newsletter of the AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
Happy New Year from the AOTF Institute for the Study of
Occupation and Health!
As we enter 2008, we thank you for your continued support of
our programs, and we wish you and your colleagues every success in your
research and related initiatives.
This new year will see the AOTF Institute expand its
scanning of the research environment and build strategically on its
existing research networks. To this end, please look for more frequent
AOTF Research Resources News Alerts containing timely and valuable research
and related information.
Please also look for us to grow our engagements in key
research and related circles, including those associated with the
National Institutes of Health, the Disability and Health Workgroup of the
National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Federal
Interagency Committee on Disability Research.
Finally, during the coming months you can also expect to see
the AOTF Institute expand its connections to other health
foundations, which are seeding important research initiatives, and to the
nation's leading nonprofit authority on philanthropy, The Foundation
Center, which offers valuable resources for researchers within the field
of occupational therapy and across allied disciplines of the sciences,
social sciences, and humanities.
Of course, our strategic collaborations with the American
Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will continue as well, and
especially with regard to our joint support of the AOTA-AOTF Research
Advisory Panel of experts in occupational therapy. Established during the
spring of 2007, the panel advises the AOTA and AOTF boards of directors
in several matters, including the translation of research to
education and practice, and the review of the research agenda
of the profession and its alignment with national research
priorities and emerging social and technology issues. The panel also
fosters critical analyses of issues related to the delivery of services,
evolution of theories, and the overall body of knowledge relevant to occupational
Members of the panel include the following individuals
appointed by the AOTA and AOTF presidents. My colleagues and I are
grateful to work with them to guide the profession in the best ways
toward excellence in research:
Joan Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (chair)
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Joyce Engel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Joy M. Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Mary Law, PhD, OT(C)
Mary C. Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L
Trudy R. Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L, NZROT
William Charles Mann, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Mary Lynn Schneider, PhD, OTR
Please join me in thanking these experts for their time and
their participation in the integral work of the AOTA-AOTF Research
So, a new year is upon us and with it a new frontier of
opportunity to advance the AOTF Institute's research and related programs
for the benefit of occupational therapy and for many communities beyond.
We thank you again for your participation in our programs, for your
engagement in our mission, and for sharing AOTF Research Resources
with your colleagues.
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Director, Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
Watch for AOTF
Events at the AOTA
2008 Conference in Long Beach, California
Events sponsored by the AOTF Institute
for the Study of Occupation and Health
Wednesday, April 9
11:30 a.m. -3:30
p.m. Japanese Garden Tour and Lunch
12:00 - 6:30
001 AOTA/AOTF Academic Writing in Occupational Therapy
005 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
8 - 11 a.m. Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) Plenary
Session - open to all
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Qualitative Research Exchange (QRE)
9 - 11 p.m. AOTF Gala & Silent Auction
7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast With a Scholar
2 - 5 p.m. Research
Colloquium & Tea
Join Our List
State of the Science Workshop: Quality of Life
A free interdisciplinary conference
sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University,
and Walter Reed Army Medical Center to be held on Friday, January 18,
2008, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 7:30am-4:30pm.
Registration is via the University
of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories. Registration
deadline is January 9, 2008, 5 p.m. EST.
Conference to Discuss Challenges in Disaster Planning
for Special Needs Populations
International Conference on
Maryland is the site of the IASTED International Conference on Assistive
Technologies AT 2008
Life Technology on April 16 - 18, 2008. Papers due January 10, 2008.
New Titles in Medicine from
Cambridge University Press
& Mooney, G. (Eds.). (2007) The
Economics of Health Equity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Vallar, G. & Shallice, T. (Eds.). (2007) Neuropsychological
Impairments of Short-Term Memory, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
van Luyn, B., Akhtar, S. & LIvesley, W. John (Eds.). (2007) Severe
Personality Disorders, Cambridge: Cambridge
& Related Resources
That All May Read - Resources
of the NLS
Free, accurate information on many neurological
disorders is now available on a new
Spanish language website from the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The website is available at
<>. Publications can be downloaded or ordered free of charge. The
website also provides information on clinical studies, links to
non-profit organizations that offer information and assistance on
neurological disorders, and a contact form where people can submit
questions on topics related to health and biomedical research.
Conference Questions Democratic Ideal
CAPPE 3rd international interdisciplinary conference, What's
the Big Deal about Democracy?, will take place at the
University of Brighton, United Kingdom, September 8-10,
2008. It is widely assumed that it is simply self-evident
that democracy is the best system of government: imperfect, but better
than anything else. Why? What does democracy have to recommend it? What
are the assumptions that lie behind democracy? These and related issues
will be of interest to people working in, among other areas,
philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international
relations, cultural studies, history, government and law.
Abstracts are due by February 1, 2008.
on Health Information Systems Interoperability
Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC) and the Integrating the
Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) invite public health, clinical and
information technology experts to review the White Paper on Building a Roadmap
for Health Information Systems Interoperability for Public Health.
The public review period will be open through January 19, 2008.
To download the White Paper, please go to Instructions to Submit Your
Comments: Please submit your comments to the thread Public Comments on PHDSC White Paper
ICDR Seeks Comments for Future
The Interagency Committee on Disability
Research (ICDR) seeks comments on research needs related to
disability and rehabilitation. The ICDR analyzes public comments, along
with other sources of information, to make recommendations for future
research directions and to coordinate the federal research effort in
disability. By completing the public comment form researchers
can help bring attention to important research issues.
Announcements & Resources
Understand the NSF Review
Through its merit review process, the
National Science Foundation (NSF) ensures that proposals submitted are
reviewed in a fair, competitive, transparent, and in-depth
manner. The Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) provides guidance for the
preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. The goal of this Merit
Review website is to help you better understand the NSF
merit review process as well as identify resources for additional
an e-grantmaking website shared by many government, non-profit, and
private grant-making organizations. Over twenty thousand applicants and
reviewers interact electronically with the grant makers that are
members of proposalCENTRAL.
Funding Resource in Sciences
GrantsNet is a
one-stop resource to find funds for training in the sciences and
undergraduate science education. Through the support of HHMI and AAAS,
this service is completely free.
Resource for Locating Behavioral and Social Science
is designed to help behavioral and social scientists find research
funding. It has been designed to be specific to behavioral and social
science research, freely available with no subscription costs, and
responsive to your needs and feedback.
The FundSource database includes short descriptions;
contact information; and web links to programs in federal agencies,
foundations, and international organizations that fund behavioral and
social science research.
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