Pittsburgh Resident Elected to National Leadership Post
Pamela Toto to serve as Director to the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Association
BETHESDA, MD — The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announces that Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, has been elected by a vote of its membership as a director to the Board of Directors for the national professional organization.
“I consider it a great honor to be elected by my colleagues to the AOTA Board of Directors. I’m passionate about occupational therapy and the role we play in helping people of all ages ‘Live Life to its Fullest,’” Toto said. “I hope to be instrumental in ensuring that occupational therapy is widely recognized as a cost-effective intervention that facilitates independence, participation, and increased quality of life.”
Dr. Toto is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
An AOTA member since 1989, Toto earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2010, an MS in Health Care Supervision and Management in 1996, and a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1989, all from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the former chairperson of AOTA’s Special Interest Section Council and former chairperson of AOTA’s Gerontology Special Interest Section.
As one of 6 directors to the Board of Directors, Toto will collaborate with the 14-member board to maintain the strategic direction for the organization, act as a spokesperson, and provide a clear and consistent direction for the executive director. She will officially take office on July 1 and serve through 2015.
To schedule an interview with Dr. Toto, call AOTA Media Relations Manager Katie Riley, 301-652-6611, ext. 2963 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.