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Occupational Therapy News - 2013

 

Dr. Mary Hildebrand

Dr. Hildebrand Presents at Conference

Dr. Mary Hildebrand from the Department of Occupational Therapy was invited to present at the AOTA Specialty Conference-Adults with Stroke in Las Vegas, NV, December 6-7. The topic of her presentation was "Psychological and Emotional Impairments after Stroke". 





Dr. Mary Hildebrand

Dr. Hildebrand Presents at Conference

Dr. Mary Hildebrand from the Department of Occupational Therapy was invited to present at the AOTA Specialty Conference-Adults with Stroke in Las Vegas, NV, December 6-7. The topic of her presentation was "Psychological and Emotional Impairments after Stroke". 







The Department of Occupational Therapy Focuses on Driver Rehabilitation and Safety

Faculty at the Department of Occupational Therapy at East Carolina University are doing their part in providing older drivers with the rehabilitation evaluation they need to retain their independence while keeping them safe on the road.

In her blog post "Research shows that we tend to drive better as we age…. up to a certain point", occupational therapy professor Anne Dickerson wrote, "Through the department's research for the older driver initiative (ROADI), professors and students are focusing on the most effective and efficient methods of driving evaluation and intervention. The program includes state of the art evaluation tools such as an interactive driving simulator that can challenge any type of driver in the safety of the clinic, a "vision coach" that evaluates visual field and processing speed, as well other tools to measure an individual's cognitive, physical, sensory, and perceptual skills.

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"Driving evaluations by occupational therapists are necessary for individuals living with medical conditions that may affect the skills required for driving," said Dickerson, "Driving school instructors are trained to address and focus on the rules of the road and the safe control of the vehicle, but not the medical condition faced by the senior driver. Select an occupational therapy practitioner who is trained and/or certified as a driving rehabilitation specialist [CDRS, or SCDCM] if the driver is concerned with the effect of his or her medical condition on driving safety."

Dr. Jennifer Radloff joined the occupational therapy department staff in early 2013 and has contributed greatly to the department with her certified driving rehabilitation specialist certification. During a learning lab in October, her students learned about an occupational therapist's role in assessing community mobility as an aspect of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) as well as the role of the OT specialist in driving rehabilitation. Students worked in experiential labs with an adapted van and drove with either handle controls or a left foot accelerator thanks to Driving Rehabilitation Services.OT students use adapted van

Other sites of interest regarding older driver safety are:

http://carolinas.aaa.com/DriveSafely/Pages/Senior-Drivers.aspx

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/getting-around/driving-resource-center/driver-resources/

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Read Dr. Dickerson's post from Feb. 2013 ="">here

View a video interview with Dr. Dickerson on the College of Allied Health Science's instagram page here

 

 
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Hildebrand awarded for teaching practice

Dr. Mary Hildebrand was honored with the "Award for Outstanding Practice in the Area of Teaching" at the 2013 North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association annual fall conference in October. Congratulations Dr. Hildebrand!

 










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OT Students Learn First Hand About Various Mobility Options

Second year Occupational Therapy students participated in a hands-on lesson about community mobility last week, riding Segways in front of the College of Allied Health Sciences building and driving adapted vans. During the session, Dr. Jennifer Radloff educated the group on a occupational therapist's role in assessing community mobility as an aspect of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) as well as the role of the OT specialist in driving rehabilitation. Students worked in the experiential lab with an adapted van and drove with either handle controls or a left foot accelerator thanks to Driving Rehabilitation Services. Through this lesson they learned about different types of options on a mobility van and using a Segway as an alternative transportation option. 


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Dickerson, Donica & Hildebrand Present at Summit

Drs. Anne Dickerson, Denise Donica, and Mary Hildebrand spoke at the AOTA NBCOT 2013 Education Summit in Atlanta, GA this month. Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Donica presented, "Pedagogy for Enhancing Scholarship: A Framework for Successful Student-Faculty Research Endeavors (Parts 1 and 2). Dr. Hildebrand presented a poster entitled, "An Occupational and Physical Therapy Student Lab: First-Steps for an Interprofessional Education Collaboration in a College of Allied Health Sciences".


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Trujilo & Amini Published

Congratulations to Dr. Leonard Trujillo and Dr. Debbie Amini for their publication entitled "Creating a custom fabricated neoprene orthosis for optimal positioning", featured in the Oct. 2013 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy {V26, No.4 pages 365-368}.  












