Patricia J Scott, PhD, MPH, OT, FAOTA

Patricia Scott

Interim Chair & Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy

Phone: 317-278-0702
Fax: 317-274-2115

Role Checklist: Website for the Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance

Education & Training

  • PhD—Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration, specialization in Public Policy Analysis: Florida International University, Miami, FL -1997
  • MPH—Masters in Public Health, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK -1983
  • BS—Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH -1975
  • Indiana University: Educating Health Professionals throughInterProfessional Care: ehpic™ 2012
  • University of Illinois Chicago: Certified Leader, Stanford Chronic Disease Management Course 2010
  • University of Miami: Certified Transplant Mentor Trainer 2003
  • University of Illinois Chicago: Core Fellow for Center on Outcomes Research 1998-2001 (Invited program to train mid-career scientists to conduct outcome research)

Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Scott is a recognized Translational Research Scholar through the TRIP program at Indiana University. When Dr. Scott was hired here in 2007, she was very clear about what she wanted to accomplish: to prepare students studying for their MS in Occupational Therapy to use scientific evidence in their clinical decision making, and to establish empirical evidence about the process of recovery make a difference in the lives of people who face challenges of recovering meaningful lives following organ transplantation. She has done both. Her development of the Role Checklist, Version 2: Quality of Performance has led to an International Collaboration. Her work has the potential to become a leading measure of social participation in the field of rehabilitation.

Over the past year, Dr. Patricia Scott has continued her work on the cross-cultural validation of the Role Checklist Version 3 with partner therapists from Norway, Japan, UK, USA, Switzerland and Sweden. On October 23-24, 2015, Dr. Scott convened the 4th International Institute for the Model of Human Occupation at the IUPUI Campus Center. This global institute brought together 150 clinical practitioners and academic scholars  from 15 countries and 12 states to Indianapolis. Information about this institute can be seen at

Additionally she has received over $50,000 to lead faculty representing 9 health care disciplines to initiate campus- wide Interprofessional Grand Rounds, to promote a better understanding of health professional students about the roles of others on the health care team.

Dr. Scott studies role participation with the ultimate goal of establishing the first globally accepted measure of participation. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Scott treated people with problems stemming, in part, from lack of participation in valued roles. Many of these people have trouble with role identification. It is socially awkward to say, ‘this is my brother who just got out of prison’, and ‘I cannot work because I have schizophrenia ’, or ‘I cannot attend because I lost my license for driving drunk’.

She has since devoted herself to a research career with the goal of increasing the number of individuals who have access to information and health care services such that they can return to full meaningful participation in life post-transplant. Phase I, revealed that post-transplant participation in a higher number of valued roles as measured by the Role Checklist, is significantly associated with higher SF-36 scores. Phase II is a longitudinal study, measuring timing of return to activities of daily living and valued roles at 15 points over the first 2 years post-transplant. Phase III moved her work into determining the best interventions to support individuals struggling to resume meaningful life participation after transplantation. Her presentations and publications caught the work of colleagues.

Ironically, it was the innovative use, and modification of the Role Checklist, a long standing tool used by occupational therapists, which catapulted her work into the international spotlight. In 2012 she established a formal collaboration with International colleagues and now, in Version 3 of the Role Checklist, with tested translation guidelines and international cross-cultural validation studies in place, her aspiration to establish the first globally accepted measure of participation appears closer than ever. 

Honors & Awards

    • Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Faculty Award  2016
    • Award of Excellence in Teaching: IUPUI Trustees Teaching Award  2014
    • Award of Excellence in Teaching: IUPUI Trustees Teaching Award 2013
    • Allied Health Research Award American Society for Transplantation 2012
    • Award of Excellence in Teaching: IUPUI Trustees Teaching Award 2011
    • Nominated for Outstanding Research Mentor: IUPUI Center for Research 2011
    • Outstanding Teacher of the Year: SHRS, Indiana University 2010
    • Outstanding Achievement Award Transplant Foundation 2008
    • Named as Fellow (FAOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association 2002
    • Invited Faculty Address to Florida International University commencement, Florida International University, Faculty Senate 2002

