Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Occupation and the Artist
The Anatomy of Human Occupation

The Anatomy of Human Occupation


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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 a 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 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.


Occupation, Occupational Therapy, Art, Trauma, Painting, Emily Balog


Medicine and Health Sciences | Occupational Therapy | Painting

The Anatomy of Human Occupation