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News Archive for 2015

Stark to receive 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award


Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, will receive a 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award at a Faculty Recognition Event on Feb. 17, 2016.  The Distinguished Faculty Recognition Awards were established in 2008 to recognize talented faculty at Washington University School of Medicine ... More »

Dallas, Perlmutter and Taff to Receive Roster of Fellows Award


Congratulations to Jeanenne Dallas, MA, OTR/L, Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, and Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, who will receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows Award at the AOTA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition ... More »

Presenting a Contemporary Occupational Performance Approach to Pediatric Self-Regulation


Join us on Friday, Feb. 26 as Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L , and Theresa Henry, MSOT, OTR/L , present a continuing education course on pediatric self-regulation. Self-regulation is a complex issue ... More »

Scholarships: Empowering those with a vision to empower others


Cory Sessions, OTD/S ’18, has always been sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities. In middle school, his physical education class was joined with another class for students with special needs. “It was a great experience being with and learning from those kids. I felt comfortable around ... More »

Investing in the future of occupational therapy


Sven Eliasson, MD, PhD, has been a friend and supporter of the Program in Occupational Therapy and the profession since he came to Washington University in 1964 as an associate professor of neurology. During his long and esteemed career in medicine, Eliasson took a holistic approach ... More »

Rewiring the brain to improve rehabilitation outcomes


Scott Frey, PhD, was just a young child when he first began to think about how science and rehabilitation melded together. “My mother had multiple sclerosis and I grew up going to therapy and neurology appointments with her,” he says. “That sparked an interest in ... More »

The OT can see you now


In October, Jamie Archer, MSOT, OTR/L, will celebrate her one-year anniversary with the Program in Occupational Therapy’s Community Practice . Although she’s a relatively new face on the team, Archer has become the go-to resource for the physicians, staff and patients at the Movement Disorders ... More »

Innovations in stroke care


Following a few changes made during the summer break, the student-run stroke clinic, launched late last year, has more than just a new home beginning this semester; it also has a stronger operational foundation within the Program. Now housed in the new Community Practice clinic located ... More »

Blending form and function


Following a four-month renovation, space on the second floor of the 4444 Forest Park Avenue building was recently re-engineered to create a clinic for Community Practice . The new clinic is designed to treat clients of all ages and is home to a large multipurpose room, ... More »

Overseas exchange


Three students from the Program in Occupational Therapy traveled to Hong Kong in June 2015 to participate in the Summer Overseas Exchange Subsidy Scheme (SOESS). The week-long program is hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the only university ... More »

Celebrating new faces and spaces in OT with an Open House


Please join us as we gather for an Open House to celebrate new faces and spaces within the Program in Occupational Therapy. Monday, October 26 4 to 6 p.m. 4444 Forest Park Ave. Come for one, or join us for both ... More »

Program receives 10-year accreditation


This spring, the Program in Occupational Therapy hosted representatives from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). During their visit, ACOTE representatives met with numerous faculty, partners and students to assess the Program’s master's and doctoral ... More »

Washington University Graduate School Fair - Tuesday, Sept. 22


Representatives from the Program in Occupational Therapy will be on hand to answer your questions from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. about our four graduate degree programs: the master's degree in occupational therapy (MSOT), the doctoral degree in occupational therapy (OTD), the Master of Science in Occupational ... More »

Kaskutas appointed assistant director of the PPOTD degree program


Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor of occupational therapy and medicine at the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, has been appointed assistant director of the post-professional occupational therapy doctoral (PPOTD) degree program. Kaskutas, whose appointment is effective ... More »

Task-Specific Training for Upper Extremity Stroke Rehab


Individualized, progressive, intensive, task-specific training is an essential intervention for upper extremity retraining after a stroke. Achieving this high dose is clinically feasible in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While research has established the feasibility of this evidence-based intervention, implementation into ... More »

Navigating Low Vision and Driving Challenges in Aging Adults


This course will address two key components of productive aging in a community setting. The morning session will focus on providing strategies to minimize barriers for clients who have low vision, while the afternoon will address strengths and limitations of the driving evaluations process and discuss when a ... More »

AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Virtual Fair - August 4-5


The Program in Occupational Therapy is participating in a free Occupational Therapy Education Virtual Fair on August 4-5, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We will be online to answer your questions about our graduate programs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (EST). To ... More »

RESNA recognizes David Gray, PhD, with posthumous Fellow Award


RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, presented its highest award of Honorary Fellow posthumously to David B. Gray, PhD, a professor of occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Gray worked tirelessly on behalf of people with ... More »

Clinical Research Track Experiences: Koob Moua, OTD/S ‘17


Koob Moua, OTD/S ‘17 Clinical Research Track: Health and Disability Research Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I initially chose WUOT for my occupational therapy education because of its ranking in OT education. The ... More »

Remembering Dr. Gray: Celebrating the life and work of David B. Gray, PhD


Author’s note: Initially, I sat down with David B. Gray, PhD, professor of occupational therapy and neurology, to discuss his career and accomplishments as part of our preparations for his upcoming retirement symposium, which was scheduled for the end of this semester. On February 12, however, ... More »

Parenting with disabilities


Carla Walker, OTD ’14, OTR/L, has a vision and a plan for her career, but it doesn’t stop there. Her vision is one that will bring about change and provide foundational support services to parents with disabilities in the St. Louis community. What started ... More »

Developing a fall prevention website


Falls from heights are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. For Vicki Kaskutas, OTD ’08, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, improving worker health and safety through the study and prevention of occupational ... More »

Alumni Spotlight: Adam Pearson, OTD' 11, OTR/L


After being chronically homeless for years, Donald Hamilton is happy to call the Garfield Place Apartments Safe Haven home. “Out there on your own, it’s bad. I’ve been in poverty housing, went from shelter to shelter and have been out on the street. I’ve spent the last ... More »

Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Jordan Ipema, MSOT/S ‘15


Jordan Ipema, MSOT/S '15 Clinical/Community Track: Occupational Performance Center Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT because I knew this was a good program for OT and ... More »

Watch a Live Stream of Program Commencement 2015 on May 15


Beginning at 12:55 p.m. CST on Friday, May 15, guests may watch a live stream of the Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement 2015 ceremony via YouTube. If you are attending commencement, click here for information on the Graham Chapel. There ... More »

New joint degree MSOT/MPH program begins Fall 2015


The health-care professions are adapting, changing and evolving through evidence-based practice, research and technological innovations, and policy reform. In recent years, that adaptation has included broadening the clinical scope to include not only a biomedical view of health, but sociocultural, community and population perspectives as well. ... More »

Clinical Research Track Experiences: Tess Greene, OTD/S ‘15


Tess Greene, OTD/S ‘15 Clinical Research Track: Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I knew that I wanted ... More »

Commencement 2015


The Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement Ceremony will be held in Graham Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on May 15, 2015. Commencement Speaker Nico Dosenbach, MD, PhD Instructor, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Neurology – Washington University School of Medicine ... More »

Student Spotlight: Andrea Bennett, OTD/S '16


Andrea Bennett, OTD/S '16, Miami, FL What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? I think one of the biggest advantages the program offers is the ability to do research. As the field is changing to ... More »

Memorial Symposium for David B. Gray, PhD


Please join us for a memorial symposium as we remember David B. Gray, PhD, and honor his career contributions to community participation. The event will feature addresses by people who have been influential in Dr. Gray’s life, and he in theirs, as they discuss his ... More »

OT Scholarship Day 2015 Registration Open


Please join us for the 7th Annual Occupational Therapy Scholarship Day on Friday, April 24. This annual event fosters professional discussion as our graduating students share their work through both oral and poster presentations, and offers professional development units for participants. The ... More »

Berg receives interdisciplinary team grant from the Office of the Provost


Congratulations to Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA , who was awarded an interdisciplinary team grant for Community-Based Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis . The Office of the Provost recently solicited proposals from faculty for “Bring Your Own Idea” gatherings to facilitate conversations ... More »

King to receive Washington University’s 2015 Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award


Congratulations to Allison King, MD, MPH, who will be one of the seven recipients to receive Washington University’s 2015 Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award. The award recognizes members of the Washington University community who exemplify a character of service and contribution ... More »

Obituary: David B. Gray, professor of occupational therapy and of neurology, 71


David B. Gray, PhD, a professor of occupational therapy who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities, died Thursday, Feb.12, 2015, in St. Louis of an apparent heart attack. He was 71. Gray, who also was a professor of neurology at Washington ... More »

Student Spotlight: Jianna Fernandez, OTD/S '16


Jianna Fernandez, OTD/S '16, St. Louis, MO Why did you choose WUOT? I chose WUOT because I wanted to attend a program where I could learn the most innovative interventions and feel confident in my ability to be an effective therapist upon graduation. ... More »

Continuing education course: Finding the Evidence and Using It! - February 27th


Led by Pat Nellis, MBA, OTR/L and Kim Walker, OTD, OTR/L, this continuing education course will help participants  develop skills for critically appraising and interpreting professional literature necessary for supporting evidence-based clinical practice. Evaluation of evidence will include both qualitative and quantitative ... More »

Student Spotlight: Kelly Taylor, OTD/S '16


Kelly Taylor, OTD/S '16, Murray, KY What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer? WUOT has developed an invaluable network of practitioners, resources, and opportunities that students are able to tap in to, and gain unique volunteer and ... More »

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