Curriculum Vitae

George Tomlin, PhD, OTR/L
Distinguished Professor
tomlin@pugetsound.edu

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Philosophy
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1972
  • Master of Arts International Relations
    Boston University
    1978
  • Master of Science Occupational Therapy
    University of Puget Sound
    1982
  • Doctor of Philosophy Education
    (Measurement, Statistics, Research Design)
    University of Washington
    1996

 

Certifications and Licensure

  • NBCOT
  • Washington State Occupational Therapy license

 

Memberships

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

 

Courses Taught

  • OT 605 Functional Anatomy (Biomechanics portion)
  • OT 623 Occupational Performance Adaptations II (Ergonomics & Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • OT 634 Research and Evidence in Clinical Practice
  • OT 635 Evidence Project I
  • OT 636 Evidence Project II
  • Supervising chair of student evidence projects

 

Key University and Community Service

  • Faculty Governance (Faculty Advancement Committee 2016-2019, Faculty Senate with one year as vice-chair, twice chaired university Curriculum Committee, Professional Standards Committee, chaired Committee on Diversity one year, 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

  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 2016
  • 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. S. (2018). Funktion des Frameworks des AOTA in der Praxis (USA) (Role of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework of AOTA in the profession in the USA). In U. Marotzki & K. Reichel (Eds.). Das Framework der AOTA (The Framework of the AOTA; trans., B. Dehnhardt; pp. 13-19). Bern, Switzerland: Hogrefe.

Tomlin, G. S. (2017). Scientific reasoning. In B. A. B. Schell & J. W. Schell (Eds.). Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy (2nd ed., pp. 145-169). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

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. S., & Swinth, Y. (2015). Contribution of qualitative research to evidence in practice for people with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6905360010. doi.10.5014/ajot.2015.017988

Tomlin, G. S., & Dougherty, D. (2014). Decision-making and sources of evidence in occupational therapy and other health professions: Evidence-informed practice. International Journal of Health Professions, 1, 13-19. doi: 10.2478/ijhp-2014-0001

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.

Borgetto, B., Tomlin, G., Max, S., Gantschnig, B. E., & Pfingsten, A. (2017). Die Forschungspyramide – Teil 3: Grundlagen der Anwendung für die kritische Evidenzbewertung (The Research Pyramid – Part 3: Application principles for the critical appraisal of evidence). Ergoscience, 12, 134-143. doi: 10.2443/skv-s-2017-54020170401

Borgetto. B., Schiller, S., Max, S., Tomlin, G., Gantschnig, B. E., & Pfingsten, A. (2017). Die Forschungspyramide – Teil 2: Methodologische Grundlagen (The Research Pyramid – Part 2: Methodological Principles). Ergoscience, 12, 90-101. doi: 10.2443/skv-s-2017-54020170301

Borgetto. B., Max, S., Tomlin, G., Gantschnig, B. E., Schiller, S., & Pfingsten, A. (2017). Die Forschungspyramide – Teil 1: Theoretische und konzeptionelle Grundlagen (The Research Pyramid – Part 1: Theoretical and conceptual principles). Ergoscience, 12, 46-55. doi: 10.2443/skv-s-2017-54020170201

Dougherty, D. A., Toth-Cohen, S. E. & Tomlin, G. S. (2016). Beyond research literature: Occupational therapists' perspectives on and uses of "evidence" in everyday practice.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83, 288-296.  doi: 10.1177/0008417416660990

Swinth, Y., Tomlin, G., & Luthman, M. (2015). Content analysis of qualitative research on children and youth with autism, 1993-2011: Considerations for occupational therapy services. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6905185030. doi.10.5014/ajot.2015.0179870

Borgetto, B., Tomlin, G., Trickes, C., Max, S., & Pfingsten, A. (2015). Die Forschungspyramide- Evidenz für die ergotherapeutische Praxis. Ein Update (The research pyramid – Evidence for occupational therapy practice. An update). Ergoscience, 10, 35-40.

