Professor and Director
School of Occupational Therapy
Yvonne Swinth has more than 25 years of experience working in pediatrics, primarily in school-based settings. Within the schools she has provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age, and has been involved in the development of programs and grants aimed to improve service delivery to students with disabilities. Swinth has presented locally and nationally on school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books on the topic, among them a chapter in Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and one on services for children with severe disabilities in the American Occupational Therapy Association textbook for school-based therapists. Swinth is founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention. She and her students have been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in classrooms to support student participation. Other research interests include assistive technology, including adapted computers, powered mobility, communication devices, and environmental control systems for people with disabilities. A past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section, she has served as an occupational therapy consultant to school districts and the Department of Social and Health Services. Swinth teaches foundations of occupational therapy, performance adaptation, pediatrics and assistive technology.
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, 1984; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991, 1997