Penelope Moyers, Ed.D., OT, FAOTA, is the founding dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. Moyers has influenced the profession of occupational therapy for over 30 years as a practitioner, innovator, influential scholar, educator and leader, including serving as president of the American Occupational Therapy Association from 2007 to 2010. She received the AOTA’s top honor of the Award of Merit in 2013.
Her contributions to the profession include her early work in substance abuse intervention and the competency programs offered to occupational therapy practitioners through AOTA. She co-authored two editions of the Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice and is co-editor and author of the book Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice: A Workbook for Health Professions, published in 2016.
In leadership roles as a faculty member, program chair, and dean at three institutions of higher learning, including St. Kate’s, Moyers has made a significant impact on the professional lives of students, faculty and staff in over 30 health profession programs in a broad range of disciplines at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and clinical doctorate levels. She has led the launch of new programs at St. Catherine, including master’s degrees in physician assistant studies and public health and doctorates in nursing and occupational therapy, as well as the first online occupational therapy assistant program.
Moyers is leading St. Catherine University through a time of change in health professions education, which is a strong component of healthcare innovation where healthcare organizations, senior living providers, and key social service agencies are strong co-creators of groundbreaking curricula and clinical education.
Moyers is spearheading the transformative work of the recently received $18 million grant from the GHR foundation. The purpose of the funding is to address the workforce challenges and the need for new models of health-focused services in the areas of global health, primary care and senior living.