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

Tomlin, G. S., Dougherty, D. A., Piller, A., & Serwe, K. M. (2018). Conversations that Matter: Redefining Evidence-Based Practice. One hour panel discussion at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT, April 20, 2018.

Dougherty, D., & Tomlin, G. (2017). Clinician & Client: Two Under-Emphasized Components of “EBP.” Short course at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 1, 2017.

Tomlin, G., Doyle, S., & Schmelzer, L. (2017). Collaborative Community-University Evidence and Knowledge Translation Projects. Short course at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2017.

Dougherty, D. A., Toth-Cohen, S., E., Tomlin, G. S. (2016). Beyond Research Literature: Clinicians’ Perspectives of “Evidence” in Everyday Practice. Presentation at the joint COTEC-ENOTHE European Congress, Galway, Ireland, June 19, 2016.

Tomlin, G., Kristler, M., Tatzer, V., & Doyle, S. (2016). Collaborative Evidence Projects: Community & University in Austria & USA. Presentation at the joint COTEC-ENOTHE European Congress, Galway, Ireland, June 18, 2016.

Tomlin, G., & Dougherty, D. (2016). The 6 Warrants of Professional Decision-Making. Presentation at the joint COTEC-ENOTHE European Congress, Galway, Ireland, June 18, 2016.

Tomlin, G., Swinth, Y., Ryan, T., Gedrimas, K., Borgetto, B., & Luthman, M. (2016). The Research Pyramid for Evidence: An Update and Applications. Presentation at the joint COTEC-ENOTHE European Congress, Galway, Ireland, June 18, 2016.

Dougherty, D., & Tomlin, G. (2016). Evidence-Building as an Occupation: A Preliminary Cultural Analysis of Inquiry and Practice: Expanding our View of Evidence-Based Practice. Presentation at the joint COTEC-ENOTHE European Congress, Galway, Ireland, June 18, 2016.

Tomlin, G. S. (2015). Scientific Enterprise for the Health Professions, 5-hour co-taught Seminar at the Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany, June 27, 2015.

Tomlin, G. S. (2015). Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. 90-minute Seminar at the Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany, June 27, 2015.

Tomlin, G. S. (2015). Integrated Teaching of Evidence, Research, and Decision-Making. 2-hour Workshop for Faculty at the Wiener Neustadt Ergotherapie Hochschule, Vienna, Austria, June 18, 2015.

Tomlin, G. S. (2015). Evidenzen und andere Rechtfertigungen bei der Entscheidungsfindung in Therapieberufen (Evidence and other justifications for decision-making in the therapy professions). Presentation to faculty at the Universität Passau, Germany, June 3, 2015.

Tomlin, G. S. (2014). Education Regulation – USA. Presentation at the 1st International Occupational Therapy Regulatory Conference, London, U.K., June 12, 2014.

Ryan, T., Tomlin, G., & Kaminsky, T. (2014). Considering Personal Experience after Stroke: A Review of Qualitative Studies to Enhance Quantitative Research. Research paper presentation at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD, April 4, 2014.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Theories and Creativity in Occupational Therapy, 8-hour co-taught Seminar, Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany, December 6, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Difficulties in Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Practice, 2-hour Workshop for Faculty, Zuericher Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft, Winterthur, Switzerland, November 27, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Evidence-Based Practice or Practice-Based Evidence? 3-hour Workshop for Faculty, Wannseeschule fuer Ergotherapie, November 22, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Building a Pyramid of Evidence for Practice, 90-minute Lecture, Hogeskool van Ergotherapie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 19, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Generating Evidence during Intervention, 90-minute Lecture, Alice Salomon Hochschule, Berlin, Germany, November 4, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Research, Evidence, and Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy, 90-minute Lecture, Fresenius Hochschule fuer Ergotherapie, Idstein, Germany, October 29, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). The Research Pyramid- Model for the Systematic and Critical Evaluation of Evidence from Various Research Methodologies for Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, and Physical Therapy, Keynote at the Conference “Research Systematization in the Health Professions,” Hildesheim, Germany, October 26, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. et al. (2013). Systematizing Research in the Health Professions, One-hour Panel of 4, Conference on Systematizing Research in the Health Professions, Hildesheim, Germany, October 26, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Evidence-Based Practice and Research, 3-hour Seminar, Hochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Hildesheim, Germany, October 22, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy, 3-hour Seminar, Alice Salomon Hochschule, Berlin, Germany, October 21, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2013). Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Practice, 90-minute Workshops for Faculty and Practitioners, Plymouth, Bristol, Gloucester, Eastbourne, UK, September 10, 11, 12, 17, 2013.

