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 has been a member of the occupational therapy community for most of his adult life, beginning training as an occupational therapy assistant in his teenage years and later completing his occupational therapist education. Dr. Arthur's many years of clinical practice have primarily focused on improving independence and quality of life for aging adults with chronic conditions. His favorite aspect of healthcare education is enabling the powerful transformation from student to clinician.

Open office hours: Monday, Thursday, & Friday 12-1 & 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 the clinical management chronic conditions and caregiver well-being. He has also been active in student and provider competency assessment with important roles in projects with American Occupational Therapy Association, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and the US Army Reserves.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Arthur, P. (2021). Review of the book Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction, by D. P. Dirette
and S. Gutman. Occupational Therapy in Health Care. doi:

Mueller, E. M., Arthur, P., Ivy, M., Pryor, L., Armstead, A., Li, C. Y. (2021). Addressing the gap: Occupational therapy in hospice care. Occupational Therapy in Health Care. doi:

Arthur, P. (2021, May). Neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: Management and implications for occupational therapy practice. Platform presentation completed at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association’s Spring Conference.

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.

Arthur, P., & Piazza, R. (2020, November). Are they qualified? Examining the perceived competence of healthcare professionals to mentor doctoral capstone experiences. Platform presentation completed at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Education Summit, Online.

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

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., & 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.

Arthur, P., Gitlin, L. N., & Mann, W. C. (2017). Digging in: Which dementia symptoms are most burdensome to caregivers [Abstract]? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.71S1-PO5159

Arthur, P. (2015). Transition and progress of community-based programs: An ESPO International Task Force Symposium [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 55, 297.

Arthur, P. B., Gitlin, L. N., & Mann, W. C. (2014). Addressing attrition: A hindering aspect of dementia caregiving trials [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 54, 45.

Winter, S., Arthur, P., Mann, W., & Gitlin, L. (2014). Tailored activity program: Supporting caregivers and addressing challenging behaviors in veterans with dementia [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 54, 279.

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.

Arthur, P., & Mann, W. (2013). A question of safety: Hazards of in-home data collection [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 53, 478-479.

Arthur, P., Mann, W., & Gitlin, L. N. (2013). Staying blind in a colorful world: Minimizing collection bias in trials with intensive interventions [Abstract]. The Gerontologist, 53, 182.

Professional Organizations

American Occupational Therapy Association

        Director, Board of Directors, 2018-2021

Indiana Occupational Therapy Association

  • © 2021 University of Southern Indiana
  • 8600 University Blvd.
  • Evansville, IN 47712
  • 812/464-8600
Send Email to