile:

A Measure of Subjective Experiences

Karen Atler, PhD, OTR


Chapter 17 Development of the Self-Discovery Tapestry

Phyllis J. Meltzer, PhD, MSG, MS


Chapter 18 Researching Retirement: Studies That Lead to New Ways to Look at Freedom and the

Categorization of Occupation

Hans Jonsson, OT(reg), PhD


Chapter 19 Understanding the Development of Occupational Potential Over Time Through the

Analysis of Life Stories

Alison Wicks, PhD, MHSc(OT), BAppSc(OT)


Section IV Level 4 Research: How Does Occupational Science Enhance Occupational Therapy Through Research on Occupation in Practice?


Chapter 20 Occupation in Practice

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 21 The Test of Grocery Shopping Skills: Assessing Occupation in a Natural Environment

Catana Brown, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Melisa Rempfer, PhD


Chapter 22 How Occupation Emerges in the Practices of Occupational Therapists:

Therapeutic Strategies That Address Occupation

Pollie Price, PhD, OTR/L


Chapter 23 Pediatric Therapists’ Perceptions of the Dynamics of Occupation-Based Practice

Joanne Phillips Estes, MS, OTR/L and Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 24 Developing an Integrated Occupational Science Research Program:

The USC Well Elderly and Pressure Ulcer Prevention Studies

Florence A. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Jeanne Jackson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; and

Elizabeth A. Pyatak, PhD, OTR/L


Chapter 25 Enhancing Occupation-Based Practice at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Michele Berro, MA, OTR/L and Lisa Deshaies, OTR/L, CHT


Chapter 26 The Use of Occupation in Hand Therapy

Donna Colaianni, PhD, OTR/L, CHT and Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L


Chapter 27 Putting Knowledge of Occupation to Work for Youth at Risk

Elaine Fehringer, MA, OTR/L; Amy Marshall, PhD, OTR/L; Karen Summers, MS, OTR/L; and

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Chapter 28 Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy: A Look Into the Future

Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Financial Disclosures



Retraction: Corr S. & Palombi A. The Exploration of Quality of Life Through Q Methodology. In: Pierce D. Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated; 2014

The above chapter has been retracted by agreement between the authors, SLACK Incorporated, The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Sage Publications. The retraction has been put into effect due to the chapter containing insufficient attribution for material originally published in Hammell, K.W. Dimensions of Meaning in the Occupations of Daily Life. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2004, (71(5): 296-305)

“The first book to combine the science and the profession, this is an excellent resource for students, practitioners, and researchers. As both disciplines continue to evolve, it is important to be cognizant of how each influences the other.” 

            - Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Doody’s Review Service


“As the title suggests, the book is founded on the premise that occupational science and the practice of occupational therapy are highly interrelated and interdependent. Whether you subscribe to this notion or not, you will find research-based discussions informing occupational science and therapy from a stellar cast of known and emergent occupational scientists between the book’s covers.” 
                - From AUT University, Department of Rehabilitation & Occupation Studies, Spotlight on Occupation

Doris Pierce, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA is Eastern Kentucky University’s Endowed Chair in Occupational Therapy. She began her career with a BS in Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University, followed by an MA in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California. She has been a pediatric therapist for 30 years, trained at Ayres Clinic, and operated a private practice in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 10 years, serving infants and children in home, school, aquatic, and therapeutic riding settings.

Dr. Pierce is a leading occupational scientist. Above all, she is centrally concerned with examining and strategically developing the theoretical potential of occupational science to support the knowledge base needs of occupational therapy. On a broad level, her work has explored research methods; international differences and similarities in the valued occupations of elder women; and key constructs of occupation such as co-occupation, occupation-based practice, and the relations between the productive, pleasurable, and restorative dimensions of occupation. Her initial occupational science research was responsive to her clinical interests in early childhood play, play objects in the natural settings of children, and mothering of children who are typically developing as well as developmentally challenged. Her current research focuses on the occupations of youth at risk and the development of occupational therapy transition services to secondary students with disabilities. She has directed several research and training projects in this area and is currently completing a mixed methods study for the Ohio Department of Education on the intervention processes and outcomes in occupational therapy transition services for secondary students with high-incidence disabilities.

Dr. Pierce has worked steadily throughout her career to support the maturation of the discipline of occupational science. She chaired the charter group and served in a series of positions to build the first research society in occupational science and therapy, the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA. Dr. Pierce delivered the 10th Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science in 2011 as she was at work on Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy, as can be seen in the congruence of the perspectives presented in these two works.

In 2000, Dr. Pierce accepted the Endowed Chair in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, a full-time research position created through a matching funds initiative of the Kentucky Legislature. Since then, she has dedicated her work to an occupational science and occupational therapy response to the needs of youth at risk. Dr. Pierce is proud of her cultural heritage, rooted in farming families of both eastern Kentucky and central Ohio. She also lives her passion for occupation as a dedicated wife, the proud mother of a daughter nearing completion of her occupational therapy degree, an amazed grandmother, an enthusiastic event planner, a heartfelt singer, and a writer reaching beyond her profession.

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