Occupational Therapy News and Achievements
June 6, 2017   //   By:   //   Achievements
APRIL 2017

Tamera Keiter Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy and department chair attended and presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, which took place March 30 – April 2, 2017, in Philadelphia. It also was the centennial celebration of the Occupational Therapy Profession.  She presented the paper, “‘Therapeutic Use of Self’ in occupational therapy practice: A historical reflection of the desire for greater connectedness.”

O.T. students attended and gave various presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, March 30 – April 2, 2017 in Philadelphia. It also was the centennial celebration of the Occupational Therapy Profession.  Presentations included:

Adam Amspacher and Nicole Brackman, with faculty advisor Debbie Waltermire, lecturer: “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Occupational Therapy Private Practice.”

Nicole Carlin MS ’16, Andrea Keady MS ’16 and Emily Mason MS ’16 with faculty advisor Debbie Waltermire, lecturer: “Physical Activity in Children with and without Congenital Heart Defects.”

Marla Peiffer MS ’16 with her faculty advisor Kerri Hample, assistant professor: “Dental Care and Intellectual and Developmental Disability:  Occupational Therapy’s Role.”

Leah Newman MS ’16 with faculty advisor Kerri Hample: “Autism, Dietary Modifications and the Social Participation and Roles of Caregivers: A Comparison Study.”

Ashley Cox: “An exploration of how occupational therapy students’ experiences studying abroad affect fieldwork and practice.”

Victoria Giaquinto MS ’16, Christina Gilley MS ’16, Robin Kreiser MS ‘16, Rebecca Lane MS ’16, Hunter Smith MS ’16 and Victoria Snyder MS ’16 presented a poster with their faculty advisor Linda Leimbach, ScD, OTR/L, assistant professor. The poster was titled “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility in Occupational Therapy: Current Practices and Moving Forward.”

Bronwyn Keller, MS, OTR/L, and Chris Achenbach were invited by AOTA to provide the Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program. This program was presented to 26 attendees on March 29 and 30.

February 2017

Nicole Brackman, Occupational Therapy graduate student, was selected as a participant for the second annual American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy. The institute is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Boston University. In addition, Brackman will attend the AOTF Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars June 2-3, 2017. This is an opportunity to engage in mentoring and develop research-centered networks. Brackman earned a highly competitive scholarship to attend these events.

October 2016

Victoria Giaquinto MS’16, Rebecca Lane MS’16, Hunter Smith MS’16 and Victoria Snyder MS’16, presented a poster, titled “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility in Occupational Therapy,” at the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference on Oct. 22, 2016. Contributing authors were Linda Leimbach, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Christina Gilley MS’16 and Robin Kreiser MS’16.

Occupational therapy faculty members, students and recent graduates gave multiple presentations at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, Oct. 14 and 15, 2016, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • Christine Achenbach, fieldwork coordinator, and Erin Horting MS’16, presented “Challenge Yourself: Creating a Conference Proposal with Confidence.”
  • Kerri Hample, assistant professor of occupational therapy, along with Cathy Dolhi ’79, presented “Advocacy 101: The Whats, Whys & Hows of Professional Advocacy.”
  • Terri Reichley Dennehy, lecturer of occupational therapy, presented “Intraprofessional Collaboration: Innovations in OT/OTA Academia.” Dennehy, also presented “Using Popular Culture to Educate Clients with Spinal Cord Injuries,” with Nicole Cwiertniewicz MS’16, Kathryn Joe MS’16 and Meghan Sarik MS’16.
  • Christine Achenbach ’86, fieldwork coordinator, presented “Creating Fieldwork Solutions to Pennsylvania’s Site Shortage.”
  • Deborah Waltermire ’88, lecturer of occupational therapy,  Rebecca Patten MS’16, Allison Kelly MS’16, Carolyn Leedy MS’16, Payton Marunich MS’16 and Kristen Russ MS’16 presented “Truckin’ Along: Occupational Therapy and Wellness.” Contributing authors are Ann Marie Potter,  lecturer of occupational therapy,  and Samantha Bruno MS’16.
  • Judy B. Ericksen ’80, associate professor of occupational therapy, Megan Stauffer MS’16, Colette Hinton MS’16, Jaina Shirk MS’16 and Brittany Ricedorf MS’16 presented “Wellness Program Perspectives for Female Adolescents At-Risk.”
  • Christine Achenbach, fieldwork coordinator, and Tracy Nornhold, adjunct faculty member, presented “Expanding Opportunities: A Psychosocial/Physical Disabilities Fieldwork Hybrid.”

