Kathryn Diamant (’20 MS OT) completed her final fieldwork experience in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Carrboro nonprofit Club Nova by using her training in the field and innovative technology to support the club’s members from a distance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Club Nova, which uses an international … Continued
Kate Hickert ‘18, a second-year master’s student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, has launched a student-led book club in hopes of creating a lasting impact when it comes to discussions surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book club began in April following the news of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, … Continued
The Carolina Center for Public Service has awarded second-year occupational science PhD student Kierra Peak ‘14 with a 2020 Community Engagement Fellowship. Peak and her research partner, Lindsay Rentschler, a doctoral student in the School of Education, plan to host workshops to empower parents with adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their joint project, … Continued
As our country struggles with the tragedies and trauma that have occurred over the past week stemming from centuries of racism, we cannot and will not stay silent. The deaths of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless more Black Americans are unjust and unacceptable. The faculty of the Division of Occupational Science and … Continued
HEELS Prep, an interdisciplinary collaboration designed to support young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), has moved to an online format for summer 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; organizers hope the program will continue to support these individuals as they transition to adulthood.
UNC Health Talk recently featured Raheleh Tschoepe ’04 (MS ’06) and Jennifer “Jenny” Womack (MS ’89; MA ’09) in an article about returning home from the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Tschoepe and Womack are occupational therapists and professors in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Raheleh Tschoepe, MS, OTR/L, is an … Continued
A continuing education ethics event hosted in March by the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy—originally intended for an in-person audience—drew more than 400 participants after it moved online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The student-planned event, titled “Racism in OT Practice: Addressing Ethical Dilemmas and Promoting Justice,” was part of a … Continued
Elizabeth Hart (’14 MS) is relying on her training as an occupational therapist (OT) during the COVID-19 pandemic; Hart works at a local retirement community and credits the versatility of her degree to help residents maintain quality of life. Prior to the pandemic, Hart’s typical day included working with residents in skilled nursing or in … Continued
Susan Szendrey, a PhD student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, has contributed to a resource to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource is available through a partnership with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.