Dorothy Peterson Bethea, Ed.D, OTR-L, FAOTA

Chair and Professor

Dorothy Peterson Bethea, Ed.D, OTR-L, FAOTA

Occupational Therapy
F.L. Atkins Building, Rm 430
(336) 750-3172 (p)
(336) 750-3173 (f)
Curriculum Vitae


Dorothy Peterson Bethea, Ed.D., OTR-L, FAOTA, is Professor and the inaugural Chair of the Department to Occupational Therapy Master of Science program at Winston-Salem State University. Occupational Therapy career is over thirty years inclusive of clinical experience in general rehabilitation, orthopedics and ergonomics, plus academic teaching and administration. Teaching comprises administration, management, policy and research. Research focus encompasses self-management/wellness program development and simulated learning. Credentials include Arthritis Self-Help Leader through the American Arthritis Foundation, and a Matter of Balance Coach for Fall Prevention.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D Curriculum & Instruction, 2004, Argosy University, Sarasota Florida
  • MPA Political Science (Health Policy Administration), 1986, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina
  • BS Occupational Therapy, 1976, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Program Development, Self-Management & Wellness
  • Simulated Learning

Selected Publications:

Bethea, D.P., Holland, C.A., & Reddick, B. (2014, September). Storming the gates of interprofessional Collaborations. Nursing Management. Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership (31), pp.40-45.

Bethea, D.P., Castillo, D., & Harvison, N. (2014, September-October). Use of simulation in occupational therapy education: way of the future? AJOT. (68)2, pp. S33-S39.

Valentine, P., Onsumo, E., Duren-Winfield, V., Bamby S., Harwell, G., Conner- Kerr, T., Boykins, M., Bethea, D.P., Gosselin, D., Voulgaropoulas, M. (Spring/Summer, 2014) Healthcare on wheels: Addressing the needs of a medically underserved community via a mobile clinic. Journal of the National Society of Allied Health, pp. 6-13.

Reddick, B., Bethea, D.P., Holland C.A. (2012). Promoting successful careers in allied health and nursing. Journal of Best Practice in Health Professions Diversity (5)2, pp.842-849.

Bethea, D.P., Evan, A., Gaines, T., Reams, M., Roberts, V., Young, M. (2011). Impact of a manual skills program on preclinical performance of dental hygiene students: A collaborative project. Journal of National Society of Allied Health (8) 9.

Bethea, D.P., Lovett, A., Cooks, K., Bell, J. (2010). Promoting Social Participation for Adults through Arthritis Self Management: A Pilot Study. Physical and Occupational Therapy Journal in Geriatrics (28)3.

Foxworth, J. & Bethea, D.P. (2007, Fall). Feasibility of developing a multidisciplinary faculty and student team to assess health and wellness of a medically underserved population. The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity (1)2.

Bowyer, P. & Bethea, D.P. (2007). Mosby’s Q & A Review for the Occupational Therapy Board Exam. Elsevier-Mosby, Publishers.

Phillips, I., Bell,C., Bethea, D.P., Perez-Brown, D., Jenkins, A. (November, 2006). Educating master students to become life long researchers using an occupational-based curriculum model. OT Practice Journal. Bethesda, MD. AOTA.

Kovell, J., & Bethea, D.P. (2002, August). OT/OTA Collaboration. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners Journal-Online. Bethea, D.P. (2001, June). Developing Community-Based Programs. OT Practice Journal. Bethesda, MD AOTA.

Bethea, D.P. (2001, March). Service Learning. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners (On-Line) Journal.

Bethea, D.P. (1997, October-December). Static Splinting for Dupuytrens’ Release. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Additional Information:

  • International Presentations and Service
  • Grants and Funding
  • Honors and Awards

  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. The Use of Simulation in OT/OTA Programs. Yokahoma, Japan (2014).

    National Society of Allied Health Conference Cruise. Life Skills Program for Homeless Men. Charleston, SC-Bahamas (2011).

    Rehabilitation Institute 21ST Congress. Arthritis Self-Management Program: Improving Social Participation through Self-Efficacy Behaviour. Quebec, Canada (2008).

    World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. Promoting Wellness in a Health Disparity Environment and Community Integration: Exposing Occupational Therapy Students to Working in the Community. Sydney, Australia (2006).

    World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. The Talking Pen: Assessing Fine Motor Deficits in Children with Attention Deficit Disorders. Stockholm, Sweden (2002).

    San Felipe Neri School and Mas Que Un Amigo Clinic. Positioning, Transfers and Handling of the Child with Developmental Disability and Hand Facilitation Techniques and Splinting Concepts. Desamparados and Alajuelita Community, Costa Rica (2000).

    Santa Paula College Occupational Therapy Program. Positioning, Transfers and Handling of the Child with Developmental Disability. Costa Rica (2000).

    Service: Smiles on Wheels Project, Costa Rica

    Therapy Missions Inc., Danli, Honduras

    To date, grants and funding secured is over $1,250,000, that has supported disadvantaged students, curriculum enhancement and research endeavors.

    2016 AOTA Roster of Fellows Award

    2014 AOTA Service Commendation for ACOTE Emeriti

    2011 Silver Award Office of Sponsored Programs - WSSU

    2010 Silver Award School of Graduate Studies and Research - WSSU

    2008 Bronze Award School of Graduate Studies and Research - WSSU

    2007 School of Health Sciences Spirited Award Outstanding Contributions - SOHS

    2003 Joseph H. Patterson Master Teacher Award

    2002 School of Health Sciences Spirited Award - WSSU

    2001 School of Health Sciences Leadership Award - WSSU

    2001 School of Health Sciences Spirit Award Creativity & Integrity - WSSU

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