- PhD, Occupational Science, UNC-Chapel Hill 2019
- M.O.T., Occupational Therapy, Xavier University, 2013 B.A., Concentration in Human Occupation, Minor in Peace Studies, Xavier University, 2011
Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for Engaged Partnership Carolina Center for Public Service, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2021)
- Society for the Study of Occupation-Research Chair
- Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity- Operations Chair
- International Network for Social Transformation through Occupation- Coordinating Member
- North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association American Occupational Therapy Association
Training and Education through SAFE at UNC
- Safe Zone
- Mandatory Title IX Awareness and Violence Prevention
In teaching, I value experiential learning, critical thinking and reflection, anti-oppression, inclusivity, justice, and dialogue. I hope to offer space that situates students and professor as co-learners. I encourage students to be open to class activities and exercises while asking questions, challenge assumptions, and critically examining the ideas we discuss. Self-reflection and saying “I don’t know” are tools I value. I expect to be wrong sometimes, and so should students. Recognizing these moments and learning from them allows us to grow together.
OCCT 770: Occupational Science- This course provides an introduction to Occupational Science and its relevance to Occupational Therapy. Students learn habits of scholarly and critical inquiry to understand participation in occupation as a complex transaction of temporal, sociocultural, political, individual, and community factors. Students are introduced to theories of action, identity and balance, as well as how culture, gender, age, community, racism, objects, place, spirituality, and ideas about health influence and emergence through the performance of occupation.
OCCT 836: Community Level Occupational Therapy Practice- The purpose of this course is to introduce students to practice-oriented toward community change and to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students to contribute to and design a real-world transformative solution to a community or organizational program supported by an occupational lens. Situated through a lens of justice and critical perspectives, students conduct a capacity assessment with a local community using an occupational perspective to subsequently design an occupation-based intervention that targets an identified need.
Community Occupational Therapy Practice, Community Program Development and Implementation, Aging, Housing, Antiracism and Queer Liberation.
Lavalley, R. (2021). New Frontiers: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Coordinated Community Coalitioning. OT Practice, 2021(January), 18–21.
Lavalley, R., & Johnson, K. R. (2020). Occupation, injustice, and anti-Black racism in the United States of America. Journal of Occupational Science, 0(0), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1810111
Johnson, K. R., & Lavalley, R. (2020). From racialized think-pieces toward anti-racist praxis in our science, education, and practice. Journal of Occupational Science, 0(0), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1847598
Lavalley, R., Womack, J. L., & Bailliard, A. (2020). A live community growing together: Communal occupation of a senior center welcoming Spanish-speaking elders. Journal of Occupational Science, 0(0), 1–13. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1775111
Lavalley, R. (2017). Developing the transactional perspective of occupation for communities: “How well are we doing together?” Journal of Occupational Science, 24(4), 458–469. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2017.1367321
Clifford, R. H., Roche, S., Fathima, S., Palmius, N., Hollingworth, K., Kennedy, J., Merida, J., Stephens, M., Lavalley, R., Rohloff, P., Garcia, P., Patrick, S., & Clifford, G. (2017). Sustainable Technology for Surgical Referrals: Pilot Implementation of an Electronic Referral System for Short-Term Surgical Missions. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, 11(2). http://www.jhidc.org/index.php/jhidc/article/view/166
Nichols, B., Umana, K., Britton, T., Farias, L., Lavalley, R., & Hall-Clifford, R. (2017). Transnational information politics and the “child migration crisis”: Guatemalan ngos respond to youth migration. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(5), 1962–1987. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-017-9890-9