Anne Fisher is Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University, Sweden. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1969; and a master’s in occupational therapy in 1977, and a doctorate in therapeutic science in 1984, both from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston, MA.
Upon graduation in 1969, she worked as therapist at the Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Later, in 1970 she joined the Michigan Department of Public Health, Area Child Amputee Center, Grand Rapids, MI as a rehabilitation therapist. By 1977, Dr. Fisher had clearly defined her career as a professor, researcher, and consultant. As a researcher, she has received funding from the National Institutes of Aging, Swedish Research Council, and American Occupational Therapy Foundation, among others. She serves of several editorial boards, including Journal of Applied Measurement, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Fisher is an internationally recognized expert in occupational therapy theory, functional assessment, and instrument development. Dr. Fisher pioneered the use of Rasch analysis in occupational therapy and is now recognized internationally for her expertise in Rasch measurement. She developed the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), and is co-developer of the School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS) and the Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI). The AMPS is an innovative, occupational therapy specific functional assessment used to test children, adults, and older persons who are experiencing or are at risk for problems with performance of self care or home maintenance activities of daily living. The AMPS is now standardized on more than 150,000 people for use in more than 25 countries in North America, Scandinavia, Europe, Australasia, Asia, and the Middle East. The School AMPS is based on the AMPS methodology and provides the occupational therapist with the only existing observational assessment of a student’s ability to perform schoolwork tasks assigned by the teacher, and performed within the student’s natural classroom milieu. The Evaluation of Social Interaction is used to evaluate the quality of social interactions of persons 2 years of age or older, when engaging in natural social exchanges, with typical partners, in natural settings.
Dr. Fisher has published more than 100 articles in refereed professional journals and more than 30 books or books chapters. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation; and she was awarded the A. Jean Ayres Award in 1991 in recognition of her efforts refining and synthesizing the theories of sensory integration and the Model of Human Occupation, for excellence in teaching, and for innovative research in measurement and functional assessment. She was the 1997 recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship for distinguished contributions to theory and functional assessment. In her 1998 Slagle lecture, Dr. Fisher first introduced the Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model, a professional reasoning model that enables occupational therapists to implement client-centered, occupation-based and true top-down assessment and intervention. In November 2000, Dr. Fisher was awarded an honorary doctorate (hedersdoktor) from Umeå University, Sweden, and is the first occupational therapist ever to have been so honored by that institution. In 2001, she was named University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, an honor bestowed on only 10 faculty who have made significant national and international contributions to their profession. She is currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, after living 10 years in Sweden, but she continues to work part time as a Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy in Umeå, Sweden.