Joy Hammel

Chair and professor, occupational therapy / Applied Health Sciences


Joy Hammel; experts guide

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Joy Hammel is an internationally recognized leader, scholar and educator in disparities in social participation among people with disabilities.

She has received more than $7 million in grant funding to develop evidence-based interventions to increase home, community, economic and social participation opportunities for people with disabilities and to improve policy and systems.

Hammel identifies both the barriers and supports to community living and societal participation; works toward consumer-directed and patient-centered assessment tools to evaluate disparities; and researches participatory means to change systems, make action plans for environmental and policy issues, and build community capacity for participation by people with disabilities.

Hammel is an elected a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research, one of the highest honors in the field. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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