Dr. Yvette Hachtel, professor of occupational therapy at Belmont University, has been selected the chair-elect of the Ethics Commission of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) following a national vote by the organization’s membership. The Ethics Commission is one of the bodies of the representative assembly of the AOTA and is responsible for developing the ethics standards for the profession which apply to occupational therapy (OT) personnel at all levels and in all professional and societal roles.
Dr. Hachtel is a registered and licensed occupational therapist and earned a law degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1993. A member of AOTA for more than 30 years, Dr. Hachtel is currently serving her second term as a member of the Ethics Commission’s Disciplinary Council Board. Throughout her career, she has been involved with professional activities at the state and national level that serve to ensure the competency and ethical practice of practitioners at all levels. Dr. Hachtel has taught ethics at the graduate level and served as a consultant to the Tennessee OT Licensure Board for nearly 15 years. She is a General Civil Mediator for the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. From 1994 to 1997, she served as secretary of the Maine OT Practice Board. Her legal background has provided extensive training and experience as a mediator.
“This is a significant professional accomplishment for Dr. Hachtel,” said Dr. Scott McPhee, associate dean in the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing and chair of the School of Occupational Therapy in extending congratulations. “We’re extremely happy that she has been recognized for this important role and are confident she will excel in this new responsibility and represent Belmont in exemplary fashion.” Dr. Hachtel will assume duties as Chair-elect later this spring.