Gannon Occupational Therapy Students Present at National Conference
Posted: April 25, 2017
Five students from the Occupational Therapy Doctorate
(OTD) program at Gannon University's Ruskin, Florida, campus
presented research at American Occupational Therapy Association's
(AOTA) Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration. Four faculty
members and 24 of the more than 50 students from the Ruskin campus
were also in attendance.
The students and their research subjects included: Whitney
Blankenship: "Systematic review of medication adherence measures
for children;" Adele Campbell: "Patient preference for home
exercise program provision: A survey study;" Selena Hengy:
"Understanding the self perceived occupational performance of
individuals with spinal cord injury using the COPM;" and Alexi
Richter and Samantha Barley: "Validated outcome measures used by
occupational therapists for autism spectrum disorders."
Eight students and two faculty members from the Erie campus also
attended the AOTA conference with five students making presentations. There were: Dhanvi Amin, Claudia Anukam, Jennifer Cobler, Lauren Dillon and Megan Theuerkauf: "Occupational therapy students' stigmatizing beliefs toward individuals with schizophrenia."
The conference attracted more than 500
occupational therapists to Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention
Occupational therapy is one of the largest majors at Gannon with
234 students enrolled in master's-level and OTD programs across
Gannon's two campuses. As professional practitioners, they will
focus on helping clients perform everyday activities to their
highest potential. Some examples include: Teaching Wounded Warriors
how to hold their children again after limb loss; helping babies in
the NICU learn to feed, breathe and swallow so they can thrive;
providing recommendations for assistive technology in the vehicle
or home so older adults can age safely; and helping stroke
survivors relearn how to bathe, groom, dress and cook for
themselves, among other occupations.