Tomlin, G., & Johnston, M. (2013). Necessary but not Sufficient: Evidence Alone Cannot Sustain Professional Practice. Workshop at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, April 27, 2013.

Tomlin, G. S. (2012). Evidence, Knowledge, and Decision-Making in Occupational Therapy: It’s Not Rocket Science—Or is it? 39th John D. Regester lecture, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, November 15, 2012.

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.

 

 

Posters

Blair, B. C., Dellino, G. M., Thomas, J. E., Tomlin, G. S., Kaminsky, T. (2018). Review of Health-Related Quality of Life Assessments for

Patients with Lymphedema. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT, April 21, 2018.

Pulvermacher, A. R., Younger, M. A., Serwe, K. W., Goldbach, W. P., Tomlin, G. S., & Dougherty, D. A. (2018). Review of Evidence Based Practice Statements from International Occupational Therapy Organizations. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT, April 20, 2018.

Theuer, J., Goodwin, E., Siska, E., Tomlin, G., Wilbur, K., & Jindra, J. (2018). Rate and Duration of Adaptive Equipment Use Post Discharge and Factors Affecting Use Post Discharge. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT, April 20, 2018.

Murphy, M., Schaefer, J., Washington, E., Wilbur, K. & Tomlin, G. (2018). Gender Dysphoria and the Role of Occupational Therapy. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT, April 19, 2018.

Bingen, A., Burt, T., Gangi, M., Berg, L., & Tomlin, G. (2015). The Functional Composite Movement Scale: A Comparison of the Pre- and Post- Functional Movements of Participants in a mCIMT Pediatric Day Camp. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN, April 18, 2015.

Dougherty, D., & Tomlin, G. (2015). Beyond Research Literature: Practitioners’ Everyday Definition, Use and Generation of Evidence. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN, April 17, 2015.

Johnston, M. V., Tomlin, G., & Benfield, A. (2014). Advancing Evidence-Informed Practice in Occupational Therapy: Integrating Local Outcomes Data, Qualitative Evidence, and Theory. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD, April 3, 2014.

Chonsky, A., Berg, L., & Tomlin, G. (2013). Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, April 26, 2013.

Baldwin, H., Tomlin, G., & Linauts, M. (2012). Secondary Lymphedema due to Breast Cancer: Quality of Life and Psychosocial Treatment Approaches used by Occupational Therapy Practitioners. Poster at the annual conference of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association, Wenatchee, WA, October 13, 2012.

Tomlin, G., Swinth, Y., & Luthman, M. (2012). Qualitative Research and Implications for Practice when Working with Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN, April 28, 2012.

Naguwa, K., Tomlin, G., Kaminsky, T., & Wilbur, K. (2011). Addressing the Needs of Informal Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: Self-Reported Practices of US Occupational Therapists. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2011.

Noakes, P., & Tomlin, G. (2011). Emergency Preparedness and Personal Evacuation Planning: Involvement of Occupational Therapists. Poster at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 15, 2011.

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, selection to the Board of Directors (2012-present), chair of the Qualifications & Compliance Review Committee (2014-present)
  • 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
  • Reviewed and edited manuscripts for the German language Ergoscience occupational therapy journal (2006-present), as well as for Occupational Therapy International (2014-2016), now Annals of International Occupational Therapy (2016-present)