Paul Arthur, PhD, OTR/L
Paul Arthur is a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Therapy. He has been active in the field of occupational therapy for over 13 years, initially as an occupational therapy assistant, and later an occupational therapist. The central motivating theme of his research is: the use of applications and theory in real–world settings to assist persons with chronic medical conditions and their caregivers. His educational and research support has come from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the National Institute on Aging (T32 award), and the Social Security Administration. Paul is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was an Executive Officer for a healthcare unit providing psychological support and suicide prevention to deployed service members. He left the service in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Florida. Paul has worked closely with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute since its inception in service on their inaugural patient engagement advisory panel, as a merit reviewer, and as an ambassador. He has also been active in student and provider competency assessment in projects with American Occupational Therapy Association, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and the US Army Reserves. Paul received a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from the US Army AMEDD Center and School, BS from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, MS in Gerontology and MOT from the University of Indianapolis, and PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida.