Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery, Psychosocial Aspects of Wellness and Everyday Life, Capturing Lived Experience Using Photovoice Methods, Leadership, Leadership Development, and Servant Leadership
AOTA Immediate Past President; and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Virginia "Ginny" Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, is immediate past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Stoffel is currently an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She has also served as AOTA's vice president. In that role she was responsible for the organization's strategic planning activities and chaired its Centennial Vision commission.
Stoffel was sworn in as president-elect at AOTA's 92nd Annual Conference & Expo in Indianapolis in April 2012. She became president on July 1, 2013, for a 3-year term which ended June 30, 2016. In her capacity as president, Stoffel chaired the Association's Board of Directors, serve as an ambassador for occupational therapy in the United States and internationally, and work to foster the development of the profession and its members.
An AOTA member since 1975, Stoffel earned a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2007, an MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1983, and a BA in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine's in 1977.
Dr. Stoffel has worked on numerous leadership and service projects with AOTA and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). She has served on the AOTA Specialties Board establishing Board Certification in Mental Health. Among many publications, Stoffel co-authored the mental health text, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation.