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News Archive for 2016


Baum recognized by AOTA and AOTF for her lifetime contributions to profession

12/6/2016

We are proud to announce that Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA , Elias Michael Executive Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy and professor of occupational therapy, of neurology and of social work, was selected to receive two distinguished honors from the American ... More »


Seeking participants for clinical program on adaptive sports and recreation

11/28/2016

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, and Kim Walker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, are recruiting participants for a clinical program funded by a Neilsen Quality of Life grant. The purpose of the program is to increase ... More »


Barco to Receive Roster of Fellows Award

11/3/2016

Congratulations to Peggy Barco, OTD, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, who will receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows Award at AOTA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, Pa. The purpose of the Roster of Fellows is to recognize ... More »


Dr. Jaime Munoz named inaugural speaker for the Voices of Inclusive Health Care Lecture Series

10/26/2016

The Program in Occupational Therapy is proud to welcome Jaime Muñoz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, as the inaugural speaker for the Voices of Inclusive Health Care Lecture Series. This series of annual lectures will focus on the social determinants of health and community health issues which ... More »



Seeing the medical campus through the OT lens

10/18/2016

Environmental barriers impact an individual’s ability to conduct daily life. Knowing there are obstacles ahead can truly impact a person’s willingness and ability to participate. “It comes down to a quality of life issue. Someone with a mobility, vision or hearing impairment shouldn’t have to work so ... More »


Adolescent substance abuse recovery: next steps

10/18/2016

This fall, the Community Practice is launching a new service aimed at providing comprehensive recovery support for adolescents following substance abuse. Theresa Henry, MSOT, OTR/L, a clinical specialist for the practice and 1991 Program alumna, will serve as lead clinician. This new service line is more ... More »


Living for the OT Moment

10/18/2016

As a child, Todd Levy, MSOT ’02, OTR/L, CBIST, wanted to be a veterinarian. “It’s rarely a straightforward path to occupational therapy,” he laughs. “My mother taught kindergarten for 30 years and from time to time, I would help her in the classroom. That had a ... More »


Out and About

10/17/2016

The name “ Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA ” is synonymous with the word “community” in the Program in Occupational Therapy. She teaches the Promoting Population Health through Community Partnerships course to master’s and doctoral students each year, oversees the clinical/community practice course sequence, ... More »


Program partners with Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center

9/20/2016

On November 1, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL) will transition the hand therapy services it currently provides at the Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center to the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University. Under this new structure, this arrangement leverages the expertise of Washington University ... More »





Smallfield joins faculty July 1

6/21/2016

On July 1, the Program in Occupational Therapy will welcome Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, to its faculty as the assistant director of the entry-level doctoral degree program. Smallfield’s position will combine academic coordination activities with teaching responsibilities to create a leadership role that ... More »


AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Virtual Fair - August 3

6/20/2016

The Program in Occupational Therapy is participating in a free Occupational Therapy Education Virtual Fair on August 3rd, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We will be online to answer your questions about our graduate programs, admission requirements, student life and more! To register, please click ... More »


Wolf becomes Program’s first RAPS PhD graduate

6/2/2016

In May 2016, Timothy Wolf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, became the Program in Occupational Therapy’s first Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD degree graduate. The accomplishment marks a new chapter in Wolf’s rehabilitation science research career which began when he came to Washington University as a ... More »


Program rebrands visual identity

6/1/2016

In 2015, Washington University (WashU) rolled out new brand positioning and updated guidelines across campus following a comprehensive research-based marketing/branding assessment led by the Lipman-Hearne agency and Public Affairs. As part of the deliverables from this initiative, WashU unveiled a revised color palette, logo usage and other ... More »


Presenting a three-part series on Cognitive Dysfunction in Parkinson disease

5/25/2016

Join us for this summer series as Jamie Archer, MOT, OTR/L , and Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L , present a continuing education course on Parkinson disease and cognitive dysfunction.  This course will provide an overview of cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson ... More »


OT Intervention for Children with Hemiplegia using a multi-component approach

5/25/2016

Join us for this day-long course as Shelley Dean Portaro, OTD, OTR/L, presents evidence-based practices in the treatment of pediatric hemiplegia secondary to stroke. This course will provide a neurological, sensory motor and behavioral theoretical-based course of treatment for a specialized population. Participants will learn the ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Elizabeth Pesch, MSOT/S ‘16

5/20/2016

Elizabeth Pesch, MSOT/S ‘16 Clinical Research Track: Family Caregiving Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT because of the faculty here. Not only are they some of the brightest out there, ... More »



Clinical Research Track Experiences: Katrina Christopher, MSOT/S ‘16

5/5/2016

Katrina Christopher , MSOT/S ‘16 Clinical Research Track: Health and Disability Research Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT for my occupational therapy ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Katherine Heidorn, MSOT/S '16

5/4/2016

Katherine Heidorn, MSOT/S ‘16 Clinical/Community Track: LifeBridge Partnership Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? WUOT offers a wide range of research ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Katherine Pappa, OTD/S ‘16

5/3/2016

Katie Pappa, OTD/S ‘16 Clinical Research Track: Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose Washington University in St. Louis (WUOT) for my occupational therapy education ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Rebecca Bollinger, OTD/S ‘17

