Members of the Program in Occupational Therapy will be at the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA's) INSPIRE Conference & Expo in Orlando from March 21-23, 2024. Come see us at Booth #1142!  Information about our presentations, awards and alumni meet up 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, March 21

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cognitive Strategy Use During the Weekly Calendar Planning Activity in People With Parkinson's Disease (Poster 2-4009)
Kathleen Best, MOT, OTR/L; Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Jill E. Jonas, MSOT, OTR/L; Tasha Doty, MA; Noelle Casem

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
An Occupational View of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and other) Individuals Experiencing Homelessness; A Comparative Case Study (Poster 2-602)
Han L. Iseman, OTD/S; Grayson Owens, OTD, OTR/L; Quinn P. Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration Across OT Practice Settings (Conversations That Matter)
Sadie Richardson, OT, OTD, MOT, OTR/L; Grayson Owens, OTD, OTR/L; Tyler Hood; Amanda Luper. MOT, OTR. CBIS; Amanda Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L; Marybeth Moscirella, OTD, OTR/L; Filiz Dikmen; Sharon Montgomery, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS; Jessica Elyza Galilo

Friday, March 22

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Impaired Memory and Executive Function are Associated with Reduced Social Participation in People with Parkinson's Disease (Poster 3-4015)
Moon Young Kim, MSOT; Erin R. Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Balancing Client Safety, Independence, & Functional Mobility: Practical Tips & Strategies for Fall Prevention Across the Continuum of Care (Short Course 225)
Marit Watson, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Pediatric Stroke: Clinical Landscape & Implementation Barriers (Poster 4-321)
Sophia Larson

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Participant Engagement & Effect on Functional Cognition of a Multicontext Approach for Parkinson Disease: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (SRP 203B)
Erin R. Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L; Jessica Daniel; Emily Kubica

Saturday, March 23

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
A National Survey of OT Practitioner Engagement in Medication Management Practice (Poster 6-10657)
Samy Hamdan, MSOT, OTR/L; Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L; Katherine Aylmer, OTD, OTR/L

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Exploring Clergy's Role in Supporting Family Caregivers of Stroke Survivors (Poster 6-804)
Kara L. Rickenberg; Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, OTR/L

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shadowed Joy: Perinatal Mental Health & OT (Poster 8-914)
Marit Watson, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Interrogating Eugenics Influences in Early OT in the United States (Poster 8-703)
Katherine Gladhart-Hayes; Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L

Sunday, March 24

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


Alumni Meet Up

Mandy Mack, OTD, OTR/L, CLC, is hosting an alumni meet up on Friday, March 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT at Sam & Bubbe’s Lobby Bar and Lounge at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Have a drink with with fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff! Conference registration is not required. Please RSVP by visiting

Award Honors

All awards will be conferred during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 22, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Orange County 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

Hoyt, Schwartz to receive FAOTA award

Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, and Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L, will receive the AOTA's Roster of Fellows Award at AOTA’s Inspire 2024 Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. 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 services and/or members of the Association. Hoyt is being recognized as a “clinician scientist igniting equity across the profession,” and Schwartz is being recognized for “advancing medication management and strengthening professional leadership.”

“The Program in Occupational Therapy is incredibly proud of our outstanding faculty being recognized at this year’s conference for their contributions to the profession,” states program director Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L.

Spell honored for AOTF Fellowship

Lindsay Spell, OTD, OTR/L, will be honored at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's (AOTF's) State of the Science Symposium on Friday, March 22, from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT, as the recipient of the 2024 Nancy Talbot Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award. The fellowship supports postdoctoral researchers from the following racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research: Black or African American, Hispanic or LatinX, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.