by the Office of Alumni Relations, Published May 13, 2014
Regina Michael Campbell '69 earned her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University, the first in her family to have completed a bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, she immediately began her career as a therapist with the Michigan Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and later at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She earned her master's in education at the University of Michigan in 1976. Regina taught briefly at EMU and then moved to Texas to begin a long and distinguished career teaching in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Women's University. There, she has risen from instructor, to assistant professor, to associate professor with areas of specialization in health promotion, stroke rehabilitation, geriatric rehabilitation, and evaluation process in occupational therapy. She was honored in 2011 for 35 years of service to the University.
Regina publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals, writes chapters for books and has presented her work at conferences across the nation. Evidence of the extraordinary depth and breadth of her service are the numerous awards she has received, including being named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, one of the highest honors in the profession. She has served in both nationally elected and nationally appointed positions with the American Occupational Therapy Association including its executive board and as Texas State Representative. In 2009, the EMU Occupational Therapy Program selected Regina as their Distinguished Alumna.
Regina has also shown exemplary service to her community and to EMU. She has volunteered for the improvement of Vickery Meadow, an ethnically-diverse neighborhood in North Dallas, the Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the SMU Perkins School of Theology Intern Program, and much more. Regina brought her experience and skill of creating an endowed lectureship to EMU With her guidance and leadership as chair of the committee, the Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship in Occupational Therapy will have its fourth annual event in the fall of 2014. Her service to Eastern and her commitment to the ideals of servant leadership were in evident throughout the two years of planning and chairing the committee. She is a tireless advocate of the projects she undertakes and works with conviction to assure their success.