AOTA's Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration

The Program in Occupational Therapy will be at AOTA's Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 30 - April 2. Information about our booth, presentations, awards and alumni reception are below.

Booth #642

The Program will be at booth #642 in the Expo Hall during the following times. Please stop by and visit us!

Thursday, March 30: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 31: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WUOT presentations

Faculty, clinicians, and current students will present posters, workshops, short courses, research platforms, buzz sessions and tech day sessions during the conference. Click on the arrow below to view the presentations for each day.

Thursday, March 30 

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
SC 110 (AOTA) Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy and Productive Aging
Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; Deborah Lieberman, MSHA, OTR/L, FAOTA;
Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA;
Sharon Elliott, DHS, GCG, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; Sue Berger, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA;
Anne Escher, MS, OTR/L; CJ Liu, PhD, OTR, GSA Fellow; Wen-Pin Chang, PhD, OTR/L; Beth Hunter, PhD, OTR/L; Pam Kearney EdD, OTR/L; Whitney Lucas Molitor, OTD, OTR/L

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
PO 3133 Combining Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning: A Qualitative Study
Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L; Robyn Otty OTD, MEd

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PO 1045 Development of a Self-Management Program for Parents with Spinal Cord Injury and Disease
Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L; Carla Walker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PO 1103 Reengaging in Productive Living After Substance Abuse Intervention: OT Role in Adolescent Recovery
Theresa Henry, MSOT, OTR/L

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
SC 1038 Predictors of Disability and Quality-of-Life After Nerve Injury
Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Macyn Stonner, OTD, OTR/L

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
SC 170 Assessing Functional Cognition: Its Importance in Occupational Therapy Research and Practice
Yael Goverover; Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Joan Toglia; Timothy Wolf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
RP 203A The Effect of Self-Management Education Following Mild Stroke: An Exploratory Randomized Control Trial
Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Timothy Wolf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Friday, March 31

8:00-11:00 a.m.
WS 201 Driving Interventions: Best Evidence and Practice in Driving Simulation with At-Risk Populations Through the Lifespan
Peggy Barco, OTD, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS; Sherrilene Classen, PhD; Liliana Alvarez PhD; Susan Pierce, OTR/L; Anne Dickerson, PhD; Doug Evans

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
RP 202C The Course and Predictors of Patient Participation in Inpatient Occupational Therapy: Understanding the Impact on Outcomes and Implementation Barriers
Alex Wong, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research: NIH Research Agenda and Updates from USAMRMC
Teresa Brininger, Alison Cernich, Susan Magasi, Roxanna Bendixen, Simone Gill, Mary Khetani, Sook-Lei Liew, Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, and Mary Radomski

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
SC 238 Transformative Learning for Diversity & Inclusion: Engaging All
Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Kathleen Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
PO 4030 Feasibility Testing of a Virtual Reality Motor and Cognitive Strategy Intervention
Anna Boone, PhD student, MSOT

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
SP 203C The Impact of Functional, Fluid, and Crystallized Cognition on Gainful Employment of People with Neurological Disorders: A Multisite Cohort Study
Alex Wong, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
SC 266 AOTA SIS TSIS Annual Program: Documentation - Best Practices for Occupational Therapists Working With Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT)
Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
RP 204A A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Progr a.m. for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L

Saturday, April 1

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
GS 301 Presidential Centennial Vision Panel
Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Penelope Moyers, edD, OT/L, FAOTA, Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Virginia Stoeffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, Amy Lamb, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
PO 6044 The Acquired Brain Injury in Teenagers (ABIT) Model: Supporting Occupational Performance at Home, School, and in the Community
Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L

12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
PO Development of a Culturally Relevant Self-Management Program
Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L

2:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
PO 7098 Identifying Communication Behaviors that Promote Interprofessional Te Health Care Profession Students
Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA; Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
SC 348 Development and Implementation of a Student-Led Service Learning Curriculum: Strategies and Recommendations
Sarah Risso; Catherine Hoyt Drazen, PhD student; Cambey Mikush, OTD, OTR/L; Brent Walter

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
SC 381 AOTA Cognition: Promoting OT’s Distinct Role and Value in Practice and Policy
Gordon Giles; Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Dorothy Edwards; Christina Metzler; M. Tracy Morrison; Sharmila Sandhu; Timothy J Wolf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Supporting Daily Life for Older Adults with Low Vision Using Ipad Applications
Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR, SCLV, FAOTA

Baum, Barco, Smallfield and Ulfers to receive awards

Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, will be presented with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s 2017 Meritorious Service Award in acknowledgement of the extraordinary leadership and service she has provided to the Foundation in developing and implementing its mission to train scientists and funding pilot research grants. Peggy Barco, OTD, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS, will receive AOTA's Roster of Fellows Award, which recognize occupational therapists who have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association through their special skills and knowledge in therapeutic practice, education and/or research. Barco is being recognized for her contributions to the “Advancement of Driving Rehabilitation Practice.” Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, will receive AOTA's Special Interest Section Quarterly Writer’s Award. It recognizes members of AOTA who publish an article in a Quarterly newsletter that translates current research or best practice findings into a practice area or contributes to advancing the quality of occupational therapy services or education. Smallfield is being recognized for her article, “Integrating Exercise into Daily Activity for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease,” which appeared in the August 2016 edition of the SIS Quarterly Practice Connections. Sara Ulfers, OTD/S '17, will receive the Mary J. Bridle First Research Award by the Pi Theta Epsilon Executive Committee. Her winning paper is titled, “Occupational Therapy Perceived Knowledge Gaps in Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairments.”

The awards will be presented during the Annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 1, from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street - Exhibit Hall CD. The ceremony is open to the public and conference attendance is not required.

Alumni reception

Our annual alumni reception will be held on Thursday, March 30 in the Franklin 12 room (4th floor) at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. Come join us and catch up with fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff! Food and drinks provided.

Please RSVP by March 24 to With your response, please include your full name, graduation year and name of guest, if applicable.

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