Members of the Program in Occupational Therapy will be at the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA's) INSPIRE Conference & Expo in Kansas City from April 20-23, 2023.  Information about our presentations, awards and alumni reception are below.

WUOT presentations

Faculty, clinicians, staff and current students will present posters, workshops, short courses, scientific research panels and conversations that matter sessions during the conference. Click on the plus sign below to view the presentations for each day.

Thursday, April 20

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Let's Get Real: Facilitators & Barriers to Embracing Your Role as Specialized Instructional Support Personnel in School-Based Practice Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (Conversations That Matter)
Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L; Jessie Bricker, OTD, OTR/L; Kara Wolters, OTD

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The State of School-Based Occupational Therapy Practice (Poster 1-307)
Charlton Mechling; Hannah Smiles; Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Put on Your Thinking Cap: Organizing Theoretical Knowledge to Guide Professional Reasoning (Poster 1-115)
Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L; Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Invisible Effect of Post Stroke Vision Deficits on Occupational Performance of Daily Activities, Social Relationships, and Mental Health (Poster 1-4003)
Katherine Bucklin; Pat Nellis, OTD, OTR/L

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Furthering Diversity, Community, & Leadership in the Field of OT: Occupational Therapy: The Development of a High School Mentorship Program (Short Course 123)
Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, OTR/L; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP; Diana Castellanos, Hailey Furio

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Investing in a Culture of Inclusion: Strategy Building for Recruiting & Retaining a Diverse Faculty (Short Course 139)
Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Razan Hamed, PhD, OTR/L; Shanese Higgins, Janet Jedlicka, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Samy Hamdan, MSOT, OTR/L; Angel Bryant, OTD, OTR/L

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Climate Change, Sustainability, and Occupational Therapy: Opportunities for Action in Practice, Education, Advocacy, and Research (Short Course 163)
Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP, FAOTA; Susan Lingelbach; Becca Lassell; Whitney Luca Molitor; Natalie Flaherty; Moses Ikiugu

Friday, April 21

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Promoting Professional Competency & Advocacy across the Continuum of Care Rooted in the Medical Model (Conversations That Matter)
Amanda Wheeler, Sadie Richardson, Marybeth Moscirella, Laura Butka, Sara Kate Frye, Sharon Montgomery, Amanda Luper, Laura Butka

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Toxic Stress in Children & Youth: Community-Based Programming to Support Health, Well-Being, & Occupational Performance (Short Course 209)
Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L; Maribeth Clifton, OTD, OTR/L

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Occupation-Centered Course Design: Development & Evaluation Process for Contemporary OT Curricula (Poster 3-113)
Rose McAndrew, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, and Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Making the Most of Recess: Positive Mental Health Programming in School-Based OT Practice (Short Course 232)
Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L; Samantha Coats, Paige Francis, Tara Han, Megan Loveland, Vanessa Petranek, Rylie Sheffield, Daria Zahalsky, Kara Wolters, OTD

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Asthma & Occupational Participation: A Scoping Review (Poster 4-318)
Avery Collier; Madelyn Yoo; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Patient Experience of Antihypertensive Medication Education and Implications for Occupational Therapy Practitioners (Poster 4-911)
Jaclyn K. Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L; Katherine Aylmer, OTD, OTR/L; Sami Tayeb, MA; Abdulaziz Said; Cami Keahi

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Inequities in Cardiovascular Outcomes, Adherence to Preventative Guidelines, & the Impact of Race-based Systemic Barriers on Health Management (Poster 5-606)
Jaclyn K. Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP; Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Suzanne Burns, PhD, OTR/L; Emily Kringle, PhD, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exploring the Barriers to & Facilitators of Advancing Evidence-Based Practice Using Implementation Science (Poster 5-904)
Jennifer Weaver, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS; Lisa Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT; Adam Kinney; Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Transforming OT for the 21st Century: Recognize Privilege, Acknowledge Injustice, Reframe Perspective, & Reach Equity Model (Poster 5-706)
Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Maribeth Clifton, OTD, OTR/L; Christina Smith; Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP, FAOTA

Saturday, April 22

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
ADAPT-SCD: A Pilot Meta-Cognitive Strategy Training Intervention for Adolescents & Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease (Poster 6-317)
Grace Hurley; Taniya Varughese, MSOT, OTR/L; Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM; Odaro Adu; Abigail Picinich, MS; Nai Qashou; Elizabeth Taaffe; Allison King, MD, PhD

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Predictive Validity and Diagnostic Performance of the EFPT-E and PASS to Real World Medication Adherence (Poster 6-804)
Jaclyn K. Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L; Katherine Aylmer, PTD, OTR/L; Samara Green

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Role of Social Support in Participating in Mobility- & Cognitively-Demanding Activities Poststroke (Poster 6-4007)
Melissa Anthony; Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L; Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA; Chaitali Dagli, MPH

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Investing in a Culture of Inclusion: Strategy Building for How to Create an Inclusive Classroom Environment—Part 1 (Short Course 318)
Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Razan Hamed, PhD, OTR/L; Angel Bryant, OTD, OTR/L; Janet Jedlicka, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Samy Hamdan, MSOT, OTR/L; Shanese Higgins, DHSc, MSOT, OTR/L; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Evaluation of a Student Hand Therapy Clinic Using a Logic Model (Poster 7-112)
Nathaniel Nazareno Baniqued; Rose McAndrew, OTD, OTR/L, CHT; Victoria Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Social Participation Among People With Brain Injury During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Poster 7-4016)
Jessica Kersey, PhD, OTR/L; Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Family Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: OT, Mental Health & Wellness (Poster 7-2005)
Emili Husain; Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Examining the Participation Construct (Poster 8-4016)
Samantha Randolph, MA; Chih-Hung Chang, PhD; Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Role of OT in Supporting Youth with Asthma: A Survey of Pediatric OTs (Poster 8-307) Lindsay A. Spell; Madelyn Yoo; Timira Minor; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP

Sunday, April 23

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Many Hands Working Together: The Impact of an Adaptive Care Hospital Program to Enhance Social Support for Autistic Children's Mental Health (Scientific Research Panel 401E)
Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L; Gifty Abraham, OTD, OTR/L; Minerva Villacrusis


Annual Alumni Reception

Our annual alumni reception will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. CDT at the City Beautiful Ballroom A at the Loews Kansas City Hotel. Come visit with fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff. Food and drinks provided. Conference registration is not required. Please RSVP by visiting

Award Honors

All awards will be conferred during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Kansas City Convention Center. The ceremony is open to the public, and conference attendance is not required. For more information, please visit AOTA’s conference website at

Morgan to receive AOTF's 2023 Meritorious Service Award

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP,  will receive the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s (AOTF’s) 2023 Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes retiring and incumbent members of the AOTF Board of Trustees who have made sustained and exemplary contributions in support of the Foundation’s mission. Morgan has served on the AOTF board since 2020.

Dodson, Mahoney to receive FAOTA award

Alumni Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L, CBIST, and Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L, will receive the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA’s) Roster of Fellows Award at AOTA’s Inspire 2023 Annual Conference & Expo in Kansas City, Mo. The Roster of Fellows recognizes occupational therapists who, through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy and/or guidance, have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy (OT) services and/or members of the Association.

Dodson, Class of 2006, is considered a master clinician and subject matter expert in head injury evaluation, treatment and program design for both civilian and military populations. He designed and administered outpatient traumatic brain injury (TBI) OT programming at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and worked internationally as a Department of Defense consultant for TBI and behavioral health. His application of occupational performance principles in novel contexts such as concussion care, vocational rehabilitation, program development, and legal expert witness testimony has established new professional pathways for occupational therapists. He operates Braintrust Services, a specialty occupational performance clinic for nuanced brain and mental health conditions in Fort Collins, Colo. Dodson is being recognized for his contributions as an “OT Innovator, Mentor and Leader.”

Mahoney, Class of 1999, is an associate professor of occupational therapy and medicine in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University. Prior to joining the Program in 2018, Mahoney had 10 years of previous academic experience at Midwestern University and Chicago State University. She has taught in the areas of occupational therapy theory, pediatric evaluation and intervention, health conditions, assistive technology, and the mentorship of student research, among others. She also studies the historical context of people and events in occupational therapy, including LGBTQIA+ issues. Mahoney is being recognized for her contributions to “Promoting Learning Through History and Clients' Perspectives.”