The Occupational Therapy department is taking action to start addressing a culture change that is both necessary and critical so that each one of our black students and each one of our black colleagues feel that they matter- that means to feel valued and to feel that they can contribute to the value of the department, the college, and the profession.
Recently, Dr. Jamie Pomeranz was appointed as the Director of the Social and Behavioral Science concentration in the PhD program in Public Health and as the Coordinator of the Social and Behavioral Science Program Faculty.
Second-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) students engaged in community-based projects across the Gainesville region under the direction of Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Prerna Poojary- Mazzotta.
The Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, invites applications for a graduate research assistantship as part of the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program. This assistantship, under the mentorship of Dr. Sherrilene Classen, will begin in January 2020. The graduate research assistant will engage in multidisciplinary research with a focus on driving rehabilitation science and community mobility, in medically at risk populations, through the lifespan. This position will provide intensive training in all aspects of research and rehabilitation science. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a field that can be applied to research in rehabilitation science; have professional/clinical experience in a rehabilitation related area; be committed to scholarly work in rehabilitation science; and be committed to an interdisciplinary educational philosophy and training model. Applicants are preferably licensed/license-eligible as an occupational therapist in the state of Florida.
The Department of Occupational Therapy had a strong presence at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference held in New Orleans.
Students with learning and attention disorders face obstacles related to managing occupational and life demands during their transitions to adult roles. Occupational therapists are ideally suited to facilitate the occupational role and performance of high achieving youth with learning and/or attention disorders (L/AD) in preparation for and during the transition to adult roles and contexts through college pathways. However, greater understanding of these young people’s broad-ranging needs and challenges across academic, career development, social, and daily life contexts is necessary. This presentation describes challenges faced by young adult college students with L/AD, a multi-faceted approach for supporting these students used at the University of Florida, and insights learned from academically successful undergraduates with L/AD that can be used to guide both research and practice.
First year OTD student, Jianne Apostol, has been accepted into the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) Leadership Development program.
The Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) annual meeting was held in October. Forty-two faculty members and students from the Department of Occupational Therapy took advantage of this opportunity to present their scientific work via workshops, short courses, and poster presentations.
The University of Florida International Center honored a College of Public Health and Health Professions faculty member and several graduate students during International Education Week, held November 12 to 16. Shabnam Medhizadah, a doctoral student in the rehabilitation science program who hails from Canada, was awarded with a certificate of excellence.
The OTD program is the first and only entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy in the Florida State University System. The program was approved by the Board of Governors last year and will graduate the first class in 2021.