Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA

Title: Director, Division of Occupational Therapy; Associate Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Co-Director, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science, Professor
Division: Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Science PhD

Tracy Jirikowic has over 30 years experience in occupational therapy with expertise in pediatric neurodevelopment and interventions for children and youth with developmental disabilities. Dr. Jirikowic has special research and clinical interests in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and holds a clinical appointment with the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network. Her research activities include development of an early identification and intervention model for children with FASD, understanding sensory processing in children with FASD, and examining community-based interventions that promote social participation, health, and well-being for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also holds a current appointment as Co-Director for the PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Education and Training

  • University of Washington Ph.D., Special Education/Rehabilitation Medicine, 2003 
  • University of Washington M.S. Rehabilitation Medicine, 1995 
  • University of Wisconsin Madison, B.S. Occupational Therapy, 1991

Notable Awards and Honors

  • University of Washington School of Medicine, New Investigator Science in Medicine Award (2011) 
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows, FAOTA, 2013 
  • Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2018 
  • Washington Occupational Therapy Association Rosemary Funk Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2022

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric neurodevelopment 
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders 
  • Prenatal substance exposure

Teaching Interests

  • Pediatrics
  • Assistive technology 
  • Interprofessional education 
  • Rehabilitation science

Research Interests

  • Pediatric neurodevelopment 
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders 
  • Prenatal substance exposure 
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities 
  • Community participation

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