Linda Hunt, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Hometown:  St. Louis, MO & Whitefish, MT
Joined Chatham:  2006 


Gerontology, Research, Entrepreneurship, Home Care, Management and Leadership, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Case Study-Based Learning


Bird watching and studying, hiking, biking, writing, Mah Jong


Linda has earned degrees in Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Services, and a PhD in Physiological Optics with a specialty in cognition, vision, and aging.  She launched her research with a grant funded by National Institute on Aging investigating attention, cognition, and driving performance in individuals with dementia. Through this quantitative research and clinical practice, Linda has evaluated hundreds of older drivers in various stages of dementia.  Her experience and expertise is in clinical assessment and in-car on-the-road assessments, where she observed driving behaviors and challenges faced by older drivers in the natural environment.  Linda has provided numerous peer reviewed presentations and publications from this research.  Linda is also passionate about employment and has published a book, Work and the Older Person:  Increasing Longevity and Well-Being. 

Linda has taught the following courses in Chatham's post-professional OTD program: Advance Practice Concepts and Skills, & Occupational Therapist as Entrepreneur.  Her past positions include professor in the Gerontology Program and School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University, Program Director at Maryville University in St. Louis, and faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy.