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About Ruth Ramsey

Dr. Ruth Ramsey is a professor and the founding Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. She holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Fransicso. She also holds Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degrees in Dance.
Dr. Ramsey was recruited by Dominican in 1996 to develop the occupational therapy program and has since grown it to over 150 majors in two tracks; transitioned it to a graduate program; and led it through three successful national accreditations.

Dr. Ramsey practiced clinically in mental health settings with adolescents, adults and seniors. She is also very interested in issues of healthy aging. She currently sits on the Marin County Fall Prevention Task Force; has produced several CarFit events promoting safe driving for older drivers; and helped develop the Healthy Seniors program which brings older adults onto the Dominican campus to work with occupational therapy students and faculty to maintain independent community living.

Positions

2018 Present Dean, Dominican University of California School of Health and Natural Sciences
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20172018 Interim Dean, Dominican University of California School of Health and Natural Sciences
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19962017 Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Occupational Therapy
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20132014 Co-Creator and Director, Dominican University of California Health Sciences Program
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19951996 Adjunct Faculty, San Jose State University ‐ Occupational Therapy
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19901996 Program Coordinator and Senior Occupational Therapist, Mills-Peninsula Hospital ‐ Adult Partial Hospitalization Programs
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19871990 Program Coordinator and Lead Occupational Therapist, Belmont Hills Hospital ‐ Adult Day Treatment Program
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19851986 Occupational Therapist, Santa Clara County ‐ Mental Health Department
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines


Research Interests


Grants

2016 course redesign to focus on “democracy and equity in healthcare” in OT graduate course
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Mellon Grant
$400
2011 To conduct a strategic planning process to establish a Center for Healthy Aging
Dominican University of California
Strategic Initiative Grant
$9,300
2011 To support study abroad travel course for 21 OT and nursing faculty and students to Sweden in May and June
Dominican University of California
Strategic Initiative Grant
$34,000
2007 Professional Presentation Award
Dominican University of California
$500
2005 - 2006 Faculty Sabbatical Award Recipient
Dominican University of California
$50,000
2002 - 2006 Doctoral Development Grant
Dominican University of California
$20,000
2003 North Coast Medical Post-Professional OTR Graduate Fellowship
California Foundation for Occupational Therapy
$2,500
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Professional Service and Affiliations

1996 - Present Professional OT Program Director Forum- Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
2008 - 2009 AOTA-AOTF Leadership Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association
2007 - 2009 Conference Proposal Reviewer, American Occupational Therapy Association
2002 - 2005 Appointed Member, Commission on Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association
2004 Conference Proposal Reviewer, American Occupational Therapy Association
1998 - 2001 Associate Member, Mental Health Partnership Training Project, American Occupational Therapy Association
1996 - 1997 Public Policy And Membership Committee, Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
1996 - 1997 Nominating Committee, Ethics Committee, Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
1994 - 1997 National Board Member, Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
1988 - 1997 Member, Northern California Association for Partial Hospitalization
1993 - 1996 National Board Member, Northern California Association for Partial Hospitalization
1993 - 1995 Past President, Northern California Association for Partial Hospitalization
1991 - 1993 President, Northern California Association for Partial Hospitalization
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Honors and Awards

  • California Foundation for Occupational Therapy: North Coast Medical Post-Professional OTR Graduate Fellowship, 2003.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Commendation for Service on the Commission on Practice, 2002-2005
  • Dominican University of California: Doctoral Development Grant, 2002-2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Occupational Therapy Association of California, 2016

Education

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2007 Ed.D., University of San Francisco ‐ Learning and Instruction
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1992 M.S., San Jose State University ‐ Occupational Therapy
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1981 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Dance Education
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1976 B.A., San Francisco State University ‐ Dance/Physical Education
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Contact Information

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

415.257.1393

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