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Dr. Joanne Phillips Estes, Ph.D., OTR/L

Dr. Joanne Phillips Estes, Ph.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department

ML 7341
29-A Cohen Center

Phone: (513) 745-3018

Fax: (513) 745-3261


  • PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky

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First Year at Xavier University:

Since 1995


Hello and welcome to Xavier University’s Department of Occupational Therapy faculty website! I am pleased to introduce myself so that you may get to know me a bit. The main thing to know about me is that I have three passions: my family, occupational therapy, and education. My family consists of my husband, Robin and our three children, Brad, Ben, and Sara. Brad graduated from the University of Texas law school in 2014 and works as an attorney in San Francisco. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 and is pursuing a career in sports journalism with Sports Illustrated.com.  Sara is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Michigan and will graduate in 2016. Go Blue!

Occupational therapy is my second passion. I decided to become an occupational therapist in high school and have never looked back! I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy and as a clinician have practiced in acute-care adult intervention, some in psychiatry and the majority in physical dysfunction (arthritis, cardiac rehabilitation, renal failure, and orthopedics). An additional interest has been hand therapy. After several years as a clinician, I followed my passion for education and completed a Master of Science degree in allied health education at Mercy College of Detroit. In 2014, I realized my final personal education goal as I earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky. My dissertation was entitled Occupational Therapists’ Experiences with Ethical and Occupation-based Practice in Hospital Settings.

My occupational therapy career in Cincinnati has centered on being an educator for the past 20+ years. I was the original program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and from there traveled across town to Xavier University where I have served as a faculty member since 1995. My teaching areas of expertise include professional issues, ethics, and research.

Before closing, there is one more thing you should know about me - I have a fourth passion: my personal occupation of knitting! I knit wherever and whenever I can and you might spot me knitting during faculty meetings or in my office when I take a break to contemplate a problem or relax for a few minutes. If you want to learn to knit, I’m the person to see!

In closing, please know that I wish you the best in whatever path upon which you find yourself. If I can ever be of assistance to you in any way, do contact me.

Updated 3/25/15

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