Curriculum Vitae

ANNE V. KIRBY portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Occupational & Recreational Therapies



  • BS, Occupational Science, University of New Hampshire
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire
  • PhD, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Project: Factors Influencing Participation Outcomes of Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Honors & Awards

  • Cordelia Myer Best AJOT Article Award. American Occupational Therapy Association, 04/09/2016
  • Herbert Prehm Student Award, best student presentation related to autism and developmental disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children, 04/2014
  • Ying-Chiong Hu Summer Research Fellowship. University of North Carolina Graduate School, 04/2014
  • David Zeaman Student Award, high quality student presentation. Gatlinburg Conference, 03/2014
  • Doctoral Merit Assistantship. University of North Carolina Graduate School, 08/2011


My research focuses on individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families, with particular focus on (1) suicide risk and prevention, and (2) understanding and preparing youth and families for successful transition to adulthood. Prior to pursuing my PhD in Occupational Science, I gained diverse clinical experiences as an occupational therapist. I worked in early intervention and charter school settings with children with a variety of special needs. I also worked as an inpatient occupational therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Travel has also provided me with opportunities to learn about occupational therapy and other services for individuals with disabilities in multiple states and other parts of the world. I enjoy bringing my experiences into the classroom when teaching.

*I am accepting graduate students (PhD in Rehabilitation Science) for 2018.

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