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 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: applying a disability studies approach to theological education, how the experience of disability challenges the medical industrial complex, 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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