Senior Associate, UNC Partnerships in Aging Program
Phone: (919) 843-4472
Office: 2054 Bondurant Hall
- PhD Occupational Therapy: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden 2018
- Graduate Certificate in Public Health: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2010
- MA Folklore: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009
- MS Occupational Therapy: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1989
- BA Biology / German: Wake Forest University 1984
I am a native of western North Carolina and though an avid traveler, my home state has always held special appeal, particularly this university, which has a rich history of Southern traditions, a strong academic reputation and a legacy of progressive social action. I practiced occupational therapy in the western mountains of North Carolina for many years, as well as in Maine and Louisiana before being asked to join the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. My primary practice setting has been adult physical rehabilitation, and I’ve also had experience in long-term care settings, home health, community-based work with older adults, assistive technology and work with paratransit and supplemental transportation systems. A long-time interest in narrative traditions led me to a degree in Folklore, which is a wonderful complement to understanding human occupation. I love the challenges and rewards of teaching, and also like to keep a bit of life balance through spending time with family and friends, singing, camping, cooking, digging in the dirt, crafting and traveling.
Paraphrased From Kahlil Gibran “The Prophet” (re-gendered and abbreviated)
Then said a teacher, “Speak to us of Teaching.”
And she said:
No one can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge.
If she is indeed wise she does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
The astronomer may speak to you of her understanding of space, but she cannot give you her understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but she cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And she who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but she cannot conduct you thither.
For the vision of one lends not its wings to another.
OCCT 726 Human Capacity for Action II (Fall MSOT1)
OCCT 757 Therapeutic Processes II (Fall MSOT 2)
OCCT 781 Environments & Technologies (Spring MSOT1)
OCCT 722 Life Course II: Adulthood (Fall MSOT 2)
OCCT 773 Life Course & OT Practice in Aging (Spring MSOT 2)
OCCT 990/992 Applied Research Seminar (Fall & Spring MSOT 2)
Research, Clinical and Community Service Interests
- Adult physical rehabilitation / neurorehabilitation
- Gerontology; community-based practice with older adults
- Life participation with post-stroke aphasia
- Supplemental transportation systems for non-drivers
- Instructional methods and technologies
- Feminist theory; participation narratives of women with disabilities
- Inducted into the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators (2020)
- Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award (2017)
- University of North Carolina Center for Public Service Service Award (2016)
- ACCLAIM Leadership Fellow (2012-2013)
- University of North Carolina School of Medicine Fellowship Program for Mid-Career Leaders in Healthcare Individual Project: Educational Strategic Planning for the Department of Allied Health Sciences Service Award (2013)
- Steering Committee of the Gerontology Special Interest Section American Occupational Therapy Association Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (2012)
- Recognized for Engaged Occupational Therapy to Enhance Community Participation AOTA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN Service Award (2008)
- Board for Advanced and Specialty Certification American Occupational Therapy Association Finalist: Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-baccalaureate instruction (2007)
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Service Award (2006)
- Specialty Certification Panel: Driving and Community Mobility American Occupational Therapy Association Service Award (2005) Task Group to Develop Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility American Occupational Therapy Association School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2004)
- Department of Allied Health Sciences University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Service Award (2004)
- AOTASB Community Mobility/Driver Safety Panel American Occupational Therapy Association
Womack, J., Lilja, M., Dickie, V. & Isaksson, G. (submitted). Occupational therapists’ interactions with older adult caregivers: Negotiating priorities and expertise.
Humphry, R. & Womack, J. (in press). Development of Occupations: A Life Course Perspective. In Schell, B., Gillen, G & Scaffa, M. (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy 13th Edition. SLACK Inc: Philadelphia.
Womack, J.L., Lilja, M. & Isaksson, G. (2017). Crossing a Line: Narratives of risk-taking by older women caregivers. Journal of Aging Studies 41, 60-66.
Bagatell, N., Womack, J. L. (2016). Human capacity for action as core content in occupational science education. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(4), 514. American Occupational Therapy Association. (2016). Driving and community mobility. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (Suppl. 2), 7012410050. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.706S04 (Schold Davis, Stav and Womack, co-authors)
Womack, J., Isaksson, G. & Lilja, M. (2016). Care partner strategies to support community mobility.Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 23(3): 220-229. Haley, K.L., Womack, J.L., Harmon, T.G., & Williams, S. (2015). Visual analog rating of affect by people with aphasia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation d-14-00073.3d 16:27, 6/1/2015
Humphry, R. & Womack, J. (2013). Development of Occupations. In Schell, B., Gillen, G & Scaffa, M. (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy 12th Edition. SLACK Inc: Philadelphia. (15 pages).
Haley, K., Womack, J., Helm-Estabrooks, N., Lovette, B. & Goff, R. (2013). Supporting Autonomy for People with Aphasia: Use of the Life Interests and Values (LIV) Cards. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 20 (1): 22-35.
