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Ryan Lavalley

Ryan Lavalley is not currently accepting clients, but would like to connect with fellow OT professionals.


I'm interested in bringing the skills of occupational therapy and the power of everyday living to communities and social transformation.


Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science and the Primary Lead for the Community Practice Lab in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Lavalley has nearly 10 years of experience in community practice. Broadly, his practice and research sits at the intersections of aging, housing, and anti-oppression. In community, he has experience conducting research, community program development, coalition building, and program evaluation in partnership with multiple partners including non-profits, local governments, and community institutions. His research has explored collective processes of everyday life and the sociological implications of doing together in community, including both positive outcomes such as language inclusion and negative outcomes such as racism.

Further, Dr. Lavalley is an active member of the occupational science and occupational therapy community. He is currently the Interim Chair for the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD). He also hosts a smart, driven, and fabulous podcast called Dr. thOTs with his colleague and good judy Dr. Khalilah Johnson. Previously, he has served as the Research Chair for the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, a coordinating member of the International Social Transformation through Occupation Network, and the Chair of Operations for COTAD National.  Personally, Dr. Lavalley is proudly queer and unapologetically political. He originally hails from West Virginia and enjoys gardening and anything outdoors.


Licensed in: North Carolina

Contact Info

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States


Focus Areas


(in addition to English)
Capstone Mentor

Community Program Development and Evaluation - particularly regarding community practice, aging, housing, and community engagement. I do not accept capstone projects that are research oriented. I only accept one capstone a year.

Profile last updated: March 28, 2024

Listen to Ryan Lavalley on the OT Potential Podcast

  • What is OT in 2024?
  • Anti-racist OT Praxis
  • Racism and Occupation