Former College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) Dean and Cleveland State Professor Emerita Bette R. Bonder, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, has been named one of the hundred most influential people in occupational therapy by the American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) as part of the profession’s centennial celebration.
AOTA recognized Dr. Bonder for work on the prevention of occupational dysfunction for older adults, cultural competency and reducing health disparities. Her contributions to AOTA's Standardized Assessments Committee helped direct the profession to focus on quality functional-based assessment. Dr. Bonder has published four books
, including Culture in Clinical Care: Strategies for Competence (2nd edition) and Functional Performance in Older Adults (3rd edition), and authored or co-authored more than 45 papers and chapters. She served as editor of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research
and has held multiple positions for American Occupational Therapy Foundation, including serving on the Board of Trustees and chairing the Research Advisory Council. Dr. Bonder also served on numerous AOTA committees devoted to enhancing the quality of graduate education.
Dr. Bonder's longstanding collaboration with Cleveland neighborhoods to promote health and wellness has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions along with local funding partners such as The Cleveland Foundation and Saint Luke's Foundation. She joined Cleveland State in 1989 and held multiple positions in the Department of Psychology and School of Health Sciences before being appointed as the COSHP Interim Dean in 2006. She was the founding director of the College's Urban Health Fellows program
, CSU's Center for Health Equity, and the education core of MetroHealth Medical Center’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities
, funded by a Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (p60) grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. Bonder received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University, her master’s degree in counseling from Saint Louis University, and her doctorate in counseling from Northwestern University.
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