Poster presentations were:

  • Tamera Keiter Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy and department chair, Erin M. Kelly MS’16, Jennifer Brandt MS’16 and Katelyn Colyer MS’16 presented “Clients’ Perspectives of Meaningful Healthcare Relationships.”
  • Christine Achenbach ’86, fieldwork coordinator, along with Heidi Weidemoyer MS’16, Maureen Docker MS’16 and Erin N. Kelly MS’16, presented “Exploring Electroencephalographic Neurofeedback for an Individual Experiencing Anxiety.”
  • Angela Salvadia’79, Beth Hildebrand MS’16, Sabrina Light MS’16 and Amanda Wenrich MS’16 presented “Quality of Life after Stroke: A Thematic Analysis.”
  • Deborah Waltermire ’88, lecturer of occupational therapy, Nicole Brackman ’16 and Adam Amspacher ’16 presented “The Affordable Care Act and Occupational Therapy Private Practice.”
  • Victoria Snyder MS’16 presented “Results of a Self-Care Initiative and Quality of Life (QOL) Improvement on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.”
September 2016

Tam Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy and department chair, and three occupational therapy alumni Rachel Turkovich MS’15, Kelly Van Clief MS ’15 and Elizabeth VanBuskirk MS’15 recently had a book review published in the journal “Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.”

Summer 2016

Kerri Hample, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Leah Newman MS’16 presented a poster, titled “Autism, Dietary Modifications, and the Social Participation and Roles of Caregivers: A Comparison Study,” at the 2016 National Autism Conference in State College, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 3, 2016. This presentation was based on Leah’s graduate research project. Of the presenters from all over the United States, only three occupational therapists were selected to share research with behaviorists, teachers, speech language clinicians, parents and consumers.

Tam Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy, and alums Christine Maley MS’14, Nicole Pagana MS’14 and Christa Velenger MS ’14 had their report, “Dealing with major life events and transitions: A systematic literature review on and occupational analysis of spirituality,” published by American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

April 2016

Kurt DeGoede, professor of engineering and physics, Christina Hoban ’15, Natalie Hrynkiewicz ’15 and Jillian Miller ’15 contributed to the poster, “Developing the Electronic-Movement Analysis Tool (E-MAT): Detecting Changes in Tremor,” presented by Dan Panchik, associate professor of occupational therapy, at the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association conference.

Tamara K. Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy, published “Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: A Model for Practice and Research,” with AOTA Press.

Tamara K. Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy, along with Corrine Zannetti McGrail ’14, Nicole Pagana ’14, Kelly Van Clief ’14, Christa Velenger ’14 and Jeanne Wenos, P.Ed. presented the workshop “Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: Practice Considerations, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and a Conceptual Model.”

Tamara K. Humbert, associate professor of occupational therapy and Robin Kreiser presented the poster “Nonpharmacological Interventions for Sundowning Behaviors: A MOHO Perspective.

Dan Panchik, associate professor of occupational therapy, attended the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association conference, April 1 through 3, in Memphis Tennessee.

Dan Panchik, associate professor of occupational therapy, presented two posters at the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association conference. “Clinical Perspectives on the Utility of the Electronic-Hand Assessment Tool II (E-HAT II)” included Kurt DeGoede, professor of engineering and physics

Ann Marie Potter, lecturer in occupational therapy, Monica Loranger ’15, Carly Stull ’15 and Megan Tursi ’15 presented the poster “A Comparison of Life Activities and Participation Across Three Cancer Types: Lung, Ovarian, and Metastatic Breast” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference, April 7 through 10 in Chicago, Illinois.

Angela Salvadia, lecturer in occupational therapy; Jannessa Miller ’15; Jacqueline Nunn ’15; and Kala Swope ’15 presented the poster “Perceived Quality of Life After Stroke” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference, April 7 through 10 in Chicago, Illinois.

About the Author :

E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.