Faculty Spotlight: Jim Hinojosa
OT@NYU Professor Emeritus Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, was recently named one of the top 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Described as “a respected leader in education,” Hinojosa was recognized for his more than 40 years serving the profession, during which he has co-authored four major texts and published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include therapist-parent relationships, homework and how it influences family life, and school-aged children's handwriting. In the following Q&A, Professor Hinojosa discusses his views on the field, occupational therapy at NYU, and the benefit of earning an OTD.
One of the topics that you have covered is hyperchange, which you define as “rapid, dramatic, complex, and unpredictable change.” In relation to occupational therapy, what impact do you think hyperchange has today, and how should educators, students, and practitioners adapt?
Hyperchange is part of our life today. We must accept and embrace change. For educators, it means continually refining the curriculum and responding to changes in practice. For practitioners, it means their interventions will need to change based on advances in knowledge and technology. Nevertheless, as professionals, they need to be committed to providing theory-based practice.
What advice would you give to occupational therapists who are looking to advance their practice and take on leadership roles in the field?
I encourage occupational therapists to become actively involved with their local professional association. Personal contacts are an important part of becoming an active leader within any field. Leadership happens at all levels of the profession. They may want to develop their leadership in the clinic or practice setting. If they have the time and resources, they should volunteer and assume leadership positions at a level in which they are comfortable. In order to be a leader, they will need to become comfortable with themselves and be aware of their competence levels. Most importantly, they must be willing to accept challenges.
How do you think an OTD degree will benefit graduates of NYU’s program?
In addition to obtaining advanced competence in an area that they select, students will benefit from the strong theoretical and ethical courses that they are required to take. These courses provide a strong, unique foundation for advanced practice. Advanced practitioners’ knowledge must be grounded in understanding the importance of theory and ethics in providing professional interventions.
What do you think makes NYU’s OTD program unique?
NYU’s OTD program is unique in its focus on competent practice grounded in a strong theoretical knowledge. Unlike other programs that focus on a basic science that underlies occupational therapy, NYU's program is focused on the multiple theories that can be used to develop a frame of reference to provide a sound guideline for intervention for practice.
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