Shawn Phipps Chief Quality Officer & Associate Hospital Administrator at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
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TEDxAlmansorPark Speaker



TEDxAlmansorPark 2019 Speaker | Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA


Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity Following Traumatic Brain Injury: The CAPE Recovery Model


Dr. Shawn Phipps shares the inspirational story of the challenges and triumphs of a patient who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident. The power of Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity is described using the CAPE Recovery Model, which requires challenge, action, practice, and evaluation to build new pathways in the brain through the ordinary and extraordinary activities of daily life that support recovery so that individuals with traumatic brain injury and other disorders of the brain can live life to its fullest. You will experience laughter, tears, and joy as you hear the effect of Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity in supporting recovery and beyond after a life-changing injury to the brain.


Dr. Shawn Phipps is the Chief Quality Officer and Associate Hospital Administrator at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where he has served for over 22 years as an Occupational Therapy practitioner, clinical specialist, supervisor, manager, and chief. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, the Institutional Review Board, and a Principal Investigator with the Rancho Research Institute. Dr. Phipps is the Past Vice President and Board Director of the American Occupational Therapy Association and currently serves as the California Representative #1 to the AOTA Representative Assembly. He has also served two consecutive elected terms as the President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Dr. Phipps is a member of the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California, San Jose State University, and California State University Dominguez Hills.


He has also published and presented extensively at the state, national, and international level and serves as an Associate Editor for the Occupational Therapy Manager textbook through AOTA Press with additional publications through the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, and Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction. Dr. Phipps was inducted as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) and was a recipient of the AOTA Cordelia Myers Writer’s Award, the OTAC Practice Award, the OTAC Award of Excellence and the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership, Management, and Administration.