Diane Powers Dirette, PhD, OTL, FAOTA
Diane Powers Dirette, PhD, OTL, FAOTA is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program at Western Michigan University. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and her master’s and doctorate degrees at New York University, studying occupational therapy at all levels. She has published in national and international journals and has presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Dirette’s main research interests are focused on treatments for people with acquired brain injuries, for whom she developed a frame of reference titled Self-awareness Enhancement through Learning and Function (SELF). Other areas of research include evidence-based practice, the use of compensatory strategies for cognitive deficits, and OT service provision in post-secondary settings. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the health professions and is the coeditor of the textbooks, Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction 8th Edition and Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Effect on Occupational Performance. She is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Dirette was inducted to the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows in 2016.