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Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor and Director of the Research for Older Adult Driver Initiative (ROADI), has contributed to expanding the knowledge of driving and occupational therapy this summer.

May 13, 2013 – Dr. Dickerson was plenary speaker at Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology Conference with a presentation: Driving with Dementia:  When to Give Up the Keys.

July 11 & 12, 2013 – Trinity University, Dublin Ireland invited Dr. Dickerson to present a two day workshop with Dr. Tadhg Stapleton:  Workshop for Occupational Therapists on Addressing Driving Issues in the Irish Context of Practice.  Since there was a wait list of 40+ therapists, Dr. Dickerson will be returning to Dublin to repeat the workshop in August.

July 29-30, 2013 – Dr. Dickerson was one of the key facilitators of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies' mid year meeting of the Committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons (ANB60).  The meeting's objective was to begin a process to build a taxonomy of terms focused on: How We Approach Evidence of Driving Impairments/Driving Competence:  Developing a Resource to Promote Shared Understanding Among Researchers, Clinicians, Policymakers, and Licensing Officials. Dr. Dickerson will be one of the content experts for this ongoing project.

August 18-20, 2013 – Dr. Dickerson will participate in sessions meeting at the Annual Conference for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists including:  The Pathways Project:  Update and Plans for the Future, Pathways and Champions:  Strategies for Empowering Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, and Creating Poster Presentations:  Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Can Be Stars.


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Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, assistant professor, is in the news again!  She was quoted in an article in the Aug/Sept. issue of Living with Arthritis

From the article:  Setting up, grilling, time on your feet—it's enough to make you shy away from hosting a cookout altogether. But it doesn't have to be so exhausting! We asked certified hand therapist Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L,CHT, from the department of occupational therapy at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, for tips to help your party go smoothly. Here's how to sidestep joint pain and fatigue while enjoying everything a barbecue has to offer—food, friends and fun!

Read the full article HERE.


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While visiting Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Mary Hildebrand spent June 18-21, 2013 observing occupational therapy in a neuro-rehabilitation inpatient unit and outpatient clinic.

Hosting Dr. Hildebrand were South African occupational therapists and co-owners of RehabMatters-Occupational Therapy Service, Haley Norval and Sacha Hildebrandt. Other excellent OT practitioners observed at the clinic and hospital were Tarren and Natalie (Robyn and Justine not pictured.)

 




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Dr. Debbie Amini, assistant professor, was quoted in an story titled, "Graduations can be a real handful" in June 19, 2013 edition of the LA Times. 

From the story: 

At graduations, the sheer number of handshakes completed by one person in a relatively short amount of time could result in ligament damage and soft tissue trauma, said Debbie Amini, an occupational therapist and assistant professor at East Carolina University.

"Especially if you have some overzealous graduates," she said. "All it takes is somebody who is really excited to squeeze and shake too hard."

Read the entire story here:

http://fw.to/I234R2W


The OT faculty attended the 93rd annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference and expo in San Diego, April 25-28, 2013.

Dr. Denise Donica received a Recognition of Achievement award for her outstanding contributions in handwriting research and education.

Dr. Anne Dickerson, Dr. Debbie Amini and Dr. Denise Donica received 2013 AOTA Service Commendations, recognizing them for their contributions and service.

The faculty made the following presentations:

Debbie Amini EdD, OTR/L, CHT

  • (AOTA) Talk About Revision Update – The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
  • (SIS) PDSIS Annual Program: Manual Ability Measure – A Client-Centered and Function Based Assessment in the Adult Rehabilitation Setting
  • Tools of the Trade: Educational Theory and Strategies for New Faculty

Anne Dickerson PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • (AOTA) Older Driver Initiative Update: Evidence and Tools Clinic Ready
  • (AOTA) Talk About: Driving Simulation as a Critical Tool in Your Clinic
  • (AOTA) Reimbursable Triage to Address Driving and Community Mobility as an IADL in the Generalist Setting: AOTA/Genesis Rehab Champion's Model
  • Innovative Technology to Improve Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees: Case Study

Denise Donica DHS, OTR/L, BCP

  • Efficacy of a Multisensory Handwriting Curriculum with Kindergarten Students in a Half Day Program
  • Assessing the Validity of the Shore Handwriting Screening Among Pre-Kindergarten Students

Mary Hildebrand OTD, OTR/L

  • (SIS) WISIS Annual Program: Aging and Work – The Role of OT with Aging Workers
  • (AOTA) Evidence-based Literature Review on Occupational Therapy and Adults with Stroke

