Gannon University Professor Serves on Keynote Panel
Posted: December 27, 2017
Gannon University Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Bernadette Hattjar recently served on a keynote panel at the
Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association's annual
Hattjar was one of four occupational therapists invited to sit
on the panel, "Our History, Our Present, and Our Future," at the
"It was really quite an honor," to be asked to participate in
the panel, said Hattjar, Dr OT, M.Ed., OTR/L. The panel is one of
the featured events at the annual gathering of occupational
therapists, which typically draws 700 or more attendees each year,
Hattjar said she spoke of challenges she's faced, and how those
challenges have given her new perspective and shaped her into a
better clinician and teacher.
"It's a matter of making lemonade out of lemons," she said
later. "A lot of things … have changed the way I perceive things
for myself. I think that also translates into how you work and gain
appreciation for other people, other opportunities and other things
that happen in your life."
She urges students and early-career occupational therapists to
learn from every experience, positive or negative, and apply those
lessons to their work.
"Everything that happens to you, you learn something from," she
said. "How do you translate that into who you are, both
professionally and personally?"