Associate Professor, Clinical
Assistant Director of Academic Affairs

Division of Occupational Therapy
Office of Academic Affairs

443 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210


Professional Areas of Interest

  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Outreach


Dr. Weaver has a background in special education and rehabilitation sciences. She is clinically trained as an occupational therapist and specializes in mental health and developmental pediatrics. Her scholarship has centered on improving and providing evidence-based care that maximizes protective factors and facilitates personal growth among youth. She has current interests in supporting and developing work focused on curriculum development, teaching and learning, student support, and outreach. 

Recent Publications

Weaver, LL. & Dynia, J., Klatt, M. (2023). Yoga for anxiety. In S. Khalsa, S. Telles, & C. Cook-Cottone (Ed.) Principles and Practice of Yoga for Children and Adolescents. Scotland, UK: Handspring Publishing.

Gilmore, D., Krantz, M., Weaver, L., & Hand, B. N. (2022). Healthcare service use patterns among autistic adults: A systematic review with narrative synthesis. Autism, 26(2), 317-331. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211060906

Braun, A. Portner, J., Xu, M., Weaver, L., Pratt, K., Darragh, A., Spees, C. (2023). Preliminary Support for the Use of Motivational Interviewing to Improve Parent/Adult Caregiver Behavior for Obesity and Cancer Prevention, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Disease Prevention section. 

McKim, M., Weaver, LL, & Sternberg, M. (2021). Prevalent Mental Health Challenges of Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Role and Value. American Occupational Therapy Association Continuing Education Article. (Invited). https://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Publications/CE-Articles/CEA_June_2021.pdf

Recent Presentations

Bollinger, C., Weaver, LL., & George, E. (2023). Inclusive Teaching. Workshop in the Summer 2023 Faculty Advancement, Mentoring, and Engagement (FAME) Faculty Development Programs, Ohio State University College of Medicine. 

Weaver, LL. Applying Trauma Informed Approaches in Occupational Therapy (2023). Presented to Johns Hopkins Occupational Therapy, Baltimore, MA. 

Weaver, LL, Salhi, L., Luna, L., Houk, J. (2021). Building Community and Promoting Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through a Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity Chapter. Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Columbus, Ohio.

Weaver, L. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2022). Preconference Workshop at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.  

Tyminski, Q., Weaver, L, & Lambdin-Pattavina, C. (2021).MHSIS Presents: Finding and Creating Mental Health Jobs: A series of case studies. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. 



Awards and Honors

  • 2023 - Faculty Fellow, The Ohio State University Office of Academic Affairs
  • 2020 - Invited Co-Editor for a special issue of American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2019 - School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Teaching Award


  • PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University 
  • MOT, Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University 
  • BS, Special Education, The Ohio State University 

My Research Links

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