Andrea M. Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L
Andrea M. Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L

Andrea M. Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Occupational Therapy

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Biography

Dr. Andrea Thinnes is Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Fellowship program.  She serves on the leadership team in the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research (CIPER). Her teaching responsibilities include teaching Occupational Therapy courses focused on clinical education, mental health, older adults, and spirituality in practice.  She also teaches an IPE course on end of life and palliative care.  She has a dual appointment in the graduate school in the Masters of Science in OT/Masters of Science in Rehabilitation teaching the mental health coursework.  She served as the Director of the Clinical Education team in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University from 2006-2017.  She has specialty certifications in CarFit, Memories in the Making, and Dementia Capable Care. Her service to the community include:  Vice President of Mental Health and Wellness for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association and Community Advisory Board member for Rejuvenating Women.  

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Corcoran, M. Mild and major neurocognitive disorders: Effect on occupational performance and implications for occupational therapy. Thinnes, A. Invited book editor., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Thinnes, Andrea, Padilla, René Effect of Educational and Supportive Strategies on the Ability of Caregivers of People With Dementia to Maintain Participation in That Role, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 541-549, 2011
  • Thinnes, A., Padilla, R. What is the effectiveness of educational and supportive strategies for caregivers of persons with dementia on the ability to maintain participation in that role?, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2011

Editing and Reviews

  • Corcoran, M. Mild and major neurocognitive disorders: Effect on occupational performance and implications for occupational therapy. Thinnes, A. Invited book editor., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014

General

  • "A Historical Cross-Professional Perspective on the Fellowship in Occupational Therapy", J Allied Health, 49, 109-117, 2020
  • Occupational Injustice and Human Trafficking: Occupational Therapy's Role, Occupational Therapy Practice, CE-1 - CE-10, 2020
  • Occupational Injustice and Human Trafficking: Occupational Therapy's Role, OT Practice, CE-1 - CE-10, 2020
  • Occupational Injustice and Human Trafficking: Occupational Therapy's Role, OT Practice, CE-1 - CE-10, 2020
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Presentations

  • A Walk Through Dementia:  An Occupational Therapy Student's Perspective, 2019
  • Interprofessional Competence Development Through Online Palliative Care Education, 2019
  • Hearing Voices SImulation:  Occupational Therapy Students' Experience , 2019
  • Introduction to the Professional Rotation at Creighton University to Madonna Rehabilitation, 2016
  • 2 part series Dementia Capable Care Foundation course taught to Occupational Therapy students, 2016
  • Connecting Practitioners Locally, Nationally, and Globally: Building value in State Organizations, 2016
  • Take this job and love it presentation at the Nebraska OT Association conference, 2016
  • Connecting Practitioners locally, nationally, and globally: building value in state associations, 2016
  • The Role of the Caregiver in Promoting Functional Independence, 2016
  • Trained occupational Therapy students on the Memories in the Making program, 2016
  • Thinnes, A., Evenson, M., Hatkevich, B. (2015). Short course: “Calling all fieldwork educators: opportunities to mentor doctoral students. American Occupational Therapy annual conference, Nashville, TN, April 2015., 2015
  • Thinnes, A., Jensen, L., Lohman, H., Lyons, B. (2014-2015) Evaluating the older adult’s ability to live independently and drive: An occupational therapist’s role in assessment. Online presentation for Reynolds grant “Physician Training in Interprofessional Care”., 2015
  • Thinnes, A., Evenson, M., DeAngelis, T., and Hatkevich, B. (2014). (SIS) EDSIS Fieldwork Subsection Annual Program: Understanding entry level OTD doctoral experiential component placement, American Occupational Therapy annual conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014., 2014
  • Thinnes, A., Kirkpatrick, B., Flecky, K., Griffiths, Y., Beribak, A. (2014) Remember your roots sensory garden: Student service project creating a therapeutic place to rejuvenate health and wellness, Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy annual conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014., 2014
  • Thinnes, A., Kirkpatrick, B., Flecky, K., Griffiths, Y., Beribak, A. (2014) Remember your roots sensory garden: Student service project creating a therapeutic place to rejuvenate health and wellness, Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy annual conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014., 2014
  • Thinnes, A., Domina, A. (2013). Engaging occupational therapy students on level II fieldwork through the use of synchronous online discussion groups, American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014., 2014
  • Thinnes, A., Domina, A. (2013). Engaging occupational therapy students on level II fieldwork through the use of synchronous online discussion groups, American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014., 2013
  • Thinnes, A., Domina, A. (2013). Engaging occupational therapy students on level II fieldwork through the use of synchronous online discussion groups, American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit, Atlanta, GA, October 2013., 2013
  • Thinnes, A. (2013-2014). The occupational therapist’s role in working with older adults. Guest Lecturer, Interprofessional Geriatric Organization., 2013
  • Thinnes, A. (2013) Fieldwork and clinical educators as leaders. Guest Lecturer, OTD 518., 2013
  • Daniel, C., Jensen, L., Thinnes, A. (2010). Achieving Excellence in Fieldwork Education: A Workshop for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference, 2010., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning, interprofessional education, human trafficking, dementia, creative occupations, spirituality, and mental health.  

Current Research Projects

  • OT students' attitudes on mental health and mental illness, OT student attitudes on older adults and likelihood to work in older adult OT practice, human trafficking, virtual reality in the education of OT students.  

Grant Funding Received

  • AEA Grant "Assessment of a Novel Leadership Skill Development Assignment"
  • TLC Grant " A Walk Through Dementia: Occupational Therapy Students' Experience"
  • "Hearing Voices Simulation: Occupational Therapy Students' Experience"

Awards and Honors

  • CarFit Superstar Award, National CarFit Program , 2015
  • Educator of the Year Award (2011), Occupational Therapy Class of 2011, 2011
  • Educator of the Year Award (2012), Occupational Therapy Class of 2012, 2012
  • Volunteer Service Award, Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, 2014
  • Consultant - Lifegate Christian School, 2010
  • SPAHP Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, SPAHP Office of Faculty and Staff Development, 2020
  • Father Don Driscoll Ignatian Teaching Award, SPAHP students, 2019