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Teaching Excellence Award recipient Gretchen Dahl Reeves

by Ellen Weaver, Published September 23, 2011



Gretchen Dahl Reeves, professor, College of Health and Human Services - Occupational Therapy. Well educated in the interdisciplinary spectrum of occupational therapy and psychology, her passion for academia and the development of research in therapeutic techniques translates as comprehensive expertise to students who are exposed to her significant experience.

Known for encouraging hands-on learning and incorporating extensive insight into her lectures, Reeves is adept at interweaving theory, research, and application for the benefit of the EMU community. She has been sought after on a global scale, participating in workshops and lectures abroad in Australia, Japan, South Africa, India, and the United Kingdom. Her voracious appetite for continuing education is infectious and her efforts have truly been an inspiration to her students. She has been published globally and awarded several grants, fellowships and recognitions for being an incredible educator including the EMU Marshall Award for Teaching Excellence.

A Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Reeves is also an affiliate of state, local and national associations of Occupational Therapy, a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. Her passion for pediatric therapy and children with autism spectrum disorders and emotional impairments has also been a factor in her positive influence at EMU.

Reeves received her bachelor of science in Human Ecology and a master of arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University by 1973, a master of Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 1974, and her Ph. D in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan in 1994.