Masters Occupational Therapy Student
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Denise Dixon obtained her undergraduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sport Science. She then worked for the Autism Society of North Carolina for 10 years before returning to Alabama to pursue her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2019, Denise served on the event committee for the UAB chapter of the Coalition of Occupational Therapists Advocating for Diversity (COTAD). She is an active member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA), and the Alabama Association of Occupational Therapy (ALOTA). In 2019, Denise was selected to advocate for policy change in Washington, DC for on behalf of AOTA and UAB. In spring 2020, she and a colleague presented at the ALOTA conference on diversity and sexuality. At the time of the conference, Denise will be completing her final semester of OT school with a focus on program development, telehealth, and long term rehabilitation. Denise hopes to work as a travel OT and continue to advocate for diversity and acceptance in healthcare.