University of Southern Indiana

Paul Arthur

Paul Arthur

Chair, Occupational Therapy Program
Occupational Therapy Program

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program

Stone Family Center for Health Sciences - 3047


Dr. Arthur began his training as an occupational therapy assistant at the age of 19 and later completed his occupational therapist education. As a combat veteran, he has a fortunate history working with service members and veterans. His favorite part of healthcare education is seeing the transformation of student to clinician.

Accepts office hours by appointment

Education & Certifications

Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, 2016, University of Florida

M.S., Gerontology, 2011, University of Indianapolis

MOT, Occupational Therapy, 2011, University of Indianapolis

B.S., Psychology, 2007, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Certificate, Occupational Therapy Assistant, 2003, US Army Medical Department Center and School


Dr. Arthur’s primary research interests are in dementia symptom management and in assessment of student and provider competency.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Arthur, P., & Trotman, T. (2020). The occupational therapy assistant. In K. M. Matuska (Ed.), Ways of living: Intervention strategies to enable participation, 5th Ed. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Li, C. Y., Arthur, P. B., Hong, I., & Velozo, C. A. (2019). Piloting an empirical approach to link the international classification of functioning, disability, and health to job demand classification. Work, 1-9. doi: 10.3233/WOR-193034

Arthur, P. (2019, April). What finances may tell us about caregiver burden: Following the money. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Associations Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Arthur, P. (2018). Informal caregiving for persons with chronic conditions: Trends and considerations. Advances in Aging Research, 7(04), 78. doi: 10.4236/aar.2018.74007 

Arthur, P. (2018). Caregiving in Alzheimer’s disease: Research designs & considerations. Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease, 7, 36-49. doi: 10.4236/aad.2018.72003

Arthur, P., Gitlin, L. N., Kairalla, J. & Mann, W. C. (2017). Relationship between the number of behavioral symptoms in dementia and caregiver distress: What is the tipping point? International Psychogeriatrics, 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S104161021700237X

Gitlin, L. N., Arthur, P., Piersol, C., Hessels, V., Wu, S., Dai, Y., & Mann, W. C. (2017). Targeting behavioral symptoms and functional decline in dementia: A randomized clinical trial.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(2), 339-345. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15194

Arthur, P., & Kreider, C. (2017, June). Engaging stakeholders in research and evaluation: Challenges and opportunities. Roundtable Presented at the 6th Annual OT Summit of Scholars, Boston, MA.

Sheridan, S., Schrandt, S., Forsythe, L., Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement (2013 Inaugural Panel), Hilliard, T., & Paez, K. (2017). The PCORI engagement rubric: Promising practices for partnering in research. Annals of Family Medicine, 17(2). doi: 101370/afm.2042

Arthur, P., & Decleene, K. (2014). Behavioral health competence: An exploration of army reserve occupational therapists. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 30, 69-89. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2014.878531

Gitlin, L. N, Mann, W. C., Vogel, W. B., & Arthur, P. (2013). A Non-pharmacologic approach to address challenging behaviors of Veterans with dementia: Description of the tailored activity program-VA randomized trial. BMC Geriatrics, 13(96). doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-13-96

Arthur, P. (2013). Musculoskeletal impairments. In AOTA Online Test Prep Course. Bethesda, MD:  AOTA Press. 

Arthur, P. (2013). Neurologic Impairments. In AOTA Online Test Prep Course. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Professional Organizations

American Occupational Therapy Association

Indiana Occupational Therapy Association

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