Areas of Expertise: Health care policy & reform, prevention and wellness, occupational therapy as a career, women in leadership roles, and the gender pay gap
AOTA President, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University and owner of AJLamb Consulting
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Amy Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA is the President of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University, and owner of AJLamb Consulting. She is the immediate past-vice-president and past chair of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC). She has a valuable combination of clinical practice as a registered occupational therapist and health care policy experience at the state and federal levels. Dr. Lamb's expertise includes health care policy, health care reform, prevention and wellness, occupational therapy as a career, women in leadership roles, and the gender pay gap.
Dr. Lamb received both her BS in Occupational Therapy and her post professional doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Dr. Lamb got her policy start in the Minnesota House of Representatives working with the Health Policy committee. She was the paid lobbyist for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association from 2000 to 2008. Her private practice focuses on program development, and intervention in prevention and wellness.
Dr. Lamb's clinical practice spans from school-based pediatrics, acute care, and geriatrics. She has served as an Outpatient Coordinator with Brookdale Senior Living, managing the outpatient therapy clinics and home health rehabilitation services in assisted living and independent living communities in the Denver, CO area.
In 2012, Dr. Lamb was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows, an award recognizing occupational therapists who, with their knowledge and expertise, have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association. In 2011, she received the Lindy Boggs advocacy award from AOTA for her leadership in advocacy and political action in support of the profession of occupational therapy. Therapy Times included her on their Most Influential list of 2007 for her contributions at the state and federal levels in advocacy and health policy development.
Dr. Lamb volunteers to help occupational therapy professionals understand the policy agenda of the Association and the role health care professionals play in advocacy. She works with AOTA staff to organize grassroots, educate Association members on policy, and spends time on Capitol Hill with members of Congress to meet the needs of the Association.
Dr. Lamb speaks regularly to groups on health care policy issues affecting occupational therapy practice and provides participants with practical ways to get involved in the process and make their voices heard. She currently resides outside of Dexter, MI, with her husband Nathan and their two children, Gabby and Josh.