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News Archive for 2014

Fourth Edition of Baum Book Published

12/23/2014

“Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation, and Well-Being, Fourth Edition,” is a comprehensive occupational therapy text that introduces readers to core knowledge in the profession and the foundations of practice—the occupations, person factors, and environment factors that support performance, participation, and ... More »


Stark Co-authors Chapter in Book

12/22/2014

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L , co-authored a chapter with Jon Sanford, M. Arch, in the recently published book, “International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions (Second Edition).” The chapter explores using Universal Design as an intervention to improve work and community participation outcomes. It is available ... More »


Wolf Book Published

12/10/2014

Timothy Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L , edited the recently published book, “Stroke: Interventions to Support Occupational Performance: Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Series, Volume II.” This self-paced clinical course/textbook for advanced-level students and practitioners provides current information on evidence-based ... More »


Student Spotlight: Alison Scarpa, MSOT/S '15

12/1/2014

Alison Scarpa, MSOT/S '15, Gurnee, IL What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? A particularly unique attribute of the WUOT program is its fieldwork database, containing clinical opportunities at more than 500 different sites across the United ... More »


Wolf to Receive Roster of Fellows Award

11/10/2014

Congratulations to Timothy Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, who will  receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows Award at the AOTA’s 95th Annual Conference & Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. The purpose of the Roster of Fellows is to recognize occupational therapists who have ... More »


2014 Paraquad Shine the Light Award honoree

11/7/2014

The Program in Occupational Therapy was selected as a 2014 Paraquad Shine the Light Award honoree for our ongoing commitment to accessibility for our team members, students, and the community. We were nominated by Kerri Morgan, MSOT, OTR/L, ATP , ... More »



International Research Team Examines Cross-cultural Issues in Stroke

11/4/2014

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health is developing a Global Aging Initiative with the McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner institutions. The Friedman Center for Aging has funded ten proposals to support collaborations that will advance cross-national research and education on older ... More »


Student Spotlight: Salma Hussain, OTD/S '16

11/4/2014

Salma Hussain, OTD/S '16, Kansas City, MO What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? One of the biggest advantages that WUOT offers is the diversity of opportunities. Students can choose from more than a dozen research labs ... More »


Welcoming Jamie Archer to Community Practice

11/2/2014

We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Archer to the Community Practice team. Jamie, who started with us on October 13th, will be providing services for the adult populations, with a specific emphasis in program development. Here, she will be instrumental in ... More »


Collaborating Across Time

10/28/2014

Modern scientific research has evolved into a complex, multi-faceted process in which collaboration is key. For Karl V. Schultz, PhD, that desire to find a research collaborator reached beyond his lifetime when he made his son, Gordon Burkhart-Schultz, the Successor Trustee Executor of his estate. “Suddenly, I ... More »


Student Spotlight: Gillian Vander Tuig, MSOT/S '15

10/27/2014

Gillian Vander Tuig, MSOT/S '15, Silver Spring, MD What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? I came to WUOT as part of the 3-2 program with Calvin College. I really liked that WUOT has an opportunity for ... More »


Meet first-year student Justin Ryckman, OTD/S '17

10/23/2014

Justin Ryckman, OTD/S '17, from Wildwood, MO Why did you choose WUOT? I chose WUOT for many reasons. First off, Washington University in St. Louis is very prestigious and they provide the best education in and out of the classroom. I knew ... More »


Meet first-year student Daniel Spence, MSOT/S '16

10/23/2014

Daniel Spence, MSOT/S '16, from Columbia, SC Why did you choose WUOT? Deciding which program to attend was difficult and there were several factors for consideration. In the end, I chose the OT program at WUSM because I was confident that by earning ... More »


Meet first-year student Sam Talisman, MSOT/S '16

10/23/2014

Sam Talisman, MSOT/S '16, from Bethesda, MD What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree? I knew that I wanted to help heal people and wanted to do something that would put a smile on people’s ... More »


Meet first-year student Brent Walter, OTD/S '17

10/23/2014

Brent Walter, OTD/S '17, from Carey, IL Why did you choose WUOT? I chose WUOT because it is an awesome, historical program that leads the field of OT. What brought you to OT and what do you want to do ... More »


Meet first-year student Niraj Shah, MSOT/S '16

10/23/2014

Niraj Shah, MSOT/S '16, from Westerville, OH Why did you choose WUOT? I chose this program because it allows students to have so many different options regarding where to do a fieldwork or what to do your research in. This school does ... More »


Meet first-year student Chris Enke, MSOT/S '16

10/23/2014

Chris Enke, MSOT/S '16, from Omaha, NE Why did you choose WUOT? I chose WUOT for its long-standing reputation among the top occupational therapy programs in the nation, the distinguished faculty, and the research-oriented education. Why did you choose ... More »


Meet first-year student Koob Moua, MSOT/S '16

10/22/2014

Koob Moua, MSOT/S '16, from Sacramento, CA What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree? After seeing how much my grandmother was negatively affected by her stroke, I developed a burning passion for occupational therapy. ... More »


Meet first-year student Aaron Murray, MSOT/S '16

10/22/2014

Aaron Murray, MSOT/S '16, from St. Louis, MO Why did you choose WUOT? I was volunteering at Paraquad’s fitness center and Melissa Smith (WUOT Alumni) said I would be an amazing OT one day. So she helped me with my decision ... More »


Meet first-year student Ryan Porritt, MSOT/S '16

10/22/2014

Ryan Porritt, MSOT/S '16, North Las Vegas, NV Why did you choose WUOT? I chose WUOT because I knew I would receive an exceptional education that will open doors for my future career. What brought you to OT and ... More »


Meet first-year student Jacob Rosen, MSOT/S '16

10/22/2014

Meet first-year student Jacob Rosen, MSOT/S '16, from Seattle WA Why did you choose WUOT? Washington University was an easy choice for a number of reasons. I was seeking a top tier program in order to attain the best and most current ... More »


Meet first-year student Micah Brown, MSOT/S '16

10/20/2014

Micah Brown, MSOT/S '16, from Indianapolis, IN Why did you choose WUOT? The program has an outstanding reputation, and it gives you the opportunity to choose between the MSOT and OTD degrees. What brought you to OT and ... More »


Meet first-year student Eddie Diemer, MSOT/S '16

10/20/2014

Eddie Diemer, MSOT/S '16, from Cedar Falls, IA Why did you choose WUOT? I chose Washington University because of its academic excellence and the research opportunities that I will have the ability to be a part of. Why did ... More »


Meet first-year student Michael Gerszewski, OTD/S '17

10/20/2014

Michael Gerszewski, OTD/S '17, from Minneapolis, MN Why did you choose WUOT? It’s a strongly rated program and curriculum based on working in groups, which is necessary when collaborating with other health professionals. What do you like best about your classmates? ... More »


Meet first-year student Caleb Krenk, MSOT/S '16

10/20/2014

Caleb Krenk, MSOT/S '16, from Seward, NE Why did you choose WUOT? I thought WUOT gave me the best opportunity to get the most out of graduate school and would set me up the best to get a good job and that ... More »


Meet first-year student Max Lustick, MSOT/S '16

10/20/2014

Max Lustick, MSOT/S '16, from St. Louis, MO  Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc.) I chose the MSOT degree because I want to focus on clinical work rather than research or teaching. I can complete the program ... More »


WUOT Students Partner with the Turner Center for the Arts

10/17/2014

“The Turner Center for the Arts is such an amazing resource for the community. It’s a place where people with disabilities are encouraged to use their imagination without limitations and are free to find their creative voice,” says Ryan Sims, OTD/S ’14. Sims is currently doing ... More »


Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Home Modifications accepted to NGC website

10/13/2014

Carol Siebert, MS, OTR/L FAOTA, Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, MSOT ‘96, OTR/L, and Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (pictured right), have authored a publication titled, “Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Home Modifications.” In September, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) submitted the publication to ... More »


Developing a Fall Prevention Website for Residential Construction

10/10/2014

Seeing a need and finding a solution is at the very core of occupational therapy. For Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, the need was apparent the moment she reviewed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance Document for Residential Construction. “When OSHA changed ... More »


Kids, treats, costumes, and fun!

10/6/2014

On Saturday, October 25th , members of the community are invited to stop by the Program in Occupational Therapy to participate in a family-friendly, fun, festive, not-so-spooky, safe trick-or-treat event!    The program will feature creative activities for kids, trick-or-treating, kid-friendly ... More »


Student Spotlight: Celine Dammond, OTD/S '16

9/19/2014

Celine Dammond, OTD/S '16, Anchorage, AK What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? WUOT offers me the opportunity to learn from people who are changing OT. Every time I open the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, ... More »


Student Spotlight: Taylor Guthrie, MSOT/S '15

8/1/2014

Taylor Guthrie, MSOT/S , '15, Springdale, AR What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? This is a hard question for me to answer because I don’t really have one. When looking at schools to attend, I was ... More »


Gronski Appointed to the Commission on Practice

7/24/2014

Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L , has been appointed to the Commission on Practice (COP) of the AOTA Representative Assembly (RA). The COP serves AOTA by promoting the quality of occupational therapy practice and developing practice standards for occupational therapists and occupational therapy ... More »




Bringing a New Vision to the Community Practice Program

7/1/2014

Last fall, Pat Nellis, MBA, OTR/L, joined the Program as clinic administrator for Community Practice. If she looks familiar, however, that’s because she is. Long before she officially joined the team, Nellis has been a recognizable face in the Program. As the director of rehabilitation services ... More »


Next Steps for Community Practice

7/1/2014

As Pat Nellis, MBA, OTR/L, works to advance her vision for Community Practice, she’s pairing it with new team members, targeted tactics, and attainable goals to create a powerful strategic plan to best position the Practice for future growth and success. Like every good strategic plan, Nellis’ ... More »


Welcome Back, Class of 1964!

7/1/2014

The Washington University Occupational Therapy Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th reunion this past May. Five alumna – Susan Gore Ahmad, Linnea “Cookie” Atkins Kotz, Mickey Schandler Grossman, Ellen Heisterkamp Healy and Eleanor Quinn Hingtgen – traveled back to the medical school campus from their home states of ... More »


Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Mohler, MSOT ’90, OTR/L

7/1/2014

For Rebecca Mohler, MSOT ’90, OTR/L, her passion has always been to serve individuals with special needs. Mohler started volunteering in the resource room at her elementary school in the third grade. In high school, she volunteered for the Red Cross and the Special Olympics. She attended Capital ... More »


Student News: Hearts in Motion in Guatemala

7/1/2014

In March, two occupational therapists and 16 students from the Program in Occupational Therapy spent a week in Guatemala for the fifth annual service learning trip. Months of planning went into the trip, including member selection, fundraising and a three-hour Spanish class every Wednesday. Working with Hearts in ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Odochi Nwabara, OTD/S ‘15

6/18/2014

Odochi Nwabara, OTD/S '15 Clinical Research Track: Occupational Therapy NICU Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT for my occupational therapy education due to the vast amount of opportunities ... More »


Program Faculty, Alumni and Students to Present at WFOT in Yokahama, Japan

6/15/2014

The 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) will be held in collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo in Yokohama, Japan on June 18-21, 2014. The theme of the Congress is 'Sharing Traditions, Creating Futures.' The Congress, held once every ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Work Participation Laboratory

6/13/2014

Annaliese Boot, MSOT ’14, Danielle Wojtkiewicz, MSOT ’14, and Katherine Wycoff, MSOT ’14 Clinical Research Track: Work Participation Laboratory Why did you choose the clinical research track option for your ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Ashley Housten, OTD/S ’14, and MSCI, ‘14

5/30/2014

Ashley Housten, OTD ’14, and MSCI, ‘14 Clinical Research Track: Child Health and Educational Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I moved to St. Louis and started working ... More »


Watch the Program Commencement 2014 on YouTube

5/28/2014

T he Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement 2014 Ceremony   More »



Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Rebecca Simon, MSOT/S ‘14

5/15/2014

Rebecca Simon, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical/Community Track: Low Vision Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? When I was looking at different occupational therapy programs, I particularly enjoyed my visit to WUOT. I ... More »


Watch a Live Stream of Program Commencement 2014 on May 16

5/13/2014

Beginning at 12:55 p.m. CST on Friday, May 16, guests may watch a live-stream of the Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement 2014 ceremony via YouTube. You can watch on this page below or directly on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1oLgHKJ . ... More »


Commencement 2014

5/7/2014

The Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement Ceremony will be held in Graham Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on May 16, 2014. Commencement Speaker Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Sarah Kay Hendred, MSOT/S '14

5/6/2014

Sarah Kay Hendred, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical Research Track: Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT because it impressed me in two main areas. ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Gina Spiewak, MSOT/S ‘14

5/6/2014

Gina Spiewak, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical Research Track: Disability and Community Participation Research Office Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT because I was interested in the breadth of the education that I knew ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Yvon Cobian, MSOT/S '15

5/6/2014

Yvon Cobian, MSOT/S '15, shares her clinical research track experiences in the Performance, Participation and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. More »


OT Scholarship Day 2014 Registration Open

4/14/2014

6th Annual Occupational Therapy Scholarship Day  Friday, April 25, 2014 Eric P. Newman Education Center  320 S. Euclid Ave  Registration and Refreshments: 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome from Dr. Carolyn Baum: 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Danny Tonty, MSOT/S ‘14

4/9/2014

Danny Tonty, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical/Community Track: Angel Baked Cookies Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I applied at WUOT because it is one of the top ranked OT schools in the country and is strongly affiliated with AOTA. WUOT ... More »


Student Spotlight: Linda Morton, MSOT/S '14

3/28/2014

Linda Morton, MSOT/S '14, Gretna, NE What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? Because of my research background, I greatly appreciate the Program’s emphasis on evidence-based practice. The Program seems to value and promote student participation in ... More »


Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy

3/26/2014

Hippotherapy is defined as the use of the movement of a horse as a treatment strategy in the context of occupational, physical or speech/language therapy. Timothy Shurtleff, OTD, OTR/L , an instructor in occupational therapy and neurosurgery in the Program of Occupational Therapy, became involved in equine ... More »


Alumni Spotlight: Matt Dodson, OTD ’06

3/24/2014

Matt Dodson, OTD ’06, continues the work on which the Program was founded by focusing his practice on the occupational therapy needs of service members and veterans today.  More »


Developing Rehabilitation Tools Using Virtual Technology

3/17/2014

“While trying to decide which laboratory to choose, I found myself drawn to the use of video games as therapy that Jack Engsberg, PhD, discussed in class one day. I am a bit of a gamer myself so I knew immediately that was the lab for ... More »


Understanding Stroke Recovery in People with Aphasia

3/10/2014

Understanding the factors that contribute to successful community reintegration of people with aphasia is the goal of the Stroke and Aphasia Recovery Laboratory. Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, who heads the lab, is currently involved in several research projects to better understand barriers and facilitators to participation in ... More »


Berg and Kaskutas to Receive Roster of Fellows Award

3/5/2014

Congratulations to Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L (pictured left), and Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L (pictured right), who will be receiving the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows Award at the AOTA’s 94th Annual Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Md. ... More »


Assistive Technology Class Provides Hands-on, Interactive Lab Experiences

2/28/2014

Students in the “Supporting Participation with Technology and Environmental Interventions” class are learning just how broad the definition of “assistive technology” really is. “We cover all areas of assistive technology, which includes manual and power wheelchairs, scooters, augmentative communication ... More »


ASHT Hand Therapy Review Course – April 11-13

2/11/2014

Washington University School of Medicine is hosting the 2014 American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) Comprehensive Survey of Hand Therapy Review Course April 11-13. The course descriptions and objectives of this three-day event are: Friday, April ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Rhysa Romstad, MSOT/S ‘14

2/10/2014

Rhysa Romstad, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical/Community Track: Beyond the Cure Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT because I knew I wanted to be in a program that would teach me to be an innovative ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Tori Sabatini, MSOT/S ‘14

2/10/2014

Tori Sabatini, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical/Community Track: Health Literacy Missouri Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose to study at WUOT because of the challenging academic program provided by a top-ranked university. WUOT has greatly broadened my view ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Samantha Slutzky, MSOT/S ‘14

2/10/2014

Samantha Slutzky, MSOT/S ‘14 Clinical/Community Track: The Bridge Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose this program at WUOT because of its excellent reputation for education and wonderful faculty. I also appreciated the numerous opportunities for hands-on ... More »


Student Spotlight: Claire Schueler, MSOT/S '14

2/3/2014

Claire Schueler, MSOT/S '14, St. Louis, MO What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? One advantage of WUOT is that the program offers both research and clinical tracks to students during their first semester in the program. Therefore, ... More »


Experiencing Environmental Factors

1/28/2014

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L, who teaches the Environmental Factors Facilitating Performance and Participation class for the Program in Occupational Therapy, starts the Spring semester with a hands-on assignment designed to give first-year students an idea of what daily barriers a client with a disability may face. ... More »


Student Spotlight: Laura McCarty OTD/S '15

1/2/2014

We sat down with Laura McCarty, OTD/S '15, to ask her about her experience with the Program in Occupational Therapy. Laura shares her thoughts on the Program, her decision to pursue the OTD degree, the learning atmosphere, and more! More »

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