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Faculty Feature: Ryan Lavalley Focuses on Community Practice

July 18, 2022

Ryan Lavalley (PhD ’19), is an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy who places focus on applying OT skills and interventions in community settings. A 2019 graduate of the PhD in Occupational Science program here at UNC-Chapel Hill, Lavalley has been quick to make deep connections on campus and in … Continued

Khalilah Johnson (’16 PhD) Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Scholars for Action Award

November 23, 2021

Dr. Khalilah Johnson has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Scholars for Action award. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the UNC School of Medicine. The $250,000 grant will support her project, Disrupting the Cycle of Inaccessible … Continued

Amanda Carroll, PhD, Examines Links Between Military Service, Occupation, Resilience and Aging in Veterans

November 10, 2021

In the fall of 2017, Amanda Carroll ’09 (’12 MS, ’21 PhD) returned to UNC to pursue a PhD in occupational science with a goal of better understanding the relationships between military service, occupational participation, resilience and successful aging for older U.S. military veterans. “I’ve always been interested in military culture and the way it … Continued

Lavalley Honored with Carolina Award for Outstanding Public Service

April 21, 2021

At the annual Public Service Awards event held on April 15, Ryan Lavalley, post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was among 11 individuals and one organization honored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for outstanding contributions to the campus and broader communities. This year’s event was … Continued

University’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion Awards Khalilah Johnson (’16 PhD) with 2021 MLK Unsung Hero Award

January 28, 2021

Khalilah Johnson has received a 2021 MLK Unsung Hero Award from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative of the Office of the Provost at UNC-Chapel Hill. The awards, given annually, recognize those who have exemplified a commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Johnson, an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science … Continued

Jane Davis Rourk (May 14, 1938 – January 3, 2021)

January 12, 2021

It is with sadness that the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy shares news of Jane Davis Rourk’s recent death. It is with appreciation that we say goodbye to this extraordinary and humble leader and friend. Rourk, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA, was an associate professor of occupational therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was a leader … Continued

Michelle Ballasiotes ‘20 Receives Southern Association of Allied Health Deans Student Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award

December 11, 2020

Michelle Ballasiotes ‘20, a first-year master’s degree student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, has received the Student, Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award from the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans (SAAHD).  Ballasiotes, who had a stroke before she was born, participated in weekly physical and occupational therapy for more than … Continued