Jennifer A. Moore, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Doyne Health Sciences Center 103

(501) 450-5017

Dr. Jennifer Moore earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).  Her career began in a hospital setting providing occupational therapy services with individuals experiencing acute illnesses.  In addition, she collaborated with others in the hospital developing, implementing, and managing a work injury rehabilitation program.  In 1994, Dr. Moore was hired by UCA as a full time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy.  Her teaching emphasis is in community-based programming, research methods, occupation-based practice, and professionalism.  Consistent with teaching assignments and service interests, Dr. Moore’s scholarship focuses on investigating the efficacy of occupation based programming and factors that influence participation in occupation such as aging, accessibility, or disability.  In 2013, Dr. Moore was appointed the role of interim chairperson and in 2015 accepted the position of department chairperson that she holds today.


Dr. Moore continues her commitment to improving accessibility for all by providing leadership and professional expertise with a number of organizations.   She is co-founder and director of the community-based program Acting Creates Therapeutic Success (ACTS).  This program provides opportunities for participation in the performing arts for children and adults primarily diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Founded in 1997, the program serves over 150 individuals across Arkansas.   Since 2000, Dr. Moore has enjoyed her partnership with ARC Arkansas, co-directing the annual performing arts camp for those with disabilities.  In 2016, she began another joint project working with The Center for START (Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) Services to provide training for those working with individuals who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, focusing on the efficacy of providing access and participation in the performing arts.  In addition to working with these organizations, Dr. Moore has served as accessibility coordinator for a number of cultural events such as UCA ArtsFest, Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, and the Imagine If Buildings Could Talk project commemorating the anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock Nine students.




2001 Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX; Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy

1996 Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX; Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy

1986 University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR; Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy


Research Interests

Occupation-based programming

Theory of Occupational Adaptation

Community-based practice

Scholarship of teaching and learning