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Occupational Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Antoine Baillaird

Bondurant 2003


  • PhD, 2019, Occupational Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, Xavier University, 2013
  • B.A., Concentration in Human Occupation, Minor in Peace Studies, Xavier University, 2011


  • MOT
  • OTR/L
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist in North Carolina

Awards and Honors

  • Brueggeman Fellowship, Xavier University
  • Dorothy Day Award, Xavier University

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Community Practice and Population Oriented Approaches to Occupational Therapy”
    Guest Lecture, Xavier University, HOCS 323 – Occupational Justice
    April 10, 2015
  • McQuiddy, V. A., Scheerer, C. R., Lavalley, R., McGrath, T., & Lin, L. Normative values for grip and pinch strength for 6- to 19-year-olds. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.03.018
  • Busbee, E., Dumas, S., Lavalley, R., & Riley, A. (2013). In Hall-Clifford R. (Ed.), NGOs and civil society: How common hope programming supports the educational transition in Guatemala. National Association for the Practice of Anthropology- Occupational Therapy Field School.

Research Interests

I am interested in studying and exploring the emergence of community and social change through occupation that occurs at a population and group level. I hope to explore how communities form, adapt and respond to new influences and members, and how these changes influence unity and disunity within those communities. I hope to develop a richer understanding of these phenomena to better inform and facilitate community-based Occupational Therapy Practice and potentially larger social progress.

Affiliated Groups

  • Coordinator and Faculty member for the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – Occupational Therapy Field School (NAPA-OT)
  • Consulting Therapist for the Orange County Department on Aging

Career Goals

As I explore the theoretical and philosophical perspectives within Occupational Science, I have become interested in developing theory and research regarding communities, groups, and populations, especially those who are non-traditional for Occupational Therapy practitioners. This theoretical development will assist in describing and understanding how communities and groups emerge, change, and adapt over time through occupation. I hope to continue researching communities and working within community-based practice areas to support a rich and informed approach to social problems and challenges within this realm.


Hiking, Outdoors, Camping, Photography, Swing Dancing

Other Fun Facts

I proudly hail from the great state of West Virginia.

Ryan Lavalley