Sarah Jean Barton
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division
Duke Divinity School

I hold a dual appointment in the School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School. My primary areas of scholarship include Christian theology and ethics, disability studies, spirituality, and occupational therapy. I focus on participatory research methodologies in partnership with people experiencing intellectual disabilities.

My current work includes final revisions of a book-length manuscript related to my participatory research on Christian theologies and practices of baptism in partnership with individuals experiencing intellectual disability. I am also conducting data analysis of interviews from a pilot study on the experiences of students with disabilities and chronic health conditions in health professions education programs. Finally, I am authoring several essay-length pieces on the following subjects: how the experience of disability challenges the medical industrial complex, a theological bioethics approach to issues of women's chronic pain, and the current state of engaging participatory methodologies within occupational therapy and occupational science.


Doctor of Theology
Dissertation: “Becoming the Baptized Body: Disability, Baptism, and the Practice of Christian Community”
Certificate in Reflective and Faithful Teaching
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2014 - 2019 

Master of Theological Studies
summa cum laude , Certificate in Anglican Studies
Thesis: “Toward Human Flourishing: Theological Perspectives in Occupational Therapy”
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2012-2014

Master of Science
Occupational Therapy, Pi Theta Epsilon
Boston University (Boston, MA, USA), 2009-2012

Bachelor of Science
magna cum laude , Biology
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA, USA), 2005-2009

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