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Ruth S. Farber

Ruth Farber

Associate Professor Emerita


407 Jones Hall


Ruth S. Farber, MSW, PhD, OTR/L received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Temple University and her MSW from University of Pennsylvania, specializing in family studies, with clinical training at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Her PhD is in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and her doctoral dissertation was entitled: Career Orientation, Personality and Attitudinal Characteristics of Women in Three Family Life Cycle Groups. Dr. Farber, taught in the Masters in Occupational Therapy Program for over 20 years, and the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DOT) Program,and recently was became an emeritus faculty.  She taught courses regarding the psycho-social aspects of disabilities within an individual developmental and family systems perspective, as well as teaching and mentoring research. Dr. Farber currently teaches in the online DOT program.

Dr. Farber was selected for the Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Synchronous Learning, from the National University Telecommunications Network (2010). This award was based on her work entitled "National and International Models Serving People with Disabilities: Teaching Occupational Therapy Theory Using Distance Education" as a part of her teaching in the DOT Program.

Dr. Farber has been on the Mayor's Commission for People with Disabilities (since 2001) on the Arts and Culture sub-committee, and has studied access and barriers to arts and cultural venues for people with disabilities. Her students participated in the Independence Starts Here: Festival of Disability Arts and Culture Mural. She was appointed to the Editorial Review Board for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (1999-2001) and re-appointed (2003-2006)(2007-2012) and as a reviewer (2013).

Dr. Farber’s current research lab entitled "Disability & Chronic Illness:  Women's' Health, Wellbeing and Participation"  reflects the range of her interest, publications and presentations.  Within the theoretical context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF, WHO, 2001) and Positive Psychology, she studies the inter-relationship of role and parental participation, health, well-being and social support of mothers with multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injury. For further information about this lab or her studies, contact  rfarber@temple.edu. Another area she is examining is the relationship of health promoting behaviors, participation and health-related quality of life in women with MS.  All in all, Dr. Farber is interested in helping individuals with chronic illness and disability participate and engage in life as fully as possible, as well as promoting well-being and positive functioning.