Academy of Research

Shula Parush, PhD, OTR

Dr. Parush is Senior Lecturer and Chairperson, Graduate Program, School of Occupational Therapy, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.  Her research interests are in developmental delays in pediatrics; early detection of children with developmental delays and preventive intervention. Sensory processing/modulation disorder, school function of children with special needs; developmental coordination disorder (DCD); and dyspraxia.  (Retrieved on August 7, 2015 from http://www.huji.ac.il/dataj/controller/ihoker/MOP-DEPARTMENT_DESCRIPTION_LINK?department_no=000486.)

 

 

Q and A

Identify three words that others have used to describe you. 
Dedicated, out-of-the-box thinker, leader.

How do you hope to make a difference in the world through research?

  • Executing quality research.
  • Educating professionals to consume and integrate research in their work to further evidence-based practice.
  • Publish, publish, publish!!!   
What is one piece of advice you have for individuals considering a career in science and research?

If you decide on a career in research, never compromise on the research methodology and conduct only the highest quality research to enable the research to be published in high impact scientific journals.

 

Beside your own areas of inquiry, what is one research priority that you believe is important for the future of occupational science and occupational therapy?

Technology.

 

Describe the most important role that mentors played in your professional journey.

The use of valid and reliable measures in addition to the traditional tools of occupational therapy.

 

Identify a favorite occupation that renews you outside of your work.

Reading for leisure.

 

What has been the most surprising or rewarding aspects of a career in science and research?

When analyzing the research data discovering that you are not always "proving the obvious" which makes it a real learning experience!!!

 

 

References

Mazor-Karsenty, T, Parush, S, Bonneh, Y & Shalev L.  (2015). Comparing the executive attention of adult females with ADHD to that of females with sensory modulation disorder (SMD) under aversive and non-aversive auditory conditions. Research in Developmental Disability, 37, 17-30.

Rihtman, T & Parush, S.  (2014). Suitability of the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M-FUN) for use with Israeli children. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, e1-e12. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.008573.

Tal-Saban, M, Ornoy, A & Parush S.  (2014). Young adults with developmental coordination disorder: a longitudinal study. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 307-316.


 

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