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Antoine L. Bailliard

Associate 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

OCSC 890 – Perspectives on Embodiment & Occupation

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


HomeLink Project Funding: SAMHSA (Grant #: 1H79SM080750-01)
Project Budget: $2,411,155
Project Period: 09/30/2018 – 09/29/2023
Role: Co-Project Director Sep 2018 – Present
Project description: This project will connect participants to: (1) stable and affordable housing; (2) enhanced psychosocial rehabilitation targeting independent living skills necessary to maintain stable housing; and (3) enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits (e.g. Supplemental Security Income)/Social Security Disability Insurance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, etc.). We will accomplish these aims by creating a HomeLink team comprised of an Occupational Therapist (OT), Social Worker, Employment and Housing Specialist, and a Peer Support Specialist. The team will combine a variety of evidence-based practices (e.g., Housing First, motivational interviewing, illness management and recovery, etc.) to provide direct services and coordinate comprehensive case management with local mental health service providers to serve individuals who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Exploring the Relationship Between Sensory Processing Patterns of Adults with Psychotic Disorders and Participation in Everyday Activities Project Funding: Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program
Project Budget: $10,000
Project Period: 05/30/2018 – present
Role: Principal Investigator
Project description:
Purpose: There is a gap in the literature describing how the sensory processing patterns of adults with schizophrenia (SCZ) affect their functional independence and participation in Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Understanding the mechanisms through which sensory deficits affect activity engagement is necessary for therapists to identify meaningful intervention targets that are causally related to participation – a primary psychiatric rehabilitation outcome. Our research question is: What is the relationship between the sensory processing patterns of adults with SCZ and their participation in ADL. Our specific aims are to: (1) Measure the relationship between the sensory processing patterns of adults with SCZ and their participation in ADL; and (2) Explore how adults with SCZ relate their sensory processing to their participation in ADL.
Participants: Participants are community-dwelling adults (aged 18-65) diagnosed with schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. Procedures (methods): We are using a mixed methods approach consisting of video elicitation, photo elicitation, semi-structured interviews, the Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile, the Participation Objective, Participation Subjective instrument, the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale.

Recent Publications

Wilson A, Mahadevan M, Villodas M, Rodriguez M, Bailliard A, Cuddeback G. 2020. Tiny homes are huge for people living with serious mental illness. Research on Social Work Practice. doi: 10.1177/1049731520961448

Lavalley R, Womack J, Bailliard A. 2020. A live community growing together: Communal occupation of a senior center welcoming Spanish-speaking elders. Journal of Occupational Science. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2020.1816209

Lavalley R, Bailliard A. 2020. A communal perspective of occupation: Community change in a senior center welcoming Spanish-speaking immigrants. Journal of Occupational Science. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2020.1775111

Bailliard A, Dallman A, Carroll A, Lee B, & Szendrey S. 2020. Doing occupational justice: A central dimension of everyday occupational therapy practice. CAN J OCCUP THER. 87(2): 144-152. doi: 10.1177/0008417419898930

Pergolotti M, Bailliard A, McCarthyk L, Farley E, Covington K, & Doll K. 2020. Women’s experiences after ovarian cancer surgery: Distress, uncertainty, and the need for occupational therapy. AM J OCCUP THER. 74: 7403205140. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2020.036897

Tomar N, & Bailliard A. 2020. Understanding the moral economics of occupational engagement. Journal of Occupational Science. 27(1): 82-94. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2019.1591297

Harmon TG, Jacks A, Haley KL, Bailliard A. 2019. How responsiveness from a communication partner affects story retells in aphasia: Quantitative and qualitative findings. AM J SPEECH-LANG PAT. 18(1): 1-15. doi: 10.1044/2019_AJSLP-19-0091

Harmon TG, Jacks A, Haley K L, Bailliard A. 2019. Dual task effects on story retell for participants with moderate, mild, or no aphasia: Quantitative and qualitative findings. SPEECH LANG HEAR RES. 62: 1890-1905. doi: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-L-18-0399

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, Aldrich R. 2017. Occupational justice in everyday occupational therapy practice. In: Pollard N, Sakellariou D, editors. Occupational therapies without borders: Integrating justice with practice. 2nd ed. Elsevier. p 83-94.

Bailliard A, Whigham SC. 2017. Centennial Topics—Linking neuroscience, function, and intervention: A scoping review of sensory processing and mental illness. AM J OCCUP THER, 71: 7105100040.

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. INT MIGR. 54(2): 131-143. doi: 10.1111/imig.12210.

Bailliard A. 2015. Habits of the sensory system and mental health: Understanding sensory dissonance. AM J OCCUP THER, 69: 6904250020.

Bailliard A. 2015. Video research: Unlocking the complexity of occupation. CAN J OCCUP THER. 82(1): 35-43. doi:10.1177/0008417414556883.

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

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.