AOTA's Annual Conference & Expo

The Program in Occupational Therapy will be at AOTA's Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 19 - 22, 2018. Information about our booth, presentations, awards and alumni reception are below.

Booth #1126

The Program will be at booth #1126 in the Expo Hall during the following times. Please stop by and visit us!

Thursday, April 19: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: 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 plus sign below to view the presentations for each day.

Thursday, April 19 

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Increasing Student and Practitioner Competency When Communicating With People With Aphasia (Poster)
Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Chevie Wiseman; Anna Neff

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Action Plans and Their Association With Self-Management Outcomes in Parkinson's Disease (Poster)
Nathalie Zorrilla; Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Measuring Cross-Cultural Stability in Performing the Weekly Calendar Planning Activity Among Typical Israeli and American Adolescents (Poster)
Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Sharon Zlotnik

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Strategies to Improve Work Performance During and After Cancer Treatment (Short Course)
Deborah Turley, OTR/L; Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy for Children & Youth (Ages 0–5) (Short Course)
Deborah Lieberman, MHSA, OTR/L, FAOTA; Elizabeth G Hunter, PhD, OTR/L; Jayna Fischbach, OTD, OTR/L,; Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, CLA; Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L; Margaret Bassi, OTD, OTR/L; Kristen Martin, OTR/L; Karrie Kingsley, OTD, OTR/L; Lindy Weaver, PhD, OTR/L

1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Development and Evaluation of an Occupational Therapy Innovation in Education Research Laboratory (Poster)
Alana Hansen, CTRS; Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Critical Friend: Peer Supervision in a Student-Run Occupational Therapy Clinic (Poster)
Anne Murphy-Hagan

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Supporting Daily Life for Older Adults with Low Vision Using iPad Applications (Appy Hour Presentation)
Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR, SCLV, FAOTA

Friday, April 20

9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Increasing Community Participation for Individuals Aging With a Long-Term Physical Disability (Breakout Session)
Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Feasibility of an Automated Bidet System to Decrease Caregiver Burden: A Randomized Waitlist Control Pilot Trial (Poster)
Rebecca Bollinger, OTD

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Validation of the Weekly Calendar Planning Activity with Teenagers with Acquired Brain Injury (Poster)
Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L; Contributing Authors: Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Dawn Dickerson, Kathryn Kadela

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Occupational Therapy for At-Risk Infants (Poster)
Sarah Wolf; Madison Rolling

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Use of the Complex Task Performance Assessment as a Performance-Based Measure of Functional Cognition in Parkinson's Disease (Scientific Research Panel)
Alison Kwalwaser; Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Impact of Case-Based Learning Course on Occupational Therapy Student Clinical Reasoning Skills (Poster)
Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, and Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Development of a Role-Emerging Fieldwork Placement for a Population of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (Poster)
Quinn Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Exploring Interventions to Reduce, Manage, and Prevent Psychosocial Stress in the Workplace Setting (Poster)
Stephanie Kibby

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trauma-Informed Care: What it Means for the Practitioner (Short Course)
Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Intimacy & Sexuality Post Stroke: Spouse Perspectives (Scientific Research Panel)
Kathleen Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Development and Implementation of a Peer-to-Peer Cultural Curriculum for International Service Learning (Poster)
Natalia Ardila

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Using Progress Monitoring to Improve Handwriting Outcomes
Maureen Kovach Newell, COTA/L; Christine A. Kovach, PhD; Audrey Keleman

Saturday, April 21

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Understanding Activity Participation Among Individuals With Wolfram Syndrome (Poster)
Emily Bumpus; Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy for Older Adults With Low Vision (Short Course)
Deborah Lieberman, MHSA, OTR/L, FAOTA; Elizabeth G Hunter, PhD, OTR/L; Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA; Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; Julie Nastasi, ScD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, CLA, FAOTA; Chiung-ju Liu, PhD, OTR, FGSA; Megan Chang, PhD, OTR/L

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Outcomes of Care and Predictors of Disability After Treatment for Peripheral Nerve Disorders (Poster)
Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Macyn Stonner, OTD, OTR/L

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Therapists guide for evaluation, selection, fitting and training with adaptive sports equipment (Technology Short Course AOTA/RESNA)
Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, and Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L ATP

Pineda to receive the 2018 AOTF A. Jean Ayers Award

Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, was selected by the Board of Trustees of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation to receive the 2018 AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award. The award recognizes or supports individuals who are committed to the research-related development or testing of theory in occupational therapy with priority given to work in the area of sensory processing. The award is given in honor of A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, whose concentration on developing theory in support of practice was of great significance to the profession of occupational therapy. Pineda will receive the award at the Annual Awards and Recognitions Ceremony on Saturday, April 21 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m., which is held in conjunction with AOTA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ceremony is open to the public and conference attendance is not required.

Alumni reception

Our annual alumni reception will be held on Thursday, April 19 in Grand Ballroom B at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. Come celebrate our Centennial with fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff. Food and drinks provided.

Please RSVP by April 6 to With your response, please include your full name, graduation year and name of guest, if applicable.

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