Columbia OT at AOTA 2017

Our students, faculty, and staff had a wonderful time at the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association conference in Philadelphia last week.

For the first time ever, we had a booth in the expo hall to promote our OTD and EdD programs.  The booth was manned by faculty and staff and our programs got a lot of attention.

Our students, faculty, and alumni presented workshops and posters on a variety of topics.  Dr. Dawn Nilsen and Dr. Glen Gillen presented a pre-conference workshop.

Professor Phyllis Mirenberg Simon and her student research team presented a poster on their outstanding work creating LGBTQ competence for clinicians and promoting quality of life and positive health outcomes for this underserved population.

Dr. Sharon Gutman and Dr. Emily Raphael presented their recent work on homelessness and supportive housing with their talented research students. This area of research has been their passion for years.

Alumni of the MS and EdD programs also presented several posters.

Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler presented at the State of the Science Symposium on the science of resilience, with nods to Professor Pamela Miller.  The four presentations will be featured in an upcoming issue of OTJR. 

Columbia students won the St. Catherine Challenge, raising more than $8000 for occupational therapy research.   We were the only school to reach the Diamond Level.

We also had a wonderful time at our alumni and friends reception on Friday.  Many of our students were able to make the trip to Philly and got a chance to network with alumni.

Columbia was also featured a few times in the Centennial celebration video highlighting the history of OT.  Check it out here: http://www.otcentennial.org/video/history-of-occupational-therapy

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