Sarah Jean Barton
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics
B.S. (Seattle Pacific University)
M.S. in Occupational Therapy (Boston University)
M.T.S. and Th.D. (Duke University).
Dr. Barton focuses her scholarly work in theological ethics, with special attention to disability, liturgy, and pastoral care. Her research engages qualitative and participatory methodologies to partner with under-represented populations in theological scholarship, particularly people with intellectual disabilities. Barton has a joint faculty appointment with Duke University School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where she works in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division. She is an occupational therapist with a current board-certification in pediatrics. Barton presents, lectures, and publishes across multiple disciplinary contexts, including Christian ethics and theology, disability studies, inclusive education, and occupational therapy. Her first book, Becoming the Baptized Body: Disability and the Practice of Christian Community, is forthcoming with Baylor University Press in August 2022.