Sarah Jean Barton, ThD, MTS, MS

is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics. Dr. Barton holds a dual appointment at Duke University School of Medicine in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as at Duke Divinity School. Her research focuses on questions at the intersections of theology and disability, bioethics, and liturgy. Dr. Barton’s research methodology prioritizes collaborative and participatory research in partnership with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has published and presented in a wide variety of interdisciplinary settings on issues related to Christian theology and ethics, intellectual disability, spirituality, disability studies, and occupational therapy. In addition to her academic appointment, Dr. Barton works at Duke Health as an occupational therapist with a board certification in pediatrics. She also serves as a lay leader in The Episcopal Church and is a current fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation.