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Sherry L. Muir

Sherry L. Muir

Program Director of OT

Associate Professor


(OTD)-Occupational Therapy

Phone: 479-575-8727

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Sherry Muir, PhD, OTR/L has worked with patients in a variety of rural acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health settings for over 27 years. Dr. Muir holds a BA in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University, and a PhD in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University.  She has been a professional educator since 2003, and came to Arkansas from a full-time faculty position at Saint Louis University (SLU). She has received Outstanding Educator awards from both the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association and the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. Dr. Muir is widely considered the founder of a new area of practice for occupational therapists in Primary Care, working in integrated interprofessional teams to improve primary care and patient outcomes.  She is a recognized leader in this innovative area of practice, speaks nationally on this topic, has several peer-reviewed publications on the topic, works with student groups from various universities to complete projects or research in primary care, and has helped many occupational therapists to develop jobs in this practice setting.

Dr. Muir moved to the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in September, with a joint appointment at UAMS where she is the founding director of the clinical Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.  This is the first joint program between the two universities and will meet a vital need in Northwest Arkansas. 

Occupational Therapy in Primary Care, and rural health

2016   PhD in Public Policy & Administration

           Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

1991   Master of Occupational Therapy

           Texas Woman’s University,  Dallas, TX

1987   Bachelor of Arts in Biology

           University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

Peer reviewed Manuscripts


  • Dahl-Popolizio, S., Muir, S., Davis, K., Wade, S., & Voysey, R.(2017). Occupational therapy in primary care: determining receptiveness of occupational therapists and primary care providers," The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5(3), Article 10.
  • Dahl-Popolizio, s., Rogers, O., Muir, S., Carroll, J. & Manson, L. (2017). Interprofessional primary care: The Value of occupational therapy. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5(3), Article 11.


  • Dahl-Popolizio, S., Manson, L., Muir, S., & Rogers, O. Enhancing the value of integrated primary care: The Role of occupational therapy. Families, Systems, & Health. 36(3), 270-280.


  • Killian, C., Fisher, G., & Muir, S. Primary Care: A new context for applied scholarship. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 29(4):383-96. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2015.1050713


  • Roberts, P., Farmer, M.E., Lamb, A.J., Muir, S. & Siebert, C. (2014) The role of occupational therapy in primary care.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(Suppl.3). S25-S33. doi:  10.5014/ajot.2014.686S06


  • Coppard, B., Berthelette. M., Gaffney, D., Muir, S., Reitz, M., Yarett-Slater, D. Why continue two points of entry education for occupational therapists?  OT Practice, March 9, 10-14.


Peer reviewed Continuing Education Module


  • Muir, S., Henderson-Kalb, J., Eichler, J., Serfas, K., & Jennison, C. Occupational therapy in primary care: An emerging area of practice. OT Practice, AOTA Learn Continuing Education Article. August 25, 2014, CE1-CE8.

Invited peer reviewed column


  • Muir, S. OT in primary care: We should be there. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August, 66(5), 506-510.  Invited editorial @

Non peer reviewed publications


  • Muir, S. (June). Teaching tips for OT in primary care for the AOTA Education Special Interest Section, On-line Forum.
  • Goldstein, D., Fader, J., Muir, S. (April). Occupational Therapy in Primary Care. Primary Care Progress, Progress Notes Blog @

Honor Society Memberships

2011-present     Pi Alpha Alpha (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration),     

2010-present     Alpha Eta (National Allied Health Honor Society)

1998-present     PI Theta Epsilon (National OT Student Honor Society)


2016    Doisy College of Health Sciences Excellence in Clinical & Classroom Teaching Nomination

2015     AOTA Service Commendation (2)

             Doisy College of Health Sciences Outstanding Student Faculty Mentor Nomination

2014     Doisy College of Health Sciences Excellence in Clinical & Classroom Teaching Nomination

              AOTA Service Commendation (2)

2011      Doisy College of Health Sciences Outstanding Student Faculty Mentor Award 

2010      Outstanding Educator, Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Award

2008       AOTA Service Commendation