Sharon A. Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Sharon A. Gutman, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA is a prolific scholar who has substantially contributed to the occupational therapy literature through a career spanning over 30 years that produced 70+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 books, 14 book chapters, and 24 editorials as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT). Her body of 70+ peer-reviewed journal articles uniquely addresses interventions with marginalized populations including housing programs for sheltered homeless adults, and supported education and employment for adults with chronic mental illness. Many of these publications are intervention effectiveness studies and Dr. Gutman has substantially contributed to the evidence supporting the profession’s role in mental health practice. Dr. Gutman has also made innovative contributions to the education of occupational therapists through her 10 textbooks which are heavily used in occupational therapy programs nationally and internationally, and have been translated into several languages. She is perhaps best known for her 6-year editorship of AJOT (2008 – 2014), through which she significantly increased the journal’s impact factor and Journal Citation Report rank. In 2009, Dr. Gutman was inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows and in 2020, was awarded the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, to recognize her contribution to the profession’s body of literature. Dr. Sharon Gutman is currently a professor in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Rutgers University.