Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Science
and Occupational Therapy

Suite 2053 Bondurant Hall – CB #7122
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office Phone: 919- 843-4468


  • PhD Occupational Science,
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS Occupational Therapy,
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA Peace, War, and Defense,
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Personal Statement

My research and clinical practice focus on improving the quality of life and community integration of marginalized populations such as adults with mental illness and migrant groups. Using participatory research methods, I have studied the relationship between the embodiment of sensory experiences and mental health. I have also studied the relationship between participation in occupation and theories of social/occupational justice. Although my clinical experience is predominantly in adult inpatient psychiatric settings, I have also worked with children and in community-based health settings. Currently, I am a research fellow at the Community Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center (COREC) within the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center (NCPRC). I am also a consultant and trainer for the Institute of Best Practices at the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Courses Taught (Current)

OCCT 757/767 – Therapeutic Processes II & Lab – Mental Health modules

OCCT 836 – Community-Level Occupational Therapy Practice

OCSC 855 – Action Theories

OCSC 890 – Human Capabilities, Justice, & the Political Dimensions of Occupation

Research, Clinical and Community Service Interests

  • Mental health
  • Social justice
  • Human migration
  • Embodiment of occupation
  • Qualitative methods
  • Sensory features in research and practice
  • Cross-cultural issues in research and practice
  • Collaborative engaged scholarship

Recent Publications

Bailliard, A., Dallman, A., & Carroll, A. (2018). The relationship of macro and micro processes in Merleau-Ponty: A response to Cutchin. Journal of Occupational Science. 25(2), 237-239. doi:10.1080/14427591.2018.1466405

Bailliard, A., Carroll, A., & Dallman, A. (2018). The inescapable corporeality of occupation: Integrating Merleau-Ponty into the study of occupation. Journal of Occupational Science. 25(2), 222-233. doi:10.1080/14427591.2017.1397536

Bailliard, A., & Whigham, S. C. (2017). Centennial Topics—Linking neuroscience, function, and intervention: A scoping review of sensory processing and mental illness. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7105100040.

Bailliard, A., & Aldrich, R. (2017). Occupational justice in everyday occupational therapy practice. In N. Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Occupational therapies without borders: Integrating justice with practice (2nd ed., pp. 83-94). Elsevier. 

Bailliard, A. (2016). Justice, difference, and the capability to function. Journal of Occupational Science. 23(1), 3-16. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2014.957886

Huot, S., Bobadilla, A., Bailliard, A., & Laliberte-Rudman, D. (2016).  Constructing undesirables: A critical discourse analysis of ‘othering’ within the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. International Migration. 54(2), 131-143. doi: 10.1111/imig.1221

Bailliard, A. (2015). Habits of the sensory system and mental health: Understanding sensory dissonance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6904250020.

Bailliard, A. (2015). Video research: Unlocking the complexity of occupation. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82(1) 35-43. doi:10.1177/0008417414556883

Bailliard, A., Aldrich, R., & Dickie, V. (2013). Ethnography and the transactional study of occupation. In M. Cutchin and V. Dickie (Eds.), Transactional perspectives on occupation (pp. 157-168). New York, NY: Springer.

Bailliard, A. (2013). Laying low: Fear and Injustice for Latino migrants to Smalltown, USA. Journal of Occupational Science. 20(4), 342-356. doi:10.1080/14427591.2013.799114

Bailliard, A. (2013). The embodied sensory experiences of Latino migrants to Smalltown, North Carolina. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(2), 120-130.  doi:10.1080/14427591.2013.774931

Cutchin, M., Aldrich, R., Bailliard, A., & Coppola, S. (2008). Action theories for occupational science: The contributions of Dewey and Bourdieu. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(3), 157-165. doi:10.1080/14427591.2008.9686625

Faison, T., Bailliard, A., & Long-Slade, A. (2011). ADL cards and cultural competency: Using pictures to break language barriers. OT Practice, 16(10), 19-21.