Eleven UNC Occupational Therapy students traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the field of OT on September 15, 2014. The visit was part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual Occupational Therapy Day on the Hill. More than 500 occupational therapists, occupational therapy students, and educators went to the Capital for this year’s event.
With new legislation and changes coming to health care standards, occupational therapy students must be more prepared to enter the ever growing dynamic field. UNC Alumni Cathy Driscoll, MS, OTR/L, an OT at a suburban Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), and Allison Bolin, MS, OTR/L, rehab manager and OT at a rural Critical Access Hospital (CAH), implemented a unique fieldwork experience to better prepare students for practice over the last few years.
Stigma Free Carolina, a UNC community campaign aimed at reducing stigma toward mental health concerns and treatment, will include a variety of events from September 12-October 11. Occupational Science PhD student Nikhil Tomar initially conceived of the idea behind the campaign.
Drs. Betsy Crais, Linda Watson, and Lauren Turner-Brown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August.
DOD Grant Funds Duke-UNC Collaboration to Investigate the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Children with ASD
A new Duke-UNC Chapel Hill collaboration titled “Precursors to the development of anxiety disorders in young children with autism spectrum disorder” has received a grant from the Department of Defense that will provide $531,390 in total funding over three years.
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) has been awarded $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, for Project Core, an Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities–Stepping-Up Technology Implementation grant.
Dr. Prudence Plummer, Assistant Professor, has received a NIH R21 grant to fund “Real-world assessment of dual-task performance after stroke,” an interdisciplinary endeavor involving researchers in physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and psycholinguistics. The grant will provide $275,000 in direct costs over two years.
Dr. Elizabeth Crais, Professor, has been appointed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to chair the Academic Affairs Board starting in 2015.
Dr. Sue Coppola, Professor, is currently serving a five-year term (2010-2015) as the USA Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
Dr. Vicki Stemmons Mercer, Associate Professor, has been selected for Class V of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program.
Issack Endeshaw Boru was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece in March, the most recent honor bestowed on this outstanding Division of Radiologic Science student.
“Comparative Efficacy of LEAP, TEACCH and Non-Model-Specific Special Education Programs for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” was one 20 studies listed in the 2013 Summary of Advances recently released by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
The Carolina Center for Public Service has awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship to an interdisciplinary team of student researchers from the Department of Allied Health Sciences: Tyson Harmon (PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences), Mei-Ling Lin (PhD student in the Division of Occupational Science), and Gabrielle Scronce (DPT student in the Division of Physical Therapy).
UNC Doctor of Physical Therapy student Sarah van der Horst recently received the 2014 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award, which honors the accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan (’26), is given annually to five individuals in the Carolina community who demonstrate outstanding service to the state of North Carolina.
Three Health Sciences Library (HSL) librarians and Lori Leibold, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, successfully earned funding for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) Administrative Supplement.
The 2014 Mitchell Symposium public lecture, "Occupational Activism for Global Justice," by Dr. Gelya Frank, PhD, is now available online.
The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosted the 2014 David E. Yoder Symposium on March 28 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The all-day session, titled “Combining Literacy and Language Intervention of Young Children,” was led by Dr. Laura Justice, Executive Director of the Children’s Learning Research Collaborative and EHE Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University.
Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology student Katie Aiello submitted the winning suggestion to name The Graduate School’s new publication, The Carolina Chronicle.
Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer (UNC PT Class of 1971) has been appointed Director of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, effective March 3, 2014.
Dr. Nancy Bagatell, Associate Professor, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award worth $7,500 to fund research. The pilot project, called “Families with Adolescent-Aged Children and the Co-construction and Re-negotiation of Occupations and Routines: Investigating Methods to Capture Transactions of Families,” seeks to study the routines and occupations of families with adolescents to discover how and why these routines change over time.