Cynthia Evetts, Ph.D., O.T.R.



Occupational Therapy

Cynthia Evetts, Ph.D., O.T.R.

MCL 818

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Cynthia Evetts, PhD, OTR, is Professor and Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University. Her educational background includes industrial arts education, occupational therapy, and community health education. Her professional experience has focused primarily on mental health working with persons in psychiatric treatment facilities, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, out-patient and respite programs, and briefly in special education. She is an AOTA Credentialed Leader in Academia, an associate fellow of the Center for Research on Women's Health, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She has presented numerous workshops on the therapeutic use of crafts in therapy and co-authored the book "Mindful Crafts as Therapy: Engaging More than Hands" (2017, F.A. Davis) with Dr. Suzanne Peloquin. Her 20+ years as an educator in occupational therapy have nurtured an affinity for applying theory to guide best practice. Current passions include a focus on use of meaningful activity to enhance occupational well-being and participation in everyday living.


Ph.D., Health Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, 1997
M.O.T., Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, 1988
B.S., Industrial Arts, Texas A&M University: College Station, College Station, Texas, 1982


Occupational Adaptation; Occupational Well-being; Occupation-based Practice; Occupational Justice; Occupational Deprivation; Psychosocial Impact of Disability; Stress; Academic Leadership

Latest Articles

Effect of an Occupation-Based Program for Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who are Incarcerated
Annals of International Occupational Therapy (2019)
Laurie Stelter, Cynthia Evetts

Reclaiming and Proclaiming the Use of Crafts in Occupational Therapy
Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (Online) (2016)
Emily Leenerts, Cynthia Evetts, Emily Miller


Mindful Crafts as Therapy: Engaging More than Hands
F.A. Davis (2017)
Cynthia Evetts, Suzanne Peloquin


Physical and virtual environments: Meaning of place and space
in Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy | Wolters - Kluwer (2019)
Noralyn D. Pickens, Cynthia Evetts

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association

Honors & Awards

  • Credentialed Leader in Academia, American Occupational Therapy Association (2018)