Hasselkus Selected as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

Dr. Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar.

Hasselkus Selected as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar click to enlarge Betty Risteen Hasselkus

"Everyday Occupations: 
The Heart of Research and Practice"

Public Lecture

Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.
Bioinformatics Hall 1131
The Bioinformatics Building is located at 130 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
Closest available parking is the Dogwood Deck. Click here for directions.


"The Lived Experience of Doing Research"
Discussion with Faculty and PhD Students

Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bondurant Hall, G074

During her over 40 years of active participation in the profession of occupational therapy, Dr. Hasselkus has focused her research, teaching, and practice on the everyday occupational experience of people in the community, with a special emphasis on family care giving for older family members, physician-family caregiver relationships, meanings of everyday occupation to dementia day care staff, and the meaning of doing occupational therapy.

She was elected to the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows in 1986 and to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research in 1999.  Dr. Hasselkus was the invited Wilma West Lecturer at the University of Southern California in 2003 and in 2005, she was awarded the AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award–the Association’s highest award for scholarship.  Dr. Hasselkus was editor of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy from 1998-2003.  Her international reputation as a scholar has taken her to Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Wales, and Northern Ireland where she has provided lectures and workshops on qualitative research methods, critical analysis, writing, and qualitative research opportunities in everyday occupation. Her scholarly career includes over 90 publications in journals and texts.  The second edition of her book, The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, was released in January 2011.

The Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science is named in honor of Drs. Marlys and Earl (Mitch) Mitchell and has been made possible through a generous donation from Drs. Ruth Humphry and Bruce Carney as well as other donors.  (Biographical information on Dr. Hasselkus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Web site http://kinesiology.education.wisc.edu/ot/people/emeritus/betty-hasselkus.)

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