Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Burke, Janice

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Janice P. Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contact Dr. Burke

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-9606
(215) 503-3499 fax


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
BS, Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, NY


Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Distinguished Fellow, American Occupational Therapy

University Appointment

Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Professional Societies

American Occupational Therapy Association
    · Chair, Academic Leadership Council (formerly PRODEC)
Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Alpha Eta Society

Research & Clinical Interests

A Comparison of Parent and Therapist Goals for Children with Autism
Understanding the Perspective of Paid Caregivers: The Woods Project Pilot Research. Sept 2012 -  May 2014

Supporting Mental Health of African American Elders. J. Burke, Qualitative Researcher. Gitlin, L. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. July 1, 2005- June 30, 2010.

Creating and Sustaining Environments for Evidenced Based Practice. J. Burke, Conceptual Developer. Swenson-Miller, K. Principal Investigator. US Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). July 1, 2005- June 30, 2006.

Tailored Activity to Improve Affect in Dementia at Home. L. Gitlin, Principal Investigator, J. Burke & L. Winter, Co-investigators. National Institute of Mental Health. January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006.

Preparing Occupational Therapists for Careers in Early Intervention Urban Settings: A Program of Targeted Recruitment and Supported Preservice Preparation for Minority Students. Janice Burke, Project Director. U.S. Department of Education Grants for Pre-service Personnel Training. July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2005 (no cost extension July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006).

Collaboration and Consultation: Innovative Occupational Therapy Services in Colleges. Janice Burke, Project Director. U.S. Department of Education Grants for Pre-service Personnel Training. January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2001.

Awards & Honors


  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecturer,  2009
  • Service Commendations, AOTA (2009 Board of Directors, 2006-2009); (2008 Member, Linkages Between Education, Research and Practice Ad Hoc Group, 2006- 2007); (Member, Health & Wellness Ad Hoc Group, 2006); (2006 Member, Board Research Workgroup, 2005)
  • Service Award (Chair, Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section, 1993-1996),1996
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1984

Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Award for Outstanding Achievement, 1999

Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award: Thomas Jefferson University, 1994

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching: Thomas Jefferson University, 1994

Wilma West Lecturer: University of Southern California, 1989

Jean Ayres Award: American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 1989

Alumni of Achievement Award: Utica College, of Syracuse University, 1987

Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, January, 1970


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Scholarship of Practice in the Care of People with Dementia: Creating the Future Through Collaborative Efforts
  2. Linking Sensory Factors to Participation: Establishing Intervention Goals with Parents for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  3. A systematic focus on occupational therapy education
  4. State of measurement in occupational therapy using sensory integration
  5. Dissemination: Bringing translational research to completion
  6. Commentaries
  7. How do we change practice when we have the evidence?
  8. Context and culture: African-American elders' experiences of depression
  9. Development of a fidelity measure for research on the effectiveness of the ayres sensory integration® intervention
  10. What's going on here? Deconstructing the interactive encounter
  11. Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory processing disorder
  12. The tailored activity program to reduce behavioral symptoms in individuals with Dementia: Feasibility, acceptability, and replication potential
  13. Through the clinician's lens: Objective and subjective views of disability
  14. Play and the sensory integrative approach
  15. Family narratives and play assessment
  16. Exploring the personal reality of disability and recovery: A tool for empowering the rehabilitation process
  17. Tailored activities to manage neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia and reduce caregiver burden: A randomized pilot study
  18. Fidelity in sensory integration intervention research
  19. Goal attainment scaling as a measure of meaningful outcomes for children with sensory integration disorders
  20. How therapists' conceptual perspectives influence early intervention evaluations