About DeLana Honaker, PhD, OTR, FAOTA


Welcome!
Much of my work as a therapist, researcher, educator and app developer has focused on issues related to children of all abilities.  I am certified to give the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT).  I have authored multiple articles and two books: Writing Goals and Objectives in School-Based Practice and Ready, Set, Write! A Handwriting Development Program.  I’m currently living in Amarillo, Texas and working on a new pediatric assessment app called KidLife(r) (see my blog post about that).  Here's a synopsis of my education, scholarship, research and honors:

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1994
  • MA in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1999
  • PhD in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 2001
FELLOWSHIP:
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of outstanding service, scholarship, teaching and leadership for the profession in technology and pediatrics.

EXPERIENCE:
  • CEO/President of Well Versed, LLC, an assessment and app development company from 2013 to present
  • Consultant, private and public school districts in West Texas and Central Pennsylvania 1996 to present
  • Associate Professor, Elizabethtown College in PA from 2004-2009
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Woman’s University from 2002-2012
  • Consultant/Lead Occupational Therapist, Lubbock Independent School District, 1994-2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University, 2003-2004 and 1996-1998
  • Staff Occupational Therapist, Companion Home Healthcare, 1994-1995
SCHOLARSHIP:
Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Honaker, D. (in press). Collective Leadership: A Quantum Shift in Healthcare System Behaviors.  In S. Dunbar (Ed.), Occupational Perspective on Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions, Second Edition.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

  • Honaker, D. & Grimes, D. (in press).  Crafts in occupational therapy.  In A. Wagenfeld (Ed.), Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Independence, KY: Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Honaker, D., Rosello, S. S., & Candler, C. (2012). Brief Report—Test–retest reliability of family L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Family Experiences): An occupation-based assessment. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 617–620. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2012.004002
  • American Occupational Therapy Association. (2008).  Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process(2nd ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62,625–683.  Co-authored as a member of the Commission on Practice.
  • Honaker, D. (2007).  Letter to the editor.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  61, p. 603-604.

  • Honaker, D. & Rossi, L. (2005, December).  Proprioception and participation at school: Are weighted vests effective? Appraising the evidence Part Two.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly.  Bethesda, MD: AOTA

  • Honaker, D. & Rossi, L. (2005, September).  Proprioception and participation at school: Are weighted vests effective? Appraising the evidence Part One.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly.  Bethesda, MD: AOTA

  • Honaker, D. (2005).  Preschool and school-based therapy.  In A. Wagenfeld & J. Kaldenberg (Eds.), Pediatric Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

  • Dunn, E., Schulz, E., Wiley, A., Honaker, D., & Schulz, C.  (1999).  The Issue Is: The importance of scholarly debate in occupational therapy literature.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  53, p. 398-400.
Professional Publications:
  • Honaker, D., & Gupta, J. (2007). Practice Perks: Performance patterns and the Practice Framework. OT Practice, 12(13), 8.
  • Honaker, D. (2006). Autism statement. OT Practice, 11(21), 9.
  • Honaker, D. (2007). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Experiencing the Journey Together.  Annual compendium of Master’s Projects for 2007.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2006). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Building Research for the Future.  Annual compendium of Master’s Projects for 2007.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2005). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Pioneering Research in Action.  Annual compendium of Master’s Theses and Projects for 2005.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2003).  Writing Goals and Objectives in School-based Practice.  Self-published; currently available from TheraPro, Inc.
  • Honaker, D. (1999).  Ready, Set, Write! & Ready, Set, Write! Handwriting Groups.  [video and manual].  Currently available from TheraPro, Inc.
SERVICE:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Commissioner on Practice 2005-2008.  
  • Proposal Reviewer for the 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 AOTA Conference Calls for Papers; Member 1992 to present
Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE): 
  • Roster of Accreditation Evaluators 2001-2004
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE): 
  • Board Member and Rules Committee Chair 2010 to present
Other
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention, Preschools & Schools, 2006-present
  • Editorial Board: Therapy Times, 2006-2009. 
  • Reviewer for special issue of Occupational Therapy in Health Care (Volume 19, 1/2) entitled The Scholarship of Practice in Occupational Therapy edited by Pat Crist, PhD, OTR and Gary Kielhofner, PhD, OTR.
 Honors/Awards: AOTA Service Awards, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, & 2013

Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere…I would be different.  Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game.  It’s such a surprise.  :)