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Winnie Dunn

University of Missouri
Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri. She wrote definitive texts for OT about serving children in schools and other community settings and about applying research to practice based on her extensive experience in school settings.  She has received the top honors in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, and the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions; she is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has received the A. Jean Ayres research award. She has also received awards for innovative and engaging teaching, including the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kemper Teaching Fellowship and in 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professorship from the University of Kansas. She is an internationally known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life.  She has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken around the world about her work. She is the author/ coauthor of all of the Sensory Profile measures, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs. The second edition of the Sensory Profiles for children is available in 2014.  She has written a book for the public about her research entitled Living Sensationally understanding your senses, which has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times newspaper among others. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine for parents, professionals and other caregivers. Living Sensationally has been translated into 6 languages.