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Tracy Jirikowic Begins New Role as Program Director of Occupational Therapy

May 1, 2021

Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
 (Professor; Program Co-Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science) will begin her new leadership role as Program Director of Occupational Therapy and Associate Chair in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, effective May 1, 2021.  Dr. Jirikowic has been the Interim Director for the Division of Occupational Therapy since September 2020.  She will continue as Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD program along with Carolyn Baylor, PhD, CCC-SLP (Associate Professor; Co-Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program).

In this role, she will provide leadership for all programs and personnel in the Division of Occupational Therapy.  These programs and activities include research, teaching, community engagement, and relevant administrative work.  This year she will also oversee the program’s ten-year accreditation renewal with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Dr. Jirikowic received a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991).  She earned both a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Medicine (1995) and a Doctoral degree in Special Education/Rehabilitation Medicine (2003) from the University of Washington. She was also a postdoctoral fellow (2005-2007) for the NIDA Nursing Research Training Grant in Substance Abuse, School of Nursing, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, University of Washington.

Dr. Jirikowic has over 25 years of experience in occupational therapy with expertise in pediatric neurodevelopment and interventions for children and youth with developmental disabilities. She has a special clinical and research interest 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 spans from studies that describe sensory-motor and regulatory behavior and development in children to occupation-based and community-based interventions that support child and family community participation. 

She recently ended her second of two terms as an associate editor for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and as a grant reviewer for the  American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scientific Review Group, and she has been a past chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section.