Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Professor
Occupational Therapy

Office: 6TH FL 930 MADISON BUILDING
930 MADISON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 381630000
Tel: (901) 448-8393
amitchell@uthsc.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, Educational Psychology and Research (concentration in Research)
  • M.S., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Occupational Therapy
  • None, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Research Interest/Specialty

  • Fine motor development
  • Sensory processing
  • Epistemic and ontological cognition
  • Critical reasoning

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri in 1983 and a Master of Science degree with a specialty in pediatric occupational therapy from Boston University in 1989. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (concentration in research) from the University of Memphis in 2012. Her practice experience is in pediatrics, and she has taught courses in pediatrics, neurology, and occupation-centered practice at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1990. She joined the UTHSC OT faculty full time in 1992. She has published articles related to pediatrics and education in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and Occupational Therapy International. She has received awards for teaching and research during her tenure at the university. Her research interests include sensory processing, various aspects of fine motor development, and epistemic and ontological cognition of occupational therapy students.

Publications

  1. Mitchell, A. Evidence-based education in occupational therapy. In: T. Brown & B. Williams (Eds.), Evidence-based education in the health professions: Promoting best practice in the learning and teaching of students (pp. 375-388). London, UK: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd...
  2. Mitchell, A.W., Hale, J., Lawrence, M., Murillo, E., Newman, K., & Smith, H.,. Entry-level occupational therapy programs’ emphasis on play: A survey. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 2 (1), 2018.
  3. Nash, B. H., & Mitchell, A. W.. A longitudinal study of changes in students’ perspectives of frames of reference. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 (5), 7105230010, 2017.
  4. Zachry, A.H., Chappell, L.H., Cox, V.H., Lopez, E.H., Mitchell, A.W., & Woddard, L.. Differences in the angry behaviors of precrawling and crawling infants. Journal of Education and Human Development, 4 (2), 2015.
  5. Mitchell, A.W.. A longitudinal study of occupational therapy students’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69 (2), 1-8, 2015.
  6. Mitchell A.W., Moore E M., Roberts E.J., Hachtel K.W., Brown M.S.. Sensory processing disorder in children ages birth–3 years born prematurely: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 1-11, 2015.
  7. Mitchell, A.W. Epistemic and ontological cognition of entering and post-didactic occupational therapy students.. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Supplement (Sept/Oct), S1-S9, 2014.
  8. Mitchell, A.W. Models of epistemic and ontological cognition: A new perspective of occupational therapy education. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27 (1), 3-19, 2013.
  9. Mitchell, A.W. Teaching ill-structured problem-solving using occupational therapy practice epistemology. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27 (1), 20-34, 2013.
  10. Zachry, A.H., & Mitchell, A.W. Goal-directed actions and early experience with crawling. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32 (2), 48-55, 2012.
  11. Mitchell, A.W., Hampton, C., Hanks, M., Miller, C., & Ray, N. The influence of task and tool characteristics on scissor skills in typical adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 1-9, 2012.
  12. Mitchell, A.W. & McConnell, J.R. A historical review of Contemporary Educational Psychology from 1995 to 2010. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 37, 136-147, 2011.
  13. Mitchell, A.W. & Xu, Y.J. Critical reasoning scores of entering bachelor’s and master’s students in an occupational therapy program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 (6), e86-e94, 2011.
  14. Mitchell, A., & Batorski, R. A study of critical reasoning in online learning: Application of the Occupational Performance Process Model. Occupational Therapy International, 16 (2), 134-153, 2009.
  15. Mitchell, A. Treatment of body scheme in children. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 18 (2), 29-49, 1998.
  16. Mitchell, A. Theories of body scheme development. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 17 (4), 25-45, 1997.
  17. Mitchell, A. Body scheme theory. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 17 (4), 5-23, 1997.
  18. Witt, A., Cermak, S., & Coster, W. Body part identification in one- to two-year-old children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44 (2), 147-153, 1990.