Curriculum Vitae

George Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L
Distinguished Professor



  • Bachelor of Science Philosophy
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Master of Arts International Relations
    Boston University
  • Master of Science Occupational Therapy
    University of Puget Sound
  • Doctor of Philosophy Education
    (Measurement, Statistics, Research Design)
    University of Washington


Certifications and Licensure

  • Washington State Occupational Therapy license



  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association


Courses Taught

  • OT 605 Functional Anatomy (Biomechanics portion)
  • OT 633A Human Performance & Adaptation
  • OT 634 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Research
  • OT 697 Research Design
  • OT 698A Research Project I
  • OT 698B Research Project II
  • Supervising chair of student research and program development projects


Key University and Community Service

  • Faculty Governance (Faculty Senate and vice-chair one year, twice chaired university Curriculum Committee, Professional Standards Committee, and chaired Occupational Therapy Program 1998-2012)
  • Occupational Therapy Program enrollment and outcome data analysis, 1991-present
  • Campus ergonomic evaluations, 2000-present
  • Helped found and lead three public education non-profit organizations  (Chesapeake Energy Alliance, Sixth Sense, Northwest Middle East Peace Forum)


Awards and Honors

  • Regester Lectureship, 2012
  • Distinguished Professor, 2010
  • Roster of Merit, Washington Occupational Therapy Association, 2004
  • Service award, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2001


Book Chapters

Tomlin, G. (2008). Scientific reasoning. In B. A. Schell & J. Schell (Eds.). Clinical and professional reasoning (pp. 91-124). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Tomlin, G. S. (2001). Research activities in an occupational therapy foundations course. In E. B. Crepeau (Ed.), Research across the curriculum: A guide for occupational therapy educators (pp. 148-161). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


Journal Articles

Tomlin, G., & Borgetto, B. (2011). Research pyramid: A new evidence-based practice model for occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 189-196. (Link for AOTA members)

Tomlin, G. (2005). The use of interactive video client simulation scores to predict clinical performance of occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 50-56.

Tomlin, G. S., Holm, M. B., Rogers, J. C., & Kwoh, C. K. (1996).  Comparison of standard and alternative Health Assessment Questionnaire scoring procedures for documenting functional outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  Journal of Rheumatology, 23 , 1524-1530.

Tomlin, G.  (1994).  The evaluation of an interactive video patient simulation experience.  Journal of Medical Education Technologies, 4 (3),10-18.

Tomlin G. (1990, March).  From exposure to practice: Vocational curriculum in an occupational therapy program.  Work Special Interest Section Newsletter,American Occupational Therapy Association

Tomlin, G. (1986).  Clinical skills training in an occupational therapy curriculum: Operating the on-campus O.T. clinic.  TARGET 2000: Occupational Therapy Education, Proceedings,  American Occupational Therapy Association.

Foss, A., Swinth, Y., McGruder, J., & Tomlin, G. (July, 2003). Sensory modulation dysfunction and the Wilbarger protocol: An evidence review. Occupational Therapy Practice, CE-1 - CE-8.

McGruder, J., Cors, D., Tiernan, A. M., & Tomlin, G. (2003). Weighted wrist cuffs for tremor reduction during eating in adults with static brain lesions.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57, 507-516.

Dysart, A. M., & Tomlin, G. S. (2002). Factors related to evidence-based practice among U.S. occupational therapy clinicians. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 56, 275-284.

Cena, L., McGruder, J., & Tomlin, G. (2002). Representations of race, ethnicity, and social class in case examples in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 56, 130-139.

Lavelle, P., & Tomlin, G. (2001).  Occupational therapy goal achievement for persons with postacute cerebrovascular accident in an on-campus student clinic. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 36-42.

Lawler, A., James, A. & Tomlin, G. (1997).  Educational techniques used in occupational therapy treatment of cumulative trauma disorders of the elbow, wrist and hand.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 51, 113-118.

Khader, M. S., & Tomlin, G. S. (1994).  Change in wheelchair transfer performance during rehabilitation of men with cerebrovascular accident.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48, 899-905.

Brodie, J., Holm, M. B., & Tomlin, G. S. (1994).  Cerebrovascular accident:  Relationship of demographic, diagnostic, and occupational therapy antecedents to rehabilitation outcomes.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48, 906-913.

Holm, M.B., Manoly, B., & Tomlin, G. (1993).  American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee reliability study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47, 561-567.


Recent Conference Presentations

A New Evidence-Based Practice Model for Occupational Therapy: The Research Pyramid. 90-minute presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, April 13, 2008.

Evidence-Based Practice: Adding a New Dimension. Two Hour keynote with Dr. Yvonne Swinth, Washington Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Yakima, WA, October 6, 2007.

Scientific Reasoning. Six-hour institute at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference (one of five presenters), St. Louis, MO, April 19, 2007.

Wissenschaftliche Entscheidungfindung in der Ergotherapie (Scientific Reasoning in Occupational Therapy). One hour public lecture (in German) at the Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany, June 20, 2006.

Student-Centered On-Campus Occupational Therapy Clinic. One hour panel presentation at program directors meeting in Long Beach, CA, May 10, 2005.

Clinical Reasoning in Open Learning Environments: Client Interactive Video Simulations.  Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Assistive Technology Lab presentation, Seattle, WA, April 2, 2000.



  • Tomlin, G., Swinth, Y., & Luthman, M. (2012).  Qualitative Research and Implications for Practice when Working with Individuals with an ASD and Their Families. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April, 2012
  • Garrett, J. & Tomlin, G. (2010). Cumulative Trauma Disorders In United States Hand Therapists: The Continuing Epidemic. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April, 2010


Most Significant Achievements

  • Creation of three interactive video learning programs in biomechanics, infant movement assessment, and neurological evaluation, among the first computer learning simulations in occupational therapy (1988-1992), and still in use today
  • Successful leadership of the Puget Sound Occupational Therapy Program (1998-2012) through two re-accreditations (2002, 2012), transition to post-baccalaureate entry level degree (2001), and move to the new Center for Health Sciences building (2011)
  • Volunteer work for NBCOT: four years on the development team for computer-based clinical simulation items (2007-2011), task force on continuing competency, and selection to the Board of Directors (2012)
  • In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Borgetto of Hildesheim, Germany, refinement and translation into English of the Research Pyramid Model for Evidence (2006-present)
  • Dedication of Weyerhaeuser Hall, the Center for Health Sciences, October 28, 2011