Womack, J. & Silverstein, N. (2012). The Big Picture: Comprehensive Community Mobility Options. In McGuire, M. & Schold-Davis, E. (Eds). Driving and Community Mobility Self-Paced Clinical Course. AOTA Press: Bethesda. (33 pages).
Womack, J. (2012).The relationship between client-centered goal setting and treatment outcomes. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders 22: 28-35.
Wood, W., Womack, J & Hooper, B. (2009). Dying of Boredom: An Exploratory Case Study of Time Use, Apparent Affect and Routine Activity Situations on Two Alzheimer’s Special Care Units. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 63 (3): 337-350.
Womack, J. (2008).Occupations of Older Adults. In Coppola, S., Elliott, S. & Toto, P. (Eds). Strategies to Advance Excellence in Gerontology.. AOTA: Bethesda, MD pp. 59-78.
Helm-Estabrooks, N., Haley, K. L., & Womack, J. (2007). A pictorial, binary-sorting system allowing “self-determination” despite aphasia. Brain and Language, 103, 201-202.
Haley K, Jenkins K, Hadden C, Womack J, Hall J, Schweiker C. (2005). Sorting pictures to assess participation in life activities. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders. (October):11-15.
Wood, W., Hooper, B. and Womack, J. (2005) Reflections on Occupational Justice as a Subtext of Occupation-Centered Education in Kronenberg, F., Simo Algado, S. and Pollard, N. (Eds.) Occupational Therapists without Borders.Edinburgh: Elsevier. 378-389.
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Womack, J.L., Dagger, M. R. & Lavalley, R. (2016). Building A Dementia-Capable Community: An occupational therapy and social work collaboration. North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Conference: Greensboro, NC Womack, J.L. (2016). Home-based activity support for dementia caregivers. Congress of Occupational Therapy in European Countries (COTEC): Galway, Ireland.
Lilja, M., Isaksson, G., Riekkola Carabante, J. & Womack, J. (2016). Challenges in occupational therapy when providing home-based rehabilitation for senior citizens. Congress of Occupational Therapy in European Countries (COTEC): Galway, Ireland.
Womack, J.L. & Elliott, S.J. (2015). Occupational Therapy and Aging Services: Collaborating in the Community. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference: Nashville TN.
Barco, P., Stav, W., Carr, D., Classen, S., Monahan, M., Womack, J., Luther-Krug, M. & Davis, E. (2015). Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation Related to Driving and Community Mobility Across the Life Span. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference: Nashville, TN.
Womack, J.L. (2014). Deepening the investigation with limited time: Rapid Ethnographic Methods. Joint International Conference in Occupational Science. Society for the Study of Occupation USA and the International Society of Occupational Science: Minneapolis MN
Womack, J.L., Daniel, L., Jay, S., Miller, M., Roche, S., Southard, J. & Frank, G. (2014). Crossthreads: Craftwork and social justice in a Guatemalan context. Joint International Conference in Occupational Science. Society for the Study of Occupation USA and the International Society of Occupational Science. Minneapolis MN.
Horowitz, B. & Womack, J. (2014). Community- Based Practice to Support Aging in Place. Featured presentation for the Gerontology Special Interest Section annual meeting. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference: Baltimore, MD.
Womack, J. (2013). Client-centered practice for adults with aphasia: techniques to support communication and participation. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference: San Diego, CA
Wakeford, L. Dickie, V. Womack, J, Coppola, S., Lilja, M., Ohman, A., Josephsson, S. (2012) The Development of Therapeutic Use of Self Across a Career. Congress of Occupational Therapy in European Countries: Stockholm, Sweden
Womack, J. & Haley, K. (2010). Self-Determination of Therapy Goals in the Presence of Aphasia World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference: Santiago, Chile
Fraser, M. & Womack, J. for the Orange County Department on Aging (2015-2018). 3-year ($900,000) grant to build a dementia-capable community in Orange County, NC. Awarded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living: ADI-SSS (40% salary support).
Womack, J. (2012-present) Orange County Department on Aging: Aging Transitions Team. Clinical Contract as Consulting Occupational Therapist (20% salary support).
Fraser, M., Kearns, K. & Womack, J. for the Orange County Department on Aging. (2013-2015).2-year ($125,000) grant to fund a senior mobility manager for Orange County, NC Awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. (0% salary – programmatic funds)
Alterovitz, R. & Manocha, D. (2013-2015). Obtainment and Programming a Human Scale Robot for Home Healthcare Assistance. ($200,000). National Science Foundation. Womack: co-investigator. (3%)
Wakeford, L., Coppola, S., Dickie, V., Womack, J. (2011-2013). Development of Therapeutic Relationship Skills Among Occupational Therapists. ($7500) UNC-Chapel Hill University Research Council. (0% salary – research expenses only)
Manocha, D. & Alterovitz, R. (2011-2013) Computing Robot Motions for Home Healthcare Assistance ($350,000) National Science Foundation SmartHealth and Wellbeing Program NSF award #IIS-1117127. Womack: Senior Investigator (5%)