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Environmental Action: An Introductory Overview for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

  • 01 May 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom


Environmental Action: An Introductory Overview for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Date: MAOT Meeting Monday 5/1 7PM -8:30 PM

Location:  Zoom link to be emailed to registrants day before event


  • Understand the Mission and Vision of Occupational Therapy Practitioners for Environmental Action

  • Explore guiding documents from professional organizations

  • Identify the relationships between sustainability and occupational therapy practice (habits, roles, routines)

  • Examine the impact of climate change on human health

  • Connect the motivation for occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) to invest in this work to ensure Occupational Justice

  • Understand lifestyle medicine’s relationship to environmental sustainability

  • Explore implications for OT practice and education

Bios for speakers:

Tee Stock, OTD, MSOT, MBA, OTR

Tee Stock is a Pediatric OT who supports protecting our earthly environment, preventing climate change, and educating others on the OT role with regard to climate change, occupational justice, and sustainability. She regularly sees clients in natural outdoor environments. Tee was appointed to an AOTA task force on Climate Change and Sustainability and contributed to recommendations made by the task force. Tee has 2 adult children who study environmental engineering and environmental science. She continues to learn about climate change and the OTP role and has contributed to a PPT for OTEA on this subject. Tee is facilitating a Conversation That Matters at AOTA 2023 on the Effects of Climate Change on OT Practice.

Amy Sadek, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM

Amy Sadek is an Assistant Professor and Doctoral Capstone Coordinator for Hawaii Pacific University. A majority of Amy’s clinical work has been in pediatrics where she has served diverse populations in public schools, private outpatient clinics, and rural communities through teletherapy service. More recently, Amy obtained her Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine which supports her research interests and health promotion work. 

Camille Ko, OTD, OTR, CBIS

Camille Ko is an assistant clinical professor at Texas Woman’s University(TWU) in Denton. Her clinical experience involves rehabilitation mainly with clients with neurological conditions. Currently, she works as an occupational therapist in a day neuro program and neuro-focused outpatient clinic. She is part of the sustainability committee at TWU and is a member of Occupational Therapists for Environmental Action.

Kelly Isabelle DeMarco, OTR/L, NBC-HWC

Kelly’s career path in occupational therapy has covered a broad spectrum of age range, diagnoses, and clinical settings. Kelly is an active member of Wisconsin Climate Health, Occupational Therapy for Environmental Action, Wisconsin Women in Sustainability, and the Climate Coaching Alliance. She is a contributing writer to Solve Climate Change Now: Do What You Love for a Healthy Planet by Don Maruska and Climate Change Coaching: The Power of Connection to Create Climate Action by Charly Cox and Sarah Flynn. Her recent TEDx talk is titled: What Will it Take for People to Act?  


  • Blakeney, A. B., & Marshall, A. (2009). Water quality, health, and human occupations. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 46–57. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.1.46

  • Cunsolo, A. & Ellis, N.R. (2018). Ecological grief as a mental health response to climate change-related loss. Nature Climate Change, 8, 275-281. Retrieved from

  • Dennis, C. W., Dorsey, J., & Gitlow, L. (2015).  A call for sustainable practice in occupational therapy.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82(3), 160-168. doi: 10.1177/0008417414566925

  • Gupta, Jyothi. (2012). Human displacement, occupational disruptions, and reintegration: a case study. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. 66. 10.1179/otb.2012.66.1.010.

  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists. (2019). Position Statement: Occupational Therapy and Human Rights. Retrieved from:

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