Janice P. Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Emeritus Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy



901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Janice P. Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Emeritus Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Recent Publications


  • National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
  • Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  • Certified, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test


Distinguished Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Alpha Eta Society

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Occupational therapy in higher education: where and how do we fit?
  • Understanding the nature of the "interactive encounter" during occupational therapy: reading verbal and nonverbal signals
  • Translational research: how do we bring findings from research to everyday practice?
  • Establishing collaborative partnerships across clinical and community settings and professional venues

Awards & Honors


  • 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
  • Retired Educator's Commendation, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
  • AOTA Resolution, Recognizing the Contribution Janice P. Burke has made to the Occupational Therapy Education and the Profession, 2015, Bethesda, MD
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecturer, 2009, Orlando, FL
  • AOTA Service Commendations   
    • 2018 Faculty, Academic Leadership Institute, 2016-2017
    • 2017 Member, Fieldwork Experiential Learning Ad Hoc, 2017
    • 2015 Member, Centennial Commission, 2012-2015
    • 2015 Chairperson, Academic Leadership Council, 2012-2015
    • 2013 Chairperson, Scholarship & Research in Education Task Force, 2012
    • 2013 Member, Future of OT Education Ad Hoc, 2011-2013
    • 2012 Member, Centennial Commission, 2009-2012
    • 2009 Board of Directors, 2006-2009
    • 2008 Member, Linkages Between Education, Research and Practice Ad Hoc Group, 2006-2007
    • 2006 Member, Health and Wellness Ad Hoc Group, 2006
    • 2006 Member, Board Research Workgroup, 2005
  • Service Award, 1996, Denver, CO
  • Distinguished Fellow, 1984, Kansas City, MO

Other Awards:

  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Utica College, 2018, Utica, NY
  • Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Award for Outstanding Achievement, 1999, Philadelphia, PA
  • Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award: Thomas Jefferson University, 1994, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching: Thomas Jefferson University, 1994, Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilma West Lecturer: University of Southern California, 1989, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jean Ayres Award: American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 1989, Baltimore, MD
  • Alumni of Achievement Award: Utica College, of Syracuse University, 1987, Utica, NY
  • Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, 1970, Utica, NY