5/3/2016

Rebecca Bollinger, OTD/S ‘17 Clinical Research Track: Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT due to their high ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Sarah Adam, OTD/S '16

5/3/2016

Sarah Adam, OTD/S ‘16 Clinical Research Track: Health Promotions and Well-being for At-risk Populations Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I was ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Elizabeth Szymke, MSOT/S ‘16

5/3/2016

Elizabeth Szymke, MSOT/S ‘16 Clinical/Community Track: Low Vision Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I chose WUOT for my occupational therapy education because of the ample ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Renée Kulik, MSOT/S ‘16

5/3/2016

Renée Kulik, MSOT/S ‘16 Clinical/Community Track: Low Vision Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? On my first visit to WUOT, a faculty member explained what sets WUOT apart from other schools. ... More »


St. Louis NORC receives inaugural Outstanding Community Partner Award

4/29/2016

The Program in Occupational Therapy has chosen the St. Louis Nationally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), a program of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, as the inaugural recipient of its Outstanding Community Partner Award. The award recognizes organizations that have developed and sustained a collaborative relationship with the ... More »


Clinical/Community Track Experiences: Leah Cardi, MSOT/S '16

4/22/2016

Leah Cardi, MSOT/S '16 Clinical/Community Track: Low Vision Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I knew I wanted a program that balanced academic coursework with applied clinical experience, and I am happy that I have ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Katherine Ross, OTD/S '16

4/22/2016

Katherine Ross, OTD/S '16 Clinical Research Track: Occupational Therapy NICU Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I was drawn to WUOT not just because it’s known as one of the best programs ... More »


Clinical Research Track Experiences: Emily McLaughlin, OTD/S '18

4/22/2016

Emily McLaughlin, OTD/S '18 Clinical Research Track: Health and Disability Research Laboratory Why did you choose WUOT for your occupational therapy education? I choose WUOT for my education because it was a school with a lot to offer and ... More »



Program alumnus to receive Washington University’s 2016 Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award

4/14/2016

Congratulations to alumnus Adam Pearson, OTD' 11, OTR/L, who will be one of the four recipients to receive Washington University’s 2016 Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award. The award recognizes members of the Washington University community who exemplify a character of service and ... More »


Program in Occupational Therapy ranked as the number one OT program in nation

3/16/2016

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Program in Occupational Therapy number one in the nation among graduate programs in occupational therapy. The ranking is based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or accredited degree programs or ... More »


OT Scholarship Day 2016 Registration Open

3/15/2016

Please join us for the 8th Annual Occupational Therapy Scholarship Day on Friday, April 29. This 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 event is held at the Eric ... More »



Scholar shares his McDonnell Academy experience

3/14/2016

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis provides graduate and professional students from university partners around the world with an extraordinary educational experience. As the Program in Occupational Therapy’s first McDonnell Academy scholar, Juan Pablo Saa, OTD/MPH/S ’16, says his ... More »


Doctoral student completes apprenticeship in Nigeria

3/14/2016

Before starting her occupational therapy graduate studies at Washington University, Odochi “Odo” Nwabara, OTD ’15, knew she wanted to pursue an apprenticeship outside of the U.S. “I was born in Chicago, but my parents are originally from Nigeria. My father came to the ... More »


Early interventions seek to improve outcomes for NICU patients

3/10/2016

Significantly preterm infants often require specialized care available only in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), with the length of hospitalization dependent upon how early the infant was delivered and the severity of any associated medical complications or conditions. It is ... More »


Beating the odds

3/9/2016

Although he’s completing the final course required for his degree at Ranken Technical College, 30-year-old Linden De Ment is not your typical student. Since sustaining a traumatic brain injury from a fall in his garage in 2010, De Ment has spent much of the last ... More »


A valuable lesson in stroke care

3/8/2016

Since it began accepting patients in the spring of 2015, The Program in Occupational Therapy’s student-run stroke clinic has offered free services for under-resourced clients to help increase their safety and independence following a stroke. Initially developed as a doctorate project in 2014, the clinic has experienced steady ... More »



Learning by doing

3/6/2016

There is only so much that lectures, labs and role play situations can teach an occupational therapy student. Peggy Barco, OTD, OTR/L, SCDCM, instructor for the Interventions Supporting Recovery and Participation in Individuals with Cognitive and Learning Challenges course, knew from ... More »


A rewarding career in pediatric OT

3/4/2016

“I want to take a moment to thank the university that completely prepared me for a successful future, and for developing me to become a confident, goal-driven, problem-solving professional who is making a difference in many communities.” Those grateful words are ... More »


Door graphic represents Program’s past, present and future

3/2/2016

Currently featured on the cover of our alumni newsletter and in the center of our Centennial logo, the familiar door graphic has been used frequently over the past 25 years on various Program in Occupational Therapy materials. The origin of the graphic, along with the ... More »



Taff elected chairperson for Commission on Education

2/7/2016

Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, was elected the Chairperson for the Commission on Education (COE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in the recent national election, which concluded on January 29. The COE is a visionary group that identifies, analyzes, and anticipates ... More »



Educational partnership with Harris-Stowe State University provides opportunities for cultural diversity

1/15/2016

The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis, one of the top occupational therapy programs in the nation, has established a partnership with Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), an institution strongly committed to providing a quality higher education experience that ... More »


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