Carol Lust EdD, OTR/L

  • Effectiveness of Implementing the Alert Program Into a Kindergarten Classroom

Jane Painter, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • Effectiveness of Tai Chi on Fear of Falling and Health related Quality of Life for Community Dwelling Older Adults in a Continual Care Facility
  • Fear of Falling and its Relationship with Anxiety, Depression and Activity restriction Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Leonard Trujillo PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • A collective review of completed research projects evaluating the effectiveness of the Interactive Metronome as an occupational therapy intervention
  • Fear of Falling and its Relationship with Anxiety, Depression and Activity restriction Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

ECU Occupational Therapy was in the news!  Dr. Denise Donica recently spoke about "Handwriting Without Tears" at a 2-day workshop in Cary, NC.  http://www.carynews.com/2013/03/05/71642/in-cary-penmanship-matters.html


OT student recipient of RCAW award

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Erin Schofield,a second year graduate student in occupational therapy, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week Graduate Education Poster Presentation award. Her entry was titled "Examining the use of the Shore Handwriting Screening to assess the handwriting skills of pre-kindergarteners." 

Schofield was also accepted to present her research in poster form at the national American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference that will be held at the end of this month in San Diego. She will be attending with her project mentor, Dr. Denise Donica.

Congratulations to them both!


 

Students inducted into Delta Beta chaper of Ph Theta Epsilon

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The Delta Beta chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, occupational therapy honors society, inducted its second class of members on Tuesday March 19th at 6:30 pm.

The 8 inductees were welcomed by the current charter members, family, friends, and faculty of the Occupational Therapy Department. The inductees were encouraged by the East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Dr. Stephen Thomas, to consider different views of their role as occupational therapists and the impact they can make both today and in the future in the community that surrounds them.

The current Pi Theta Epsilon officers who conducted the induction ceremony include: Brittany Robertson, President; Monica Powell, Vice President; Alana Justice, Secretary; Erin Schofield, Treasurer; and Dr. Denise Donica, Faculty Advisor.

The new inductees include (from left to right and bottom to top) Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty, Caitlin Davis, and Kathleen Brinkley (not pictured). The program concluded with some inspirational words from Dr. Leonard Trujillo, the chair of the Occupational Therapy Department.

 


Occupational Therapy News - 2012

The Class of 2012

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Occupational therapy students inducted into honor society

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Front row, l to r, Chelsey McKeel, Stacia Pomeroy, Alana Justice, Brittany Robertson
Back row, l to r, Monica Powell, Caitlin Zawistowicz, Kelly Pippin, Erin Schofield, Farrell Wiggins, Keli McColl, Sarah Timmons, Dr. Denise Donica (faculty advisor)

Eleven students were inducted into the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni at a ceremony conducted on Monday, October 29 at the Health Sciences Building.

This induction marked the beginning of the very first chapter of PTE in North Carolina. There are currently over 80 active chapters nationwide.

Pi Theta Epsilon recognizes scholastic excellence of occupational therapy students, contributes to the advancement of the field of OT, and provides a vehicle for OT students to exchange information and collaborate regarding scholarly activities.

Dr. Denise Donica is the faculty advisor for the ECU chapter.


Donica appointed to state board

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Dr. Denise Donica, assistant professor of occupational therapy at East Carolina University, has been appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to a four-year term on the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.

Donica is the first from ECU to serve on the seven-member board, which oversees regulations and licensing for all occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in North Carolina. Her term ends Oct. 1, 2016.

Donica is a certified handwriting specialist and researcher in the efficacy of handwriting curriculums and student success. She also is faculty advisor of ECU's Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The chapter is the only one in North Carolina and one of 80 active chapters in the United States.

Donica received a bachelor's degree in psychology/criminal justice, and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University, and a master's and doctoral degree in occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis.


Food Lion announces donation of $25,000 to endow the Freedom Scholarship in Occupational Therapy

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The Freedom Scholarship was originally established by Nathan Black, a 2003 graduate of the occupational therapy program who passed away in 2011. It provides support to ECU OT students who are military members, veterans, spouses or children of a military member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It also includes students who are working with Wounded Warrior Battalion initiatives.

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The Freedom Scholarship was originally established by Nathan Black, a 2003 graduate of the occupational therapy program who passed away in 2011. It provides support to ECU OT students who are military members, veterans, spouses or children of a military member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It also includes students who are working with Wounded Warrior Battalion initiatives.