Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L
Dr. Emily Balog, PhD., OTR/L, ECHM, an occupational therapy professor and artist based in New Jersey, provided the cover art for the Summer 2022 edition of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). “The Knitting Brain” is an 11” x 15” painting made from watercolors. The inspiration for this painting came from years of experience working with individuals with head injury, stroke, and mental illness. The piece is from her Anatomy of Human Occupation series. This collection of paintings is a unique and authentic representation of Dr. Balog’s love of the human body and the healing power of occupation. Dr. Balog is an occupational therapist with expertise in working with older adults in the community. She is also a highly decorated veteran who uses art to heal herself and other veterans from trauma experienced in service. For Dr. Balog, engaging in art is a powerful tool for recovery.
Fortuna, J. K. (2022). The Anatomy of Human Occupation. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 10(3), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.2069