Linda Hunt, PhD, FAOTA, OTR/L

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I discovered being an occupational therapist is a perfect fit for what energizes me, providing opportunities that help people reach goals. I believe that creative problem-solving is the basis for occupational therapy practice and teach my students to be resourceful problem-solvers. I have been an occupational therapy educator for more than 17 years. My primary practice is with older adults, specifically in wellness programs, low vision, and driving rehabilitation and community mobility. 

I received grant funding that enabled me to examine the effects of aging and dementia on driving ability. My current research focuses on lifestyle redesign for certified nursing assistants (CNA). I believe that clients will receive optimal care if CNAs work in an environment that supports the valuable work they do, including caring for individuals during end of life. I am currently starting a wellness program that promotes stress reduction, education, and career path development for CNAs. 

In addition, I have published my research results in numerous journals and books and have presented to audiences worldwide. I have taught exercise classes to clients with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 

I keep occupied by hiking, walking, biking, cross country skiing, and yoga. I enjoy the outdoors and great food with my husband and daughter. My favorite pastimes are bird watching, reading the newspaper and literature, and going to inspiring films. I never miss the Academy Awards. 



2001 | PhD, in Physiological Optics, School of Optometry, University of Missouri St. Louis

1991 | Master in Health Care Services, Health Care Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis


1983 | BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

1974 | BS, English and Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.

Recent Accomplishments/Awards

2011 | Promoted to Full Professor

2011 | Director, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals

2010-2011 | Chair, Faculty Senate

2009-2010 | Chair, Elect Faculty Senate

2009 | Named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at its annual conference in Houston, Texas, for research and promotion of the profession in the domain of driving and rehabilitation

2008 | Awarded tenure at Pacific University

2008-2011 | Faculty Senate

2006-present | Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy

2002-present | Reviewer for American Medical Association Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

2005-2006 | AOTA Service Awards

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

Hunt, L.A. (2011). Understanding and helping drivers with Alzheimer’s disease. Police Chief, 78, 11, 60-64

Hunt, L.A., Brown, A.E., & Gilman, I.P. (2010). Drivers with dementia and outcomes of getting lost while driving. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 225-232

Hunt, L.A. & Bassi, C.J. (2010). Near visual acuity levels and performance on neuropsychological assessments used in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 105–113

Hunt, L.A. & Arbesman, M. (2008). An evidence-based and occupational perspective of effective interventions for older clients that remediate or support improved driving performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 136-148

Hunt, L., Salls, J., Dolhi, C., Kratz, D., & Martin, K. (2007). Putting the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework into practice: Enlightening one therapist at a time. OT Practice, 12(15), 17-20

Eberhard, J.W., Stutts, J., Burkhardt, J., Finn, J., Hunt, L., Staplin, L., Molnar, L.J., Peters-Beumer, L., Dinh-Zarr, B.T., Carr, D. B., Trilling, D.R., & McCarthy, D. P. (2006). Strategies and tools to enable safe driving for older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 22, 3-17

Duchek, J.M., Carr, D.B., Hunt, L., Roe, C. M., Xiong, C., Shah, K., & Morris, J.C. (2003). Longitudinal driving performance in early stage dementia of the Alzheimer type. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51, 1342-1347

Duchek, J.M., Hunt, L.A., Ball, K., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1998). Attention and driving performance in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Gerontology, 53B, 130-141

Hunt, L.A., Murphy, C.F, Carr, D., Duchek, J.M., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1997). Reliability of the Washington University Road Test: A performance-based assessment for drivers with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Archives of Neurology, 54, 707-712

Hunt, L.A., Murphy, C.F, Carr, D., Duchek, J.M., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C. (1997) Environmental cueing may affect performance on a road test for drivers with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 11, Suppl.1: 13-16

Hunt, L.A. (1996). A profile of occupational therapists as driving instructors and evaluators for elderly drivers. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 19, 2-3

Hunt, L.A., Sadun, A., & Bassi, C. (1995). Review of the visual system in Parkinson’s disease. Optometry and Vision Science, 72, 92-99

Hunt, L.A., Morris, J.C., Edwards, D.F., & Wilson, B. (1993). Driving performance in persons with mild senile dementia of the Alzheimer type. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 41, 747-753

Hunt, L.A. (1993). Evaluation and retraining programs for older drivers. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 9(22), 439-448

Hunt, L. (1988). Continuity of care maximizes autonomy of the elderly. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 42, 43-45

Invited Publications

Hunt, L.A. (2011).  Understanding and helping drivers with Alzheimer’s disease. Police Chief, 78, 11, 60-64.

Hunt, L.A. & Slater, D.Y. (2012). Occupational Therapy’s Ethical Obligation To Address Driving and Community Mobility in AOTA (Eds.), AOTA Press.

Odenheimer, G. L. & Hunt, L.  (2011). Functional Assessment in Geriatric Neurology. In Albert, M. & Knoefel, J. (Eds.), Clinical Neurology of Aging, 3rd ed. New York:  Oxford University Press

Odenheimer, G. L. & Hunt, L. (2011). Functional Assessment in Geriatric Neurology. In Albert, M. & Knoefel, J. (Eds.), Clinical Neurology of Aging, 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press

Stav, W., Hunt, L., & Arbesman, M. (2006). Occupational therapy practice guidelines for driving and community mobility for older adults. Bethesda, Md.: American Occupational Therapy Association

Davidson, D.A., Hunt, L., & Carluccio, L.W. (2004). Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling. In Rizzo, M. & Eslinger, P. J. (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company

Hunt, L.A. (2003, Summer). Driving and dementia automatic cessation of driving? Generations, 27(2), 34-38

Hunt, L.A. (2001). G9: Remediation through Adaptive Equipment and Training. National Highway Safety Administration, Retrieved October 3, 2008 from

Hunt, L.A., & Weston, K (1999). Assessment of Driving Capacity. In Lichtenberg, P.A. (Ed.). Handbook of Geriatric Assessment. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Duchek, J.M., Hunt, L. A., Ball, K., Buckles, V., & Morris, J.C.(1997). The role of selective attention in driving and dementia of the Alzheimer type. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 11, Suppl.1: 48-56

Hunt, L.A. (1996, Fall). The older driver and driving cessation. Aging & Vision News, 8, 5-6

Hunt, L.A. (1994). Home Health Care: Environmental Influences of Functional Performance. In Bonder, B.R. (Ed.). Functional Performance in the Elderly. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis

Hunt, L.A. (1994). Driving and the demented person. In Morris, J.C. (Ed.). Handbook of Dementing Illnesses. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Hunt, L. Able Driving is Safe Driving, pamphlet for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, 1993

Hunt, L.A. (1990) Occupational therapists roles in maximizing older adults driving ability; evaluation and intervention. Order number 263SDN36164. Washington D.C.: National Institute on Aging.


Hunt, L. A., Teixeira, N., Hietala, K., Girondel, S., & Hilleson, K. Occupational Therapy Students’ Opportunity to Advocate European Senior Games for Wellness. European Network for Occupational Therapists in Higher Education. Vilnius, Lithuania. Oct. 18, 2012.

Hunt, L. A. Productive Aging: Sustaining Employment for Older Adults. Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. Honolulu, Hawai“i Sept.10, 2012.

Hunt, L. A. Using mindfulness: Enhancing quality of life for clients, coworkers, and ourselves. British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland. June 2012.

Stelmokas, J., Scott, B. J., & Hunt, L. Alzheimer caregiver quality of life: An exploratory study of associations between neuropsychiatric symptoms and caregiver coping strategies. Poster presentation at the International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Toronto, Canada. March 2011.

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