Sandra Edwards Colloquium

This annual series is funded by an endowment from Sandra Edwards and her husband Al Garcia. Sandra Edwards is a native of Gainesville, Florida, and a 1965 graduate of the UF Occupational Therapy program.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Functional Cognition in Occupational Therapy: Assessment, Intervention and Technology Across the Lifespan

8:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Live Virtual Online Event

Earn up to 4 CEU’s


8:30 – 8:45 AM


Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Michael Perri, PhD, ABPP
Dean, College of Public Health and Health Professions

Drs. Sherrilene Classen and Michael Perri collage photo

8:45 – 9:00 AM


C.J. Liu, PhD, OTR/L
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Sandra Edwards, M.A., OTR, FAOTA
Alumna, Class of 1965, Department of Occupational Therapy

Dr. CJ Liu and Ms. Sandra Edwards collage photo

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Functional Cognition: History and Theoretical Concepts

Timothy Wolf, OTD, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri

Dr. Timothy Wolf photo

10:10 – 11:00 AM


Utilizing Technology to Improve the Lives of Adults with Dementia and Their Care Partners at Home: A Smart Home Demonstration

Paul Arthur, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana

Lisa Fournier, DSL, MPM
Project Coordinator, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, University of Southern Indiana

Dr. Paul Arthur and Ms. Lisa Fournier collage photo

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Plenary Session

Assessments of Functional Cognition: Building the Capacity for Clinical and Scholarly Collaborations

Lenin Grajo, PhD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy), Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Dr. Lenin Grajo photo

12:00 – 12:45 PM

Panel Discussion

Functional Cognition Considerations in OT

Christine Myers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP
Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Doctor Of Occupational Therapy Program

Drs. Christine Myers, Jamie Pomeranz, and Linda Struckmeyer panel photo


Dr. Timothy Wolf photo


Timothy Wolf, OTD, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Dean for Research and Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri. Director of the Performance, Participation and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. Dr. Wolf’s lab generates knowledge that guides intervention aimed at improving participation in work and community activities post- neurological injury. The majority of this research is with individuals with stroke and cancer-related cognitive impairment. The two primary objectives are: (1) to identify and manage cognitive deficits to improve participation after neurological injury; and (2) to investigate the efficacy of self-management education and cognitive-strategy training based interventions to improve health and participation outcomes after neurological injury. His lab has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 10 years and has also received funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience, and the Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement Center. Dr. Wolf is also Editor-in-Chief of OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.

Dr. Lenin Grajo photo


Lenin Grajo, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Programs, Columbia University in New York City. He has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 18 years and has practiced in the Philippines and the US. His research has focused on the application of Occupational Adaptation theory in instrument development and testing the effectiveness of interventions for children with specific learning disabilities, with particular focus on children with reading difficulties. He received extensive training in using the Rasch model of measurement to provide empirical support for substantive validity of assessment tools.

Dr. Paul Arthur photo


Paul Arthur, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana. His research experience includes non-pharmacological management of challenging behaviors in persons with dementia and caregiving in Alzheimer's disease. His clinical interests are in older adults with memory impairments and their caregivers. Dr. Arthur is an advisory board member of the MINKA Smart Home Incubation Lab. He has completed technology simulation projects involving occupational therapy, nursing, social work, and medicine. He will draw on his clinical experience to share how smart home technology can support occupation and participation for people with cognitive impairments and their care partners.

Lisa Fournier photo


Lisa Fournier, DSL, MPM

A former care partner for her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Fournier has the calling to share what she had learned from walking this path with her mom to other caregivers after her mom passed away. Currently, Dr. Fournier is actively involved in dementia related projects as a project coordinator at the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program at the University of Southern Indiana, including the MINKA Smart Home Incubation Lab. She will discuss the potential of using technology to support caregiving based on her personal experience.

Meet the Planning Committee

Drs. CJ Liu, Justin Mason, Nichole Stetten and Ms. Peggy Ford collage photo
Drs. CJ Liu, Justin Mason, Nichole Stetten, and Ms. Peggy Ford

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