Elizabeth A. Fain

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth A. Fain

Occupational Therapy
FL Atkins 446
(336) 750-8854 (p)
(336) 750-3173 (f)

Curriculum Vitae


I have a passion for helping others. I have fulfilled this through many roles including clinical practice in occupational therapy in a variety of settings and roles for over 25 years. I am committed to lighting the fire of passion for others pursuing occupational therapy to make a tremendous impact on the future and our profession.

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I have a passion for helping others. I have fulfilled this through many roles including clinical practice in occupational therapy in a variety of settings and roles for over 25 years. I am committed to lighting the fire of passion for others pursuing occupational therapy to make a tremendous impact on the future and our profession.

Educational Background

  • EdD, 2014, University of Saint Augustine
  • EdS, 2009, Appalachian State University
  • MHS, 1989, Medical University of South Carolina
  • BS, 1981, Medical College of Georgia

Selected Publications:

Media Attention for Research Project:

Best, S. (2016). Why millennials have WEAK handshakes: Lack of 'hard work' means young people today have less grip strength. Daily Mail.

Electric Science News (Producers). (2016). Why millennials WEAK handshakes Lack hard work means young people today grip strength.

Fain, E. & Weatherford, C. (2016). Comparative study of millennials’ (age 20-34) grip and lateral pinch with the norms. Journal of Hand Therapy.  Impact metrics for Altmetric in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.

Graves, G. (2016, July, 5). Interview with Vogue writer.

Jacewicz, N. (2016, June 13). Millennials may be losing their grip. National Public Radio 

LaVorgna, B. (2016, June 23) WSSU Research Finds Millennials Have Weaker Handshakes. Time Warner Cable News retrieved from: http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2016/06/23/wssu- research-finds-millennials-have-weaker-handshakes-.html

North Carolina News (2016).WSSU Researcher Discovers Millennials Are Losing Their Grip Retrieved from: https://www.northcarolina.edu/news/2016/07/WSSU-Researcher- Discovers-Millennials-Are-Losing-Their-Grip

Pawlowski, A. (2016, June 28) Interviewed for Today’s Health and Wellness section. All thumbs: Technology leaves millennials with weaker hands, study finds. Retrieved from: http://www.today.com/health/all-thumbs-technology-leaves-millennials-weaker-hands- study- finds-t100341

Segel, L. (2016, June 27). Interview with Doug McIntyre radio Show Kabc radio show, Los Angeles, CA.

Scrudato, L. (2016, June 17) Grip Strength Declining in Millennials. Retrieved from: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/06/grip-strength-declining-millennials

Scrudato, L. (2016, June 23) Featured Scientist of the Week. Retrieved from:
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/06/q-elizabeth-fain-and-outdated-grip- strength-norms

Interviewed for Feature in Journal:
Young, J. (2016, June 21) How to prepare professors who thought they would never teach online. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Prepare-Professors-Who/236873
Fain, E., & Kennell, B. (2016) Authentic Learning and Multi-Faceted Assessment Utilizing Interprofessional Collaborative Learning Events. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin
In press
Fain, E., & Weatherford, C. (2016) Comparative Study of Millennials’ (Age 20-34) Grip and Lateral Pinch with the Norms. Journal of Hand Therapy . 29(1)

Fain, E., (2015). Relationships between Occupational Therapy Faculty's Preferred Learning Style and Questioning Taxonomy. The Institute for Learning Styles Research Journal (1), Fall 2015. Electronic version online http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/ilsrj/latestissue.htm

Fain, E., & Kennell, B. (2014). Nintendo® Wii ™ and a Physical Activity Routine: Effective Therapeutic Interventions in the Older Adult Population? Open Journal of Nursing. 4(8). Electronic version online

Fain, E., (2011) Account of Practice: The Impact of action learning on analysis of occupation Action Research and Learning, Taylor & Francis, UK

Fain, E. (2011). Bridging the Gap between Occupational Therapy Clinician and Academician. OT Practice, 16(3), 8-12.

Fain, E. (2002). Get a Grip on Splinting. OT Practice, 7(12), 14-19.

Bell, C., Fain, E., Daub, J., Warren, S., Howell, S., Southard, K., Sellers, C., & Shadoin, H. (2011). Effects of Nintendo® Wii ™on Quality of Life, Social Relationships and Confidence to
Prevent Falls. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. Electronic version posted on-line 3/11/2011 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02703181.2011.559307

Fain, E. Good Grief: A Care map for the Grief Journey. Jebaire Publishing, Snellvile, GA, January 2011

Chapter in Book

Fain, E. (2017). Physical Agent Modalities in Mahle, A., Ward, A. (Ed.), Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapist Assistants. Philadelphia, PA: F.A.Davis. (in Press)

Fain, E. (2013). Best practices in supporting children with hearing impairments or deafness. In G. Frolek-Clark, B., Chandler (Ed.), Best practice in school based occupational therapy. Baltimore, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Conference Proceedings
Fain, E. (2013). Did you ask a hero question today: Alternative questioning strategy to engage students in reading? In Purdom, R. (Eds.), Lilly Education Conference. Greensboro, NC.

