Misericordia University student and faculty researchers from the Department of Occupational Therapy recently presented their research findings at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2014 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., in April.
Students and faculty members from the department made a school-record 18 presentations at the national conference. The Misericordia researchers touched upon subjects, such as “Examining the Benefits of Community-Based Self-Help Groups for Persons with Chronic Health Conditions,” “Parental Perceptions of Adolescent Health and Wellness,’’ “Environmental Control Can Boost Patient Independence,’’ “Using Early Power Mobility to Advance Cognitive and Motor Skills,’’ “Community Education in Action: The 10 Tips Workshop Series,’’ and more.
Some of the participants at the conference included Jessica Miller, Sugar Notch, Pa.; Monica Wall, Pittston, Pa.; Samantha Panuski, Pittston Twp., Pa.; Bonnie Hardik, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Gabrielle Ruffino, Milford, N.J., and Noelle Lopopollo, Nanuet, N.Y.; Jaimie Washofer, Waldwick, N.J.; Jessica Roe, Hallstead, Pa.; Colleen Noga, Marlton, N.J.; Dana Kinter, Lehman, Pa.; Joseph McGarry, Inkerman, Pa., and Sirley Marin-Pareja, Allentown, Pa.; Allison Ortman, Cape May Courthouse, N.J.; Chelsea Boyer, Oley, Pa.; Jerilyn Firlik, Big Flats, N.Y.; Ashley Benz, Philadelphia, Pa., and Alanna Holmgren, Valhalla, N.Y.; fourth row, James Miller, Ashland, Pa.; Dr. Grace Fisher, chair, Department of Occupational Therapy; Catherine Strbo, Middletown, N.J.; Katie O’Hearn, Scranton, Pa., and Dr. Gwen Bartolacci, associate professor; Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, associate professor; Dr. Joseph Cipriani, professor; Denis Anson, adjunct instructor, and Mimi Ludwig, adjunct instructor.
Misericordia University offers a five-year, entry-level master’s degree program in occupational therapy for students who are embarking on their collegiate careers and would like to become occupational therapists. MU also has a weekend program for people who already are certified occupational therapy assistants or who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy and would like to become qualified OTs. A post-professional pediatric certificate program for practicing OTs, as well as a post-professional master’s degree and doctoral program in OT also are available.
For more information about the Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
From Misericordia University