Patricia J. Scott, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Surgery


Dr. Scott is a recognized Translational Research Scholar through the TRIP program at Indiana University. When Dr. Scott was hired here in 2007, she was very clear about what she wanted to accomplish: to prepare students studying for their MS in Occupational Therapy to use scientific evidence in their clinical decision making, and to establish empirical evidence about the process of recovery make a difference in the lives of people who face challenges of recovering meaningful lives following organ transplantation. She has done both. Her development of the Role Checklist, Version 2: Quality of Performance has led to an International Collaboration. Her work has the potential to become a leading measure of social participation in the field of rehabilitation.

Over the past year, Dr. Patricia Scott has continued her work on the cross-cultural validation of the Role Checklist Version 3 with partner therapists from Norway, Japan, UK, USA, Switzerland and Sweden. On October 23-24, 2015, Dr. Scott convened the 4th International Institute for the Model of Human Occupation at the IUPUI Campus Center. This global institute brought together 150 clinical practitioners and academic scholars from 15 countries and 12 states to Indianapolis.   

Additionally she has received a $65,000 grant from the Center for Teaching and Learning  to lead faculty representing 9 health care disciplines to initiate campus- wide Interprofessional Grand Rounds, to promote a better understanding of health professional students about the roles of others on the health care team.


Dr. Scott studies role participation with the ultimate goal of establishing the first globally accepted measure of participation. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Scott treated people with problems stemming, in part, from lack of participation in valued roles. Many of these people have trouble with role identification. It is socially awkward to say, ‘this is my brother who just got out of prison’, and ‘I cannot work because I have schizophrenia ’, or ‘I cannot attend because I lost my license for driving drunk’.


She has since devoted herself to a research career with the goal of increasing the number of individuals who have access to information and health care services such that they can return to full meaningful participation in life post-transplant. Phase I, revealed that post-transplant participation in a higher number of valued roles as measured by the Role Checklist, is significantly associated with higher SF-36 scores. Phase II is a longitudinal study, measuring timing of return to activities of daily living and valued roles at 15 points over the first 2 years post-transplant. Phase III moved her work into determining the best interventions to support individuals struggling to resume meaningful life participation after transplantation. Her presentations and publications caught the work of colleagues.



Ironically, it was the innovative use, and modification of the Role Checklist, a long standing tool used by occupational therapists, which catapulted her work into the international spotlight. In 2012 she established a formal collaboration with International colleagues and now, in Version 3 of the Role Checklist, with tested translation guidelines and international cross-cultural validation studies in place, her aspiration to establish the first globally accepted measure of participation appears closer than ever. 

Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Surgery
  • Professor Emeritus of Occupational Therapy, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Research

  • Awards
    Org: IUPUI Center for Translating Scholarship into Practice (TRIP)
    Desc: 2016 Faculty Translational Research Scholar
    Scope: University
    Date: 2016-10-01

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