Retiree to head national ethics group
June 22, 2010
KALAMAZOO--A former Western Michigan University faculty member is the next chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association's Ethics Commission.
Dr. Barbara J. Hemphill, a retired WMU associate professor of occupational therapy, will begin her term as chair in July.
Hemphill will be responsible for enforcing AOTA's ethical standards, assuring publication and dissemination of those standards, and representing the association at ethics-related meetings. She also is a voting member of AOTA's Representative Assembly Coordinating Council.
A 1999 retiree from WMU, Hemphill is widely known as a national and international conference presenter, consultant and writer. Since retiring, she has continued to present her work at conferences and also has edited the second edition of "Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach."
Hemphill was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Board of Occupational Therapy licensure organization in 2008. She served on that board until her election to the ethics commission.
Passionate about pursuing lifelong education, Hemphill earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 2004 and teaches spirituality courses in the Kalamazoo area. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1969 and her master's degree from Colorado State University in 1976.
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