Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

The 2014 Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists, and the International Society for Occupational Science Joint International Conference in Occupational Science, hosted by St. Catherine University, convened October 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science click to enlarge Nikhil Tomar, Adam DePrimo, Adrienne Miao, Khalilah Johnson, Caroline McCarty, Chetna Sethi, and Ryan Lavalley

The purpose of the conference is to foster collaboration in research and education on occupation by bringing together scholars who are committed to advancing the empirical, theoretical, and methodological knowledge base of occupational science. This year’s Ruth Zemke Lectureship honoree was Dr. Elizabeth Townsend of Dalhousie University, and the Townsend-Polatajko Lectureship honoree was Dr. Lynn Shaw of the University of Western Ontario.

Several UNC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy faculty and doctoral students facilitated panels and workshops, and presented theoretical papers during the conference. Presentations included:

  • Deepening the Investigation with Limited Time: Rapid Ethnographic Methods and Crossthreads: Craftwork and Social Justice in a Guatemalan Context by Jennifer Womack
  • Situated Methodology: Narrative as Tool to Access Situated and Enacted Qualities of Occupation by Virginia Dickie and colleagues
  • Illuminating Family Practices: Methods and Challenges by Ruth Humphry, Nancy Bagatell, and Adrienne Miao with Helen Lynch
  • The Transactional Perspective: An Appraisal of Theory and Application in Research by Antoine Bailliard and Virginia Dickie
  • Meaningful Connections Between Disciplines: The Occupation of Parenting from a Life Course Perspective by Chetna Sethi
  • Defining Occupation: A Move Towards Globalization and Interdisciplinary Partnerships by Nikhil Tomar
  • Conceptualizing Meaning with Semiotic Mediation: Expanding the Conversation by Khalilah Johnson
  • Transition: The Occupation of Changing Occupations by Emily Kertcher

Abstracts can be accessed through the SSO-USA website by visiting http://commons.pacificu.edu/sso_conf/2014/

     The 2015 SSO-USA Conference in Occupational Science, hosted by the occupational therapy department at Nova Southeastern University, will convene October 1-3 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Dr. Ruth Humphry, Director of the UNC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, will deliver the 2015 Ruth Zemke Lecture. 

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