Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is the director of professional development with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac University and her EdD in adult education from North Carolina State University. She has over 30 years of experience as a hand therapist and academic. She founded and directed an occupational therapy assistant program in North Carolina and served as an assistant professor in a master’s level occupational therapy program before moving to her current position with the AOTA. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, newsletters, and trade journals; has written several book chapters; and authored several CE courses. She served as a columnist for ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners for 15 years. Her topics included occupation-based hand rehabilitation and occupation-based practice. She has presented nationally and regionally on topics related to hand therapy, splinting, teaching, learning, and documentation. She has served in several AOTA volunteer positions, most recently as chairperson of the Commission on Practice where she oversaw the development of the third edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process. She is the 2014 recipient of the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association’s (NCOTA) highest honor, the Suzanne C. Scullin Memorial Award, for contributions to the practice of OT and to the NCOTA.