Elizabeth A. Fain



Department: Occupational Therapy
Office Location: FL Atkins 446
Phone: 336-750-8854
Fax: 336-750-3173
Email:  fainea@wssu.edu
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.

Mabry's Mill

This is a photo of Mabry's mill near my parents' home place. This  photo reminds me of my life journey. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40: 31 which has become my life verse. "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  

Educational Background

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

  • Selected Publications:


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

    Get a Grip on Splinting OT Practice, July 8, 2002.

    Bridging the Gap between Occupational Therapy Clinician and Academician OT Practice, AOTA Press: Baltimore. February 2011.


    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


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

    Chapter in Book

    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 Proceeding

    Fain, E. (2013). In Ray Purdom (Chair). Did you ask a hero question today: Alternative questioning strategy to engage students in reading. In Purdom, R. (Eds.), Lilly education conference. Did you ask a hero question today: Alternative questioning strategy to engage students in reading. Greensboro, NC.

    Additional Information:

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

    Lucy the therapy dog

    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

    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

    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

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

    Therapy Dog

    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

    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

    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 Therapy Dog

    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

    Therapy Dog

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