Amy Paul-Ward, Ph.D.

Paul-Ward.pngDr. Amy Paul-Ward (PhD, 1997 University of California, Los Angeles) is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Florida International University. She is an applied medical anthropologist whose body of work draws on anthropology, social justice, occupational science and disability studies to understand and address transitional barriers at different points in the life course. Her research program has explored these issues with different vulnerable populations includingfoster care youth, young adults with cognitive impairments in post-secondary transition programs, adults with HIV, and sex workers. Her interdisciplinary work, which incorporates a critical medical anthropology lens to advocate for providing occupational therapy services for individuals who do not traditionally receive access to it, has impacted the national conversation on OT and foster care. Paul-Ward is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a former Co-Chair of the Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy, and Anthropology Interest Group, National Association of Practicing Anthropologists. In regards to her nomination for Secretary, she is currently the Secretary for the Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA) and served as the Secretary for the FIU-United Faculty of Florida (FIU-UFF) for four years.


I am very excited and honored to be nominated for the position of SfAA Secretary. Having served as the secretary for multiple organizations, I have deep knowledge of the importance of this role as well as the skillset and experience to perform the duties of Secretary. In particular, my attention to detail, combined with my organizational, note taking, and time management skills will enable me to provide the Board of Directors, Officers, and Association Members with detailed and accurate documentation of all relevant meetings. If elected to serve in this capacity, I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with SfAA leadership to represent the interests of anthropologists across all settings.