Fain, E. & Smith, J. (2013). Video lecture capture Pedagogy context: Does it matter and does it deliver? Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference.

Fain, E., Kennell, B. & Darby, R. (2011) Cutting edge allied health education: Utilizing the latest technology to engage students in active learning. In Ray Purdom (Chair) Lilly Education Conference: Greensboro, NC

Continuing Education Module
Fain, E. (2014). Best practices in supporting children with hearing impairments or deafness. Baltimore, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Additional Information:

  • Philosophical Quotes
  • Courses Taught
  • Honors
  • Therapy Dog

  • Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
    -- Lucy the therapy dog --

    Dog reading a book

    Teaching is not a profession; it's a passion. -- Unknown --

    A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
    -- Henry Adams --

    Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard --

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
    -- Margaret Mead --

    We make a living by how we live.
    We make a life by how we give.
    -- Winston Churchill --

    Educators and Occupational Therapists teach students and clients how to fly

    Tough love with birds

    OCC 5303 Analysis of Occupation

    OCC 5100 Fieldwork Practicum (Renamed OCC 5205 FW Practicum-Occupation)

    OCC 5101 Fieldwork Practicum (Renamed OCC 5225 FW Practicum-Service)

    OCC 5201 Professional Roles & Behaviors

    OCC 6304 Specialized Practice (Renamed OCC 6317 & OCC 6117 01 & 02)

    OCC 5211 Research Proposal Development (Renamed Research Project Development)

    OCC 5212 Conducting Occupation-Based Research

    OCC 6302 Research Writing and Dissemination (Renamed OCC 6215 Research Writing and Dissemination)

    OCC 5309 Movement Components of Occupation

    OCC 6313 Occupational Therapy Adult Practice I

    OCC 6113 Occupational Therapy Adult Practice I Lab

    OCC 6305 Occupational Therapy Adult Practice 2

    OCC 6105 Occupational Therapy Adult Practice 2 Lab

    OCC 6200 Advanced Topics- Splinting

    Faculty of Distinction Award-12-5-2014

    The First Faculty of Distinction Award-12-2-2010

    Dean’s List

    Honorable Mention in Research Contest with Graduate Study Project

    Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    International Who’s Who of Professionals

    Occupational Therapy Delegate For People to People Ambassador Program China

    Therapy Dog as an Adjunct Modality for Occupational Therapy Treatments

    Therapy dog at table with kids

    Trick or Treat fun for everyone! Lucy finds the hidden treats in the jack-o-lanterns while the children enjoy their treats.

    Therapy Dog watching treats

    Children make dog biscuits as part of their sensory integration therapy and reward Lucy the therapy dog for all of her hard work.

    Therapy Dog as an Adjunct to Occupational Therapy

    Therapy Dog playing with little boy

    Dogs perform many roles for human beings. The therapy dog is used as an adjunct to occupational therapy to meet established therapy goals. The team consists of a handler and a dog who meet appropriate standards. The dog and handler provide canine supported activities to work towards the client's goals. Here Lucy is used in a therapeutic activity for a child with brittle bones disease. The child is able to throw the toy and Lucy retrieves it and brings it back to him. This allows safe access to a ball throwing task without any safety or health hazards for him. He is signing for Lucy to sit upon return with the retrieved toy for him to throw again.

    Dogs can do Puzzles!

    Therapy Dog playing puzzle

    This child was instructed to complete the puzzle and teach Lucy, my therapy dog how to do the puzzle. The child had attention deficits and visual perceptual deficits. Her therapy goals were to increase her attention span for completion of a puzzle and to complete a 8-10 piece puzzle. As you can see she has completed the puzzle successfully and has Lucy's full attention. Research has also indicated that children learn how to read more effectively if they read to a dog. The children have decreased self-consciousness and their confidence builds as the trained dog continues to lay attentively beside them despite missed words.

    Therapy is fun for everyone!

    Therapy dog and women   Therapy Dog and little boy

    Children learn through their senses and relationships to objects. Their nervous systems crave new tactile sensations.

    Health Benefits of Therapy Dogs:

    Health benefits of therapy dogs include decreasing stress, and isolation by becoming a social ice breaker to give them something to talk about or to. Therapy dogs give unconditional love beyond the individual's disability. Therapy dogs are trained to interact with people of all ages and types of disabilities.

    Therapy Dog with women   Therapy Dog playing with little girl

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