Dr. Anita Bundy rejoined the occupational therapy faculty at Colorado State University in January 2016 after spending 13 years at the University of Sydney in Australia. Much of Dr. Bundy’s research focuses on children’s play and “risk reframing.” While at the University of Sydney she became involved in boosting kids’ activity levels and social negotiation skills through play. Her research team made playground equipment from recycled materials such as hay bales, old tires, milk crates and Styrofoam coolers filled with sand and observed how the objects affected children’s physical activity and social interaction. The Sydney Playground Project is now an integral part of some Sydney schools.
Dr. Bundy has published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, British Journal of Occupational Therapy and Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. She is co-editor of Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach and Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice. In addition, together with PhD students who are experienced in driver rehabilitation, she co-developed the DriveSafe Drive Aware application, an assessment tool for screening older drivers and drivers with cognitive limitations for their fitness to drive.
Dr. Bundy has been acknowledged through numerous teaching and scholar awards, including admission to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Academy of Research and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows.