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 Director of the Clinical Education team in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University since 2006. She is also the coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Gerontology Residency. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical education courses, elders course for the summer China student program, and an elective on spirituality in occupational therapy practice. She has specialty certifications in CarFit, Memories in the Making, and Dementia Capable Care.

Education

  • Creighton University, OTD 2007
  • College of Saint Mary, BS OT 2001

Certifications

CarFit, Dementia Capable Care, Memories in the Making

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

Presentations

  • 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

  • Dementia, Creative Occupations, Spirituality, Clinical Education

Current Research Projects

  • Spirituality in occupational therapy education, Aging in the Workforce, Psychosocial Aspects of Transitioning from Home to Assisted Living centers.

Grant Funding Received

  • AEA Grant "Assessment of a Novel Leadership Skill Development Assignment"

Awards and Honors

  • CarFit Superstar Award, National CarFit Program , 2015
  • Volunteer Service Award, Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, 2014
  • Educator of the Year Award (2012), Occupational Therapy Class of 2012, 2012
  • Educator of the Year Award (2011), Occupational Therapy Class of 2011, 2011