Letter from the director

May 15, 2018

Dear alumni and friends, This academic year has been one of transition and much excitement. As the new division director, I am learning new things every day and am consistently energized by our cohesive community of dedicated and talented faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Division. We are excited by our new projects such … Continued

MS Student Thrives in Interdisciplinary Leadership Training

April 16, 2018

For the past year I have had the pleasure of being a trainee in the North Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the UNCCenter for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). This federally funded program is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary leadership training at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.  The training program … Continued

MS Students Bring Interdisciplinary Backgrounds to Our Program

March 22, 2018

Our peer-learning approach draws upon the diverse life experiences, educational, and work backgrounds of our students. Here are some examples: Anna Benfield, MS, Class of 2019: As a Women’s Studies major, I was trained to use many sources of knowledge to understand how intersecting identities and experiences impact individuals and communities. This training has helped … Continued

Virginia Dickie, PhD, OT, FAOTA, 2018 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

February 26, 2018

Virginia Dickie, PhD, OT, FAOTA, was the honored scholar at the 2018 Mitchell Symposium, an annual event hosted by the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. The symposium was established in 2011 in honor and memory of Marlys Mitchell, PhD, the founder of the master’s program in OT at UNC. Symposium scholars deliver a … Continued

PhD Program Alumni Updates

February 11, 2018

Anne Kirby, PhD, OTR/L, (Class of 2015) of the University of Utah, was awarded an AOTF Intervention Research Grant for “Pilot Study of the MAPPS (Maximizing Adolescent Post-Secondary Success) Intervention.” Mentor: Himle Michael, PhD. Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, (Class of 2012) of Rush University was awarded an AOTF Intervention Research Grant for “Bridging a Service Gap … Continued

Students Participate in Interprofessional Learning Experience

February 8, 2018

On January 25 and February 1, more than 230 students and faculty from nine different health care disciplines at UNC gathered for an initiative targeting interprofessional teamwork and case-based learning. This is funded in part by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.” A group of … Continued

Orange County Department on Aging Partnership Engages Faculty, Alumni, Students

January 4, 2018

Through a grant awarded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA) has championed an initiative called “Orange County CARES” which stands for “Caregiver Awareness Respite Education and Support.” Professor Jenny Womack was the co-author of the grant, along with Dr. Mary Fraser, director of the Aging Transitions team … Continued

Antoine Bailliard Partners to Advance Community Mental Health

December 2, 2017

Faculty member Antoine Bailliard, PhD, OTR/L, is a research fellow for the Community Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center and a consultant and trainer for the Institute for Best Practices within UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health (CECMH). In this role, Antoine provides technical assistance and trainings to assertive community treatment teams across the … Continued

Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative: Student Perspectives

November 15, 2017

The UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) is a three-year pilot program supported by a $1.5 million award from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. This award provides faculty and programmatic support that enables UNC health professions students to serve and learn in underserved rural clinic settings in North Carolina. Goals of the project … Continued