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.
Out of a class of 20 second-year students, 12 had poster presentations accepted in the NC Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference in Greenville, NC.
Nicole Corbin, a second-year Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD student, has been awarded a $5,000 ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship.
Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral student Jessica Kinard was selected to receive the 2014 Joanne Erwick Roberts Early Career Award.
Sadie Schwarz and Jenna Browning, third-year graduate students in UNC ‘s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program, were each awarded T35 Research Traineeships for the summer of 2014.
Speech and Hearing Sciences Professors Linda Watson and Betsy Crais, Occupational Science Professor Grace Baranek, and Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD graduates Jessica Dykstra and Kaitlyn Wilson authored an article that received the 2013 Editors’ Award from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
October 29, 2014 – Stephen Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and Associate Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, as the new Director of the Physician Assistant (PA) master’s degree program currently under development within DAHS.
Dr. Linda Watson, Professor, graduated from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program in August.
Stephen Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Associate Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, to become the next Director of the Division of Physical Therapy.
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.