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Patricia Bowyer, Ed.D., M.S. - Texas Woman's University. Houston, TX, US

Patricia Bowyer, Ed.D., M.S. Patricia Bowyer, Ed.D., M.S.

Professor & Associate Director, School of Occupational Therapy | Texas Woman's University


Expert in occupation theory and its impact on clinical reasoning, and developed the SCOPE (Short Child Occupational Profile) assessment.





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Patricia Bowyer’s research focuses on the impact of an occupation theory on practitioners, children, youth and adults. She uses the framework of a scholarship of practice to engage in practice based research with the aim of impacting therapists’ clinical reasoning. She has developed the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE) based on an occupation theory and plans to begin working on context/population specific interventions based on an occupation theory.

Bowyer currently is engaged in a research collaboration with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to examine the impact of introduction of an occupation theory on the clinical reasoning of therapists’ in an oncology setting. Through an international collaboration the Spanish version of the SCOPE is being validated. And she is working with colleagues from Turkey, Iran, Germany, Korea, Finland and Sweden to examine use of the SCOPE in various international settings.

Industry Expertise (3)

Health Care - Services Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (9)

Occupational Therapy Educational Leadership Mental Health Training University Teaching Clinical Research Child Development Pediatrics Rehabilitation

Accomplishments (2)

A. Jean Ayres Award (professional)


Granted by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

G. Ann Uhlir Fellowship in Higher Education Administration (professional)


Granted by Texas Woman's University.

Education (3)

East Tennessee State University: Ed.D., Educational leadership 2001

Eastern Kentucky University: M.S., Occupational Therapy 1996

Milligan College: B.A., Communications 1987

Affiliations (3)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Media Appearances (1)

Patricia Bowyer

Houston Business Journal  online


Patricia Bowyer is the only occupational therapy faculty member in the nation to receive the 2015 A. Jean Ayres Research Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association ...

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Event Appearances (4)

Impact of the Introduction of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) on the Clinical Reasoning of Therapists Working with Clients in the Cancer Population

Student Occupational Therapy Association meeting  Houston, TX


An Introduction to the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST) and the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE)

First International Forum on Occupational Science  Mexico City


Compassionate assessment: A strengths-based approach using the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE)

American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference  San Diego, CA


So many choices, so little time: Pediatric assessments

Texas Occupational Therapy Association Mountain Central Conference  Austin, TX


Articles (5)

Determining the clinical utility of the Short Child Occupational Profile British Journal of Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this study was to propose a process for the study of clinical utility and to illustrate its implementation in the development of an assessment.

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Striving for shared understandings: Therapists’ perspectives of the benefits and dilemmas of using a child self-assessment OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health


Pediatric client-centered intervention planning is particularly complex because children, parents, and professionals must form a “tridactic” partnership and reach a shared understanding for therapy. Therapists may use child self-reports to facilitate children’s involvement in this process.

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Examining rater behavior on a revised version of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE) OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health


A previous study of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE), an assessment of occupational participation, supported the psychometric soundness of the instrument overall, but pointed to some potential problems in practitioners’ use of the SCOPE in practice. Specific revisions were made to the SCOPE to address the rating behaviors of leniency/severity, halo effect, and restriction of range.

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How interdisciplinary pediatric practitioners choose assessments Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy


BACKGROUND: The assessment process affects the direction and quality of the services children and youth with disabilities receive. However, little is known about how practitioners choose tools and strategies to assess clients.

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Measurement properties of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE) Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics


The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE; version 2.0). The SCOPE is an occupation focused, clientcentered, theory driven assessment developed out of a practice/academic partnership. In this study, twenty practitioners from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and social work completed thirty-five SCOPE assessments with clients' ages two years, four months to twenty-one years with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

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