George Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L

Distinguished Professor, School of Occupational Therapy



Professor Tomlin teaches biomechanics (the science of human movement), clinical measurement, activity analysis and performance adaptation, and a three-course sequence in research. He has over 25 years of college teaching experience. His clinical background includes pediatric mental health, adult physical rehabilitation, work rehabilitation programs, and ergonomics. His research has focused on clinical outcomes, statistical properties of clinical measures, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice. He has given lectures, seminars, and led discussions in German at three occupational therapy programs in the BRD. He is the co-author, along with Professor Bernhard Borgetto, of the Research Pyramid Model of Evidence. (An article about the Research Pyramid was published in the March 2011 issue of American Journal of Occupational Therapy. AOTA members can access online.) "

"There are many positives about the teaching/learning community at Puget Sound. Among the best are the collegiality among faculty, and the freedom we have to maximize each student's growth in the program. Within the boundary of teaching all requirements in an accredited occupational therapy curriculum, faculty have room to enhance the learning of a student with a particular interest in the field. Also since this is a small liberal arts university campus we are able to readily enlist the help of faculty from other departments when a student's project calls for their expertise. Finally, the campus is gorgeous, and our new building, the Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences, is architecturally the crown jewel."

Research Interests

  • Theoretical underpinnings of knowledge as used in professional practice 
  • Translation of new knowledge to decision-making of practitioners
  • Various descriptive aspects of professional practice

Personal Interests
Gardening, hiking, and international detective stories