Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L
Bill Dambrova, an artist based in Phoenix, AZ, provided the cover art for the Fall 2023 issue of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). Bill’s paintings explore the intrinsic and extrinsic relationships between living things. Through the Artists + Researchers (ARx) program, Bill was teamed with Dr. Gretchen Bachman, OTD, OTR/L, MBA, CEAS, CHT, and Dr. Cindy Ivy, OTD, OTR/L, MEd, CHT, occupational therapy professors and researchers from Northern Arizona University. Their goal was to create a work of art that could disseminate research on complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). The partnership led to the creation of “Invisible War,” a 74” x 74” mixed media painting on canvas. The piece illustrates the visible and invisible challenges of people experiencing this debilitating condition. Through art and research, the team hopes to inform future studies and destigmatize CRPS.
Fortuna, J. K. (2023). Destigmatizing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome through Art and Research. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 11(4), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.2275