Amy Vaughan, OTD, OTR/L, BCP is an Associate Professor and the MSOT Department Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Cox College. Dr. Vaughan began practicing occupational therapy in 1998. She joined the Cox College faculty as a professor in 2015 and became Department Chair in 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas occupational therapy program and of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions occupational therapy post-doctoral program. Her doctoral emphasis focused on occupational therapy education delivery as well as community programming that promotes physical engagement and social participation for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties.
Dr. Vaughan’s clinical expertise is in the area of pediatrics where she became board certified in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2009. She has worked as a pediatric therapist in hospital-based settings, school-based intervention, school team consultation and mediation, community mental health settings, and private practice settings. She helped develop a multi-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment team focused on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and facilitates a number of projects in conjunction with various community partners focused on pediatric research and resource development in Southwest Missouri. In 2014, Dr. Vaughan published her first book, Positively Sensory: a guide to help your child develop positive approaches to learning and cope with sensory processing difficulty. Dr. Vaughan has been recognized by the Springfield Business Journal for both their 40 Under 40 Award and their 20 Most Influential Women in Southwest Missouri Award. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Vaughan is passionate about excellence in service delivery and client-centered care and seeks to foster positivity, leadership, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, and professionalism in the students she serves.