Kendra Heatwole Shank

Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty


Contact Information

Enrollment Services, Rm 256


PhD, Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

MS, Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

BS, Nursing, Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA

Areas of Expertise

Occupations of older adults, specifically issues related to aging-in-place

Contextual dynamics (place, culture, possibilities, injustice) of occupation
Multiple methods research

Interdisciplinary and policy applications of occupation-centered research

Select Publications

Aldrich, R., & Heatwole Shank, K. (In Press). An Occupational Science Perspective on Occupation, Adaption, and Participation. In L.C. Grajo & A. Boisselle, Occupation and Adaptation: Multidimensional Perspectives (pp. xx-xx). SLACK, Inc.

Heatwole Shank, K., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Processes of developing ‘community livability’ in older age. Journal of Aging Studies, 39, 66-72. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2016.11.001

Heatwole Shank, K. (2016). What makes a community age-friendly? Conceptualizing community livability through mapping. International Journal of Aging and Society, 7(1), 61-76.

Hart, E., & Heatwole Shank, K. (2016). Participating at the Mall: Possibilities and Tensions that Shape Older Adults’ Occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(1), 67-81 (early online April 2015). doi:10.1080/14427591.2015.1020851

Hart, E., & Heatwole Shank, K. (in press). Participating at the mall: Possibilities and tensions that shape older adults’ occupation. Journal of Occupational Science.

Heatwole Shank, K. (2012). Mixed methods and pragmatism for research on occupation. In M. P. Cutchin and V.A. Dickie (Eds.), Transactional perspectives on occupation (pp. 183-195). Dordrecht: Springer.

Heatwole Shank, K., & Cutchin, M.P. (2010). Transactional occupations of older women aging in place: Negotiating change and meaning. Journal of Occupational Science, 17, 4-13.

Cutchin, M.P., Coppola, S., Talley, V., Svihula, J., Catellier, D., & Heatwole Shank, K. (2009). Feasibility and effects of preventive home visits for at-risk older people: Design of a longitudinal, experimental study. BMC Geriatrics, 9(54). doi:10.1186/1471-2318-9-54


Select Presentations

Heatwole Shank, K. (2016). Poster: Getting groceries and good vibes: The layered occupation of buying food. Canadian Society for the Study of Occupation & SSO:USA joint conference. Portland, ME.

Heatwole Shank, K., et al. (2016). Poster: Key Dimensions of an Age-Friendly Community for Older Adults who are Aging in Place: A Multiple Case Study. Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. Pikesville, MD.

Heatwole Shank, K. & Smith, C. (2015). Poster: Older Adults Meaningful Occupations and Navigation of the Community. Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. Baltimore, MD.

Heatwole Shank, K. (April 2015). Mapping Community Participation and Well-Being while Aging in Place. National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitative Medicine Department. Bethesda, MD.

Heatwole Shank, K. (2015). What Makes a Community Age-Friendly? Conceptualizing Livability through Mapping Everyday Activities. Aging & Society International Conference. Washington, D.C.

Heatwole Shank, K. (2015). Layered purposes of participation: What mapping methods can teach us about occupation.  SSO:USA. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Heatwole Shank, K., & Hart, E. (2015). Revealing and representing complexity: A case for methodological creativity in Occupational Science. SSO:USA. Ft. Lauderdale, FL.