The Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science is named in honor and memory of Dr. Marlys Mitchell, the founder of the master’s program in Occupational Therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill, and her husband, Earl, a great supporter of Marlys’ work (and of occupational therapy). Symposium scholars deliver a public lecture and participate in talks, discussions, and meetings with faculty, students, and researchers from throughout Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Initiated in 2011, the symposium has been made possible through generous gifts from friends and alumni of the division.

2017 Mitchell Symposium

Scholar – Dr. Joy Hammel

Click here to watch a recording of the 2017 Mitchell Symposium public lecture, “Why can’t rehab be more like that?! Visioning participation-focused assessment and programming from the insider perspective of people with disabilities.”

The 2017 Mitchell Symposium will occur at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Bondurant Hall, room G100. A reception will immediately follow. The speaker for this year will be Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Hammel is a Professor and Wade Meyer Endowed Chair in Occupational Therapy, and in the PhD programs in Disability Studies and in Rehabilitation Sciences, in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her participatory action research focuses on assessing, documenting, and creating innovative interventions and systems change initiatives related to community living and participation with people with disabilities and disability communities. She is currently Co-PI on the National Institute of Disability & Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) center grant, the Americans with Disabilities Act Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA- PARC).

2016 Mitchell Symposium

Scholar – Dr. Staffan Josephsson

Dr. Staffan Josephsson

Click here to watch a recording of the 2016 Mitchell Symposium public lecture, “Transactional Perspectives on Occupation: Missed Opportunities for Research and Practice.”

The 2016 Mitchell Symposium will occur at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, in Bondurant Hall, room G100. The speaker for this year will be Staffan Josephsson, PhD, OT, and professor of occupational therapy at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Josephsson’s research has focused on activity in relation to creativity, involvement and participation for people with chronic disabilities. His expertise in the narrative tradition of research emphasizes the everyday lived experiences of people. Dr. Josephsson’s contributions to occupational therapy and occupational science are significant, and we are honored to host him for the 2016 Mitchell Symposium. An event honoring donors to the Mitchell Symposium Fund will be held in Chapel Hill as part of the Mitchell Symposium events. The details of this event will be shared when they are available.

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