News & Events

Virtual Prospective Student Information Sessions 

Information sessions for prospective applicants to both the MSOT and OTD programs are offered throughout the academic year. The session includes a presentation about the program, information about the admission process, and a question and answer period. Please see dates and times listed below. Questions regarding transcripts and prerequisite course acceptance may be addressed by emailing

In an abundance of caution, the university is not currently offering in-person, on-campus information sessions about our Occupational Therapy program.  The next virtual information session is listed below.

  • May 21, 2021 Friday, 5 pm Pacific time

To register:

Send an email to with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Date you would like to attend 

Invitations to join the virtual session will be sent to all registrants via email prior to the session. Information sessions will be accessible only to those individuals who register the day before the session.


George TomlinGeorge Tomlin Named Distinguished Professor

August 25, 2020 

Provost Behling announces the nomination of five distinguished professors including Occupational Therapy's George Tomlin.  Congratulations, George!

Distinguished Professors are those among our senior faculty who, in the five-year evaluation process, are identified by the Faculty Advancement Committee for high accomplishment across the dimensions of teaching, scholarship, and service. In response to the broad question--which were the strongest Professor files we read?--the Committee suggests, discusses, and then recommends. The following five faculty are an affirmation to, and are representative of, strengths as teachers, advisors, scholars, and citizens of the campus, profession, and community.  As individuals and collectively, they have demonstrated in this five-year period impressive productivity, scholarly visibility, and leadership on campus, in the community, and in their disciplines.

George Tomlin, Professor, Occupational Therapy, describes himself as a "measurement, research design, and statistics person" who explores the intersection of "big issues for [occupational therapy]...with design questions and statistics." For the last 12 years, he has worked to get the pyramid model of evidence for OT in broader use in his profession, and his 2011 translation and extension of the original model has been cited 56 times; the model itself has appeared in two 2017 OT textbooks.  His more recent work seeks to expand access to and use of the model. He published two co-written articles in 2015 on the value of qualitative research and a book chapter on single-case experimental studies in 2019, and presented on the use of case reports at several conferences.  Additionally, Professor Tomlin helped establish a professional group for scholars interested in the use of evidence.  This work resulted in a 2017 co-written article in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Similarly, he was invited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy to write a position paper on the use of evidence in practice. Nationally, he serves the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy by sitting on the Board of Directors as well as on the Qualifications and Compliance Review Committee and was named Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association.