Teaching Activities

  • SHRS 701/702 Master's Thesis Completion 2009-present
  • SHRS 567 Research Methods 2007-present
  • SHRS 568 Evidence Based Practice 2008-present
  • SHRS 525/625 Reflective Seminar I & II 2007-present
  • SHRS 667/668 Master's Non-Thesis Research 2007-present
  • SHRS 557 Group Processes in Occupational Therapy (lab) 2009
Florida International University
  • OTH 6937 ADA Workplace Accommodations of Persons with Disabilities 2000-2007
  • OTH 5324 Clinical Intervention for Persons with Neuropsychiatric & Cognitive Disorders 2000-2007
  • OTH 4322L Neuropsychiatric & Cognitive Approaches in OT I (lab)
  • OTH 4851 Field Work Experience Level II 2005-2006 28-56
  • OTH 5905 Independent Study 2003-2007 variable
  • OTH 6215 Advanced Intervention Strategies 1993-2007
  • OTH 6970 Master's Thesis 1992-2007
  • OTH 6948 Continuing Clinical Competence for Occupational Therapists 2004
  • OTH 5162C Adaptation to Human Occupation 2004
  • OTH 4701 Professional Issues in OT 2003
  • OTH 6972 Master's Project Development 2002-2005
  • OTH 4322 Neuropsychiatric & Cognitive Approaches in OT I 1999-2000
  • OTH 4325L Evaluation & Treatment in Psychosocial OT (lab) 1999
  • OTH 4325 Evaluation & Treatment in Psychosocial OT 1994-1999
  • OTH 5011 Theories & Practice of OT 1992-2001
  • OTH 5674 Research in a Clinical Specialty 1992-1997
  • OTH 3327 Issues in Psychosocial Dysfunction 1991-1997

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Refereed (Peer-reviewed Journals)

  • Sweigart L, Umoren RA, Scott P, Hodson Carlton K, Jones J, Truman B, Gossett E. Virtual learning environment TeamSTEPPS simulations produce teamwork attitude changes among health professional students. Journal of Nursing Education. 2016:55(1):1-5.
  • Bonsaksen, T, Nakura-Thomas, H. Van Antwerp, L. Ikiugu, M, and Scott, P.  (2015) The 4th International MOHO Institute: Summary and Reflections. Ergoterapeuten (Norwegian Journal of Occupational Therapy) 6, 62-67
  • Bonsaksen, T., Meidert, U., Schuman, D., Kvarsnes, H., Haglund, L., Prior, S., . . . Scott, P. J. (2015). Does the Role Checklist Measure Occupational Participation? The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3), 2.
  • Aslaksen, M., Scott, PJ., Hauglund, L., Ellingham, B., Bonsaksen, T. (2014). Using the Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance in the Occupational Therapy Process in a Psychiatric Hospital. Ergoterapeuten
  • Scott PJ, McFadden, R, Yates, K, Baker, S. McSoley, S. (2014) The Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance: Reliability and validation of electronic administration. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 77(2) 96-102
  • Scott, P.J. Justiss, M.J. Schmid, A.A. & Fisher, T.F (2013) A Framework for Promoting Scholarship Productivity in Occupational Therapy Curricula. Occupational Therapy in Health Care (27) 1 35-45.
  • Scott, P.J. (2013) Measuring participation outcomes following life-saving medical interventions: The Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance. Disability and Rehabilitation (0), 1-5.
  • Scott, P.J., Altenburger, P.A., & Kean J.A. (2011). Collaborative teaching strategy for enhancing learning of evidence- based clinical decision-making. Journal of Allied Health, 40(3), 120-127.
  • Scott, P.J. & Brown, V. (2011). Resumption of valued activities in the first year post-transplant. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 26(1), 48-63.
  • Scott, P.J. (2011). Occupational therapy services to enable liver patients to thrive following transplantation. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 25(4), 240-256.
  • Scott, P.J. (2010). Participation in valued roles post liver transplant. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(11), 517-523.
  • Scott, P. (2006). The process of perspective. OT Practice, 11(3), 20-22.
  • Scott, P., Miller, R., & Walker, K. (2004). Gary Kielhofner. In K. Walker & F.M. Ludwig (Eds.), Perspectives on theory for the practice of occupational therapy [Chapter in Book] [(pp. 267-326). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
  • Scott, P. (1996). Employment for individuals with mental disabilities: ADA unlocks the door but who has the handle? Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 10(2), 49-64.

Published Abstracts (retrievable in PubMed)

  • Scott, PJ., et al. Pancreas Transplantation: Personal Factors Associated with Good and Poor Post-Transplant Adaptive Response. in American Journal of Transplantation. 2013 [Abstract]
  • Scott, PJ., et al. Fatigue as Reported at 12 Time Points during the First Year Post-Liver Transplant. in American Journal of Transplantation. 2013. [Abstract]
  • Lasisi, F.A., Eckert, G.G., Ghabril, M.S., Lacerdo, M.A., Vinayek, R., Yoo, H.Y., Scott, P.J., Fridell, J.A., Mangus, R.S., Tector, A.J., Vianna, R.M, & Kwo, P.Y. (2010). What factors affect outcome in African Americans undergoing OLT: A single center experience. [Abstract] Gastroenterology, 138(5), S-822.
  • Scott, P.J., Misra, V.L., Mangus, R.L., Tector, A.J., Lacerda, M.A., Vinayek, R., Munsch, L., Musick, B., & Kwo, P. (2008). Influencing functional outcomes: A look at role performance and satisfaction with life following liver transplant [Abstract]. Hepatology, 48(S1) 562A.
  • Scott, P. (1997). Management strategies for resolution of turf issues. American Occupational Therapy Association, 2(3).Scott, P.J., Organizational response to employment under the ADA of workers with psychiatric disabilities: four case studies: a dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in public administration, 1997, Florida International.