Dr Dunn is Distinguished Professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Missouri. Internationally known for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life. She also writes and studies about strengths-based, authentic context interventions.
She has published more than 120 research articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken around the world about her work. She is the author/ co-author of all of the Sensory Profile measures, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs.
The Sensory Profile 2 has been released with new standardisation and validity testing for children birth to 15 years. She has received the top honours in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, and the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions; she is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has received the A. Jean Ayres research award. She has also received awards for innovative and engaging teaching, including the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kemper Teaching Fellowship and in 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professorship from the University of Kansas.
She has written a book for the public about her research entitled Living Sensationally understanding your senses, which has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times newspaper among others. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine for parents, professionals and other caregivers. Dr. Dunn has most recently become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, conducts research about the effectiveness of coaching interventions and is Co-Founder of Dunn & Pope Strengths Based Coaching (www.dunnandpopecoaching.com).