Kendra Heatwole Shank, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor, Post-Professional OTD Director, Graduate Faculty

Kendra Heatwole Shank, PhD, OTR/L

Contact Information

Linthicum Hall, 340C


PhD, Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
MS, Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
BS, Nursing, Eastern Mennonite University, 2005

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

  • Heatwole Shank, K., Kenley, B., Brown, S., Shipley, J., Baum, M & Beers, C. (2019). “We need more things for us”: Being low-income and under-occupied in older age. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. doi: 10.1177/00084174198383
  • Heatwole Shank, K., & Presgraves, E. (2018). Using Geospatial Mapping of Late-life Couplehood: Dimensions of Joint Participation. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, & Health. doi: 10.1177/1539449218808277
  • Aldrich, R., & Heatwole Shank, K. (2018). An occupational science perspective on occupation, adaption, and participation. In L.C. Grajo & A. Boisselle, Occupation and Adaptation: Multidimensional Perspectives (pp. 159-174). 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
  • 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., &  Presgraves, E. (2018). Using mapping to evaluate community mobility and participation while aging in place. AOTA. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Heatwole Shank, K., & Presgraves, E., (2017). Discordant accounts: Co-, collaborative-or transecting occupations? SSO:USA. Seattle, WA.
  • Heatwole Shank, K., et al. (2017, November). Poster: Mapping the community-based occupations of low-income older adults. Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. Lutherville-Timonium, MD.
  • 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.
  • Scronce, G., Heatwole Shank, K., Faldowski, R., Fletcher, D., & Mercer, V., (2015, October). Development of a hamstrings muscle stretching device for older adults and individuals with neurological disorders. Poster session presented at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference, Asheville, NC.
  • 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.