Tina Fletcher, Ed.D., M.F.A., O.T.R.

Associate Professor

Occupational Therapy

Tina Fletcher, Ed.D., M.F.A., O.T.R.


IHSD 8802


Dr. Fletcher focuses on the impact of art making on clients and caregivers receiving occupational therapy, and on improving participation in community cultural arts and entertainment venues for visitors with special needs. Using sensory strategies, environmental supports, and curriculum development to achieve these goals, she is guided by the belief that participation in the creative process, whether experienced through art making or by being in cultural arts and entertainment venues, has a direct impact on a person's well-being and quality of life. 1. Impact of art making, and improving participation 2. Sensory strategies to improve participation 3. Curriculum design to enhance program effectiveness


Ed.D., Educational Design and Curriculum Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, 2010
M.F.A., Fine Arts-Sculpture, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, 1996
B.F.A., Fine Arts-Experimental Studies, East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas, 1992
M.A., Education-Allied Health Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1983
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 1980


Pediatrics; Accessibility; Activity Analysis; Creative and Cultural Arts; Qualitative Research; Professional Writing; Pedagogy; Autism

Latest Articles

Sculpting Hand-in-Hand
Art & Activities (2019)
Tina Fletcher, Maria King

The Effects of Sensory Diets on Children's Classroom Behaviors
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention: Innovations in Practice, Theory, and Research (2019)
Vidya Pingale, Tina Fletcher, Catherine Candler

Serving theatregoing children with special needs: Implications for inter-professional collaboration
Youth Theatre Journal (2019)
Tina Fletcher, Michelle L. Sherman, Jessica M. Lawrence, Jennifer L. Parrish

Occupational Therapy Students' Perceived Value of Simulated Learning Experiences
Journal of Allied Health (2019)
D J Walls, Tina Fletcher, D P Brown

Occupational Therapy Student Conceptions of Self-Reflection in Level II Fieldwork
Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (2019)
Susan L Iliff, Gaylene Tool, Patricia Bower, Diane Parham, Tina Fletcher

Celebrating Chinese New Year Occupational Therapy Style: A Cultural Spin on Teaching Handwriting
Independent School Magazine (2019)
Tina Fletcher, Maria King

Fine Arts Museums and Occupational Therapy Collaborations Promote Inclusion for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
CultureWork (2018)
Tina Fletcher, Jon Eckberg, Amanda B. Blake

Contributing to Sensory-Friendly Events From A to Z
OT Practice Magazine (2018)
Tina Fletcher

Construct Validity of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire – Teacher Version
Assessment for Effective Intervention (2018)
Aimee Pillar, Tina Fletcher, Beth Pfieffer, Noralyn Pickens

Factors influencing adherence to an app-based exercise program in adolescents with painful hyperkyphosis
Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders. (2018)
Karina A. Zapata, Sharon S. Wang-Price, Tina Fletcher, Charles E. Johnston

Can Sensory Gallery Guides for Children with Sensory Processing Challenges Improve Their Museum Experience?
Journal of Museum Education (2017)
Tina S. Fletcher, Amanda B. Blake, Kathleen E. Shelffo

Exploring How Live Theaters Provide Access to Children with Special Needs: Quantitative Analysis
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics: A Quarterly Journal of Developmental Therapy (2017)
Tina Fletcher, Jennifer Parrish, Michelle L. Sherman

Does Explicit Handwriting Instruction Have a Place in the Instructional Day? Exploring the Relationship Between Handwriting Quality and Academic Success in Elementary Students
Cogent Education (2017)
Hope McCarroll, Tina Fletcher

Art Making and Identity Formation in Children and Adolescents with Differing Social Behaviors
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (2017)
Tina Fletcher, Shelby S. Lawrence

Reliability of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire: Teacher Version
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2017)
Aimee Piller, Tina Fletcher, Beth Pfeiffer, Karen Dunlap, Noralyn Pickens

How To Manage Sensory Overload During The Holidays
The Art of Autism (2016)
Tina Fletcher

How parents perceive participation in museum activities: A comparison between parents of children with and without autism spectrum disorders.
Inclusion (2016)
Ana Antonetti, Tina S. Fletcher

The Pink Binder
Survivor's Review (2016)
Tina Fletcher

Factors that bring meaning to mementos created by elders
Aging and Mental Health (2016)
Tina Fletcher

Considering the museum experience of children with autism
Curator: The Museum Experience (2016)
Taylor Kelsey Kulik, Tina Sue Fletcher

How to keep the holidays from overloading the senses of autistic children
Dallas News (2016)
Tina Fletcher

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Society for the Arts in Healthcare
  • Society for the Study of Occupation
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association
  • Textbook & Academic Authors Association
  • Tinnitus Practitioners Association

Honors & Awards

  • College of Health Sciences Service Award (2018)
  • Brick Ceremony - Commerce Honor (2018)
  • Academic Educator of the Year (2017)
  • This I Believe II Book-in-Common publication top faculty essay award winner (2016)
  • Summer Research Initiative Award Recipient (2016)