In addition to creating a caregiver training program that used this teaching approach, Dr. Ryan began research to understand and explain why it works. Through this work, she has created a treatment approach based on the latest neuroscience and psychophysics research worldwide.
She has taught Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy students at University of Tennessee Chattanooga, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, and Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant students at Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, and Roane State Community Colleges.
Dr. Ryan began supervision of occupational therapy student affiliates in 1985. Since then, she has supervised student affiliates in multiple states and served as the Distance Education Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Roane State Community College from 2013 to 2015. She offers student internships at no cost to the student intern or the educational program of which they are affiliated. A limited number of internship-community work exchanges are available for practicing therapists to train in the Human Systems Occupational Therapy Approach within a multisensory environment. American Association of Multisensory Environment is the sponsor for all group training options. Details are available by calling (423) 280-9293.
When Dr. Ryan became a Certified Human Systems Dynamics Associate in 2008, she began to view human system patterns through the eyes of an occupational scientist. Since occupational patterns develop through modeling, the importance of Gentle Teaching in the education of all caregivers, mentors, and health care practitioners became evident. The importance of leaders and teachers learning how to shift our own behavior to set system-wide expectations for the creation of a gentler health care system and culture became apparent. Dr. Ryan has promoted this form of health care practice and training ever since.