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Virginia Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA

Associate Professor

Education

Ph D Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service Cardinal Stritch University 2007
MS Guidance and Counseling University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1983
BA Occupational Therapy College of St. Catherine 1977

Speaker Topics

  • Capturing Lived Experience through Photovoice
  • Behavioral Health and Occupational Therapy
  • Recovery and Well-Being

Interests & Expertise

Virginia Stoffel’s research focuses on the lived experience of disability and recovery for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders; parenting a child with autism; transitioning from military to civilian life as a university student; and engagement in psychosocial clubhouses.

Use of motivational interviewing and coping strategies to promote change in substance use and other behavioral changes reflects ongoing work with colleagues from the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Currently, Stoffel is involved in a five-year study funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (2013-2017) titled “DryHootch iPeer: A Social & Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health” with Carol Haertlein Sells from UWM and colleagues from the Medical College of Wisconsin, DryHootch, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Marquette University and Mental Health America of Wisconsin.

In addition, Stoffel is known for her involvement in leadership development training and has facilitated leadership training programs for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Emerging Leadership Development Program and their Middle Manager Leadership Institute since the programs were launched in 2009 and 2010.

Stoffel is the president of AOTA (2013-2016), the national professional association for occupational therapy in the U.S. representing more than 140,000 practitioners, students and researchers. Her service also extends to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation; Mental Health America of Wisconsin; the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation; and the editorial board of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Journal of Psychosocial Practice and Research.

Selected Publications

Stoffel, V. C. (2016, September). Coming Home to Family: Now Is the Time!. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(6), 7006120010p1.
Ruffalo, L., Hooyer, K., Whittle, J., Stoffel, V. C., & Flower, M. (2016). Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Instructor Manual: QRF Peer Mentor Training Program.
Stoffel, V. C., Lee, S., Schwartz, J. K., & Grossberg, G. T. (2015, December). Mental health and common psychiatric disorders associated with aging. Barney, K. F., & Perkinson, M. A. (Eds.). Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults, Chapter 16, 266-288. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Stoffel, V. C. (2015). Engagement, exploration, empowerment (Presidential Address). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(2).
Brown, C. E., & Stoffel, V. C. (2014). Person factors: Psychological. Christiansen, C. H., Baum, C. M., & Bass-Haugen, J. (Eds.). , 215-229. Bethesda, MD/AOTA Press: Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation and Well-being.
Scaffa, M. E., Riels, L. A., Moyers, P. A., & Stoffel, V. C. (2014). Community-based approaches for substance use disorders. Scaffa, M., & Reitz, S. M. (Eds.). 2nd ed, 292-308. Philadelphia/F.A. Davis Publishers: OT in Community-Based Practice Settings.
Tomar, N., & Stoffel, V. C. (2014). Examining the lived experience and factors influencing education of two student veterans using photovoice methodology. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 430-438.
Stoffel, V. C. (2014). Attitude, authenticity and action: Building Capacity (Presidential Address). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 628-635.
Stoffel, V. C., & Tomar, N. (2014). Additional uses of evaluation data. Hinojosa, J., & Kramer, P. (Eds.). , 281-305. Bethesda, MD/AOTA Press: Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data 4 th Edition.
Stoffel, V. C. (2013). Health Policy Perspectives — Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Behavioral Health: A Call to Action. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(2), 140-145.
Stoffel, V. C. (2013). From heartfelt leadership to compassionate care (Inaugural Presidential Address). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 633-640.
Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Recovery. Brown, C. E., & Stoffel, V. C. (Eds.). , 3-16. Philadelphia/F.A.Davis Company: Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 1).
Haertlein Sells, C. A., & Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Strategies to enable meaningful everyday living for people with psychiatric disabilities and other mental health needs. Christiansen, C. H., & Matuska, K. M. (Eds.). 4th ed, 405-429. Bethesda, MD/AOTA Press: Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation.
Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Psychosocial clubhouses. Brown, C. E., & Stoffel, V. C. (Eds.). , 559-570. Philadelphia/F.A.Davis Company: Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 39).
Haertlein Sells, C. A., Stoffel, V. C., & Plach, H. (2011). Substance-related disorders. Brown, C. E., & Stoffel, V. C. (Eds.). , 192-210. Philadelphia/F.A. Davis Company: Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 15).

Honors & Awards

Member, Representative Assembly (2016, April) American Occupational Therapy Association.
President, Board of Directors (2016, April) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Empire Who’s Who Award (2015) .
Service Commendation, Mentor, Emerging Leaders Program (2012) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Woman of Influence Award (2012, June) Milwaukee Business Journal.
Ambassador Award (2011, May 13) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Empire Who’s Who Award (2010) .
Distinguished University Service Award (2010, October 4) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation (2009) Board Certification in Mental Health Phase II Panel.
Emergying Leadership Development Committee, Chairperson and Member (2009) .
Service Commendate, Vice President, Board of Directors (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Commendation AOTA, Chair, Centennial Commission (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Commendation, Chair, Ad Hoc Participant Review Commitee (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service commendation, Vice Presdent, Representative Assembly (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Received 15,000 each year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) for Blending Life and Learning: Increasing Access to Higher Education for hybrid course development in the Occupational Therapy Master of Science Program (2007) Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Service Commendation for Chairperson (2007) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Partners in Philanthropy Honor Roll (2007, November 07) Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Service Commendate, Member Commison on competence and professional development (2006) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Commendation (2006, November 01) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Empire Who’s Who Award (2005) .
Service Commendation for AOTA Specialties Board Liaison (2004) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (2004, May 21) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (2002, May 04) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Leadership Service Commendation (2000, April) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation (1998, October) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation for 6 years of service and leadership on the Board of Directors (1998, May) Transitional Living Services.
Certificate of Appreciation (1998, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation for contributions on the Research and Scholarly Activities Committee (1997, October) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award for contributions on the WOTA Bylaws Committee (1997, October) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1997, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award for Leadership as Chair (1997, April) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1996, August) Ronald E. McNair Program.
Certificate of Appreciation (1996, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation (1995, September) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1995, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching (1995, May) School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Fellow (1993, June 22) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1993, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Initiated as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1993, May 02) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Award of Excellence for Written Communication (1992, September) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1992, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Honorary Member (1991, December) Pi Theta Epsilon, Rho Chapter.
Certificate of Appreciation (1991, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1990, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1989) DePaul Rehabilitation Hospital.
Award of Appreciation (1989, September) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1989, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching (1989, May) School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Certificate of Appreciation (1988) DePaul Rehabilitation Hospital.
Certificate of Appreciation (1988, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1987, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1986, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (1985) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1985, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation (1984) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Received $9,500.00 for development and construction of an independent living skills laboratory for DePaul Rehabilitation Hospital Occupational Therapy Department (1984) DePaul Foundation.
Certificate of Appreciation (1984, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1982, May) Southeast District of The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Who’s Who in the Midwest? (1981) .
Outstanding O.T. Student Award (1977, May) Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association.
Rehabilitation Traineeship scholarship for Allied Health Professionals (1976) College of St. Catherine.