Washington University in St. Louis Program Faculty with Emerging Leader OT Program Alumni Award Honorees (from WUSTL Facebook)
COTAD includes many high-caliber and high-impact occupational therapy professionals. From faculty members to podcast creators and clinical researchers, COTAD includes many dedicated occupational therapists who work in a variety of settings to improve our profession for OT practitioners, clients, and others. On October 6, 2018, Dr. Adam Pearson, OTD, OTR/L was honored by leaders at his alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis at the Centennial Gala event at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis. During the award ceremony, Dr. Pearson received one of four “Emerging Leader OT Program Alumni Award” and was recognized for his leadership in the community and his dedication to supporting the mental health and well-being of chronically homeless individuals in St. Louis.
Although he has since transitioned to a new position, Dr. Pearson spent much of his career working at Peter and Paul Community Services, a nonprofit human services agency in St. Louis, Missouri that provides housing and supportive services to those who are chronically homeless. As the program director for the Safe Haven Program and site manager for Garfield Place Apartments, Pearson helped develop an application process for residents, and collaborated with interdisciplinary team members to “surround the individual with services so they can accomplish their goals.” Additionally, Pearson notes that “Traditional OT is just a small part of what we can do as practitioners. The world is a big place and there are so many people who could use the services of OT and not just in the traditional sense. The big part is if we can help with issues like homelessness, then everyone’s participation in the community improves.”
Pearson’s holistic approach to practice and acute awareness of the true impact occupational therapy can have at the individual and population levels are just two of the qualities that make him such a valuable member of our organization and an outstanding member of the professional community. Congratulations, Adam!