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Research Colloquium
The AOTF Institute's annual Research Colloquium features cutting-edge science and dynamic engagement of questions vital to the present and future of occupational therapy and interdisciplinary research. This page features details of the 2008 and 2009 colloquia.
 
The 2009 Research Colloquium
 
The 2009 Colloquium, which was held in Houston, Texas, on Friday, April 24, welcomed Leroy Chiao, PhD - veteran NASA astronaut of four space flights and former Commander and Science Officer of the International Space Station - who shared his experiences, as well as scientists from occupational therapy and allied disciplines whose research intersects with NASA as the agency addresses not only the challenges of living outside earth and after reentry from space, but also the benefits of such research for understanding daily activity on our planet.
 
Joining Dr. Chiao in this dynamic program was Jeffrey P. Sutton, MD, PhD, Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute; Helen S. Cohen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Baylor College of Medicine); Jacob J. Bloomberg, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Neuroscience Laboratories, Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Division (NASA/Johnson Space Center); Lauren Leveton, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Behavioral Health and Performance Division, (NASA/Johnson Space Center). Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, of Tufts University, moderated the program and the subsequent discussion period.
Listen to the proceedings here:
 
Welcome and Introduction of Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
~ presented by ~
JEFFREY S REZNICK, PHD
Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
 
 
 
Introduction of the Colloquium and Helen S. Cohen, EDD, OTR, FAOTA
~ presented by ~
LINDA TICKLE-DEGNEN, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Director, Health Quality of Life Lab
Member AOTF Academy of Research
Tufts University
 
 
"Space Research, Adaptive Behavior, and Functional Performance"
~ presented by ~
HELEN S. COHEN, EDD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor, Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Member AOTF Academy of Research
Baylor College of Medicine
 
 
" Overview of the Research Portfolio of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute"
~ presented by ~
JEFFREY P. SUTTON, MD, PHD
President and Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute
 
 
 
" Improving Astronaut Functional Mobility after Space Flight using Adaptability Training"
~ presented by ~
JACOB J. BLOOMBERG, PHD
Senior Research Scientist, Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Division
NASA/Johnson Space Center
 
 
"Behavioral Health and Performance Tools and Technologies to Prevent and Mitigate Risks in Space and after Reentry"
~ presented by ~
LAUREN LEVETON, PHD
Element Manager, Behavioral Health and Performance, Human Research Program, Space Medicine Division
NASA/Johnson Space Center
 
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" Occupational Performance: Perspectives of a Space Station Commander"
~ presented by ~
LEROY CHIAO, PhD ASTRONAUT
Chairman, User Panel of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute
 
 
 
Discussion and Conclusion
 
 
The 2008 Research Colloquium

In 2008, the Colloquium looked to the future as it recognized a milestone in the history of AOTF and the profession of occupational therapy, the 25th anniversary of the AOTF Academy of Research. Entitled "Charting the Past, Present, and Future of Research in Occupational Therapy" and moderated by the the 2008 chair of the Academy, Mary Law, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), the program focused specifically on the results of current research in selected areas that reflect major research trends critical to the development of the profession in the twenty-first century. These areas include occupation and health, participation in occupations across the lifespan, influences of neuroscience on occupation, and research methods and interdisciplinary perspectives. Speakers included Dr. Law, Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA.

Listen to the 2008 AOTF Institute Research Colloquium. Note: Portions of these audio captures have been edited to enhance sound quality. Additionally, audio of the discussion has been redacted out of respect for audience participants who did not formally give permission for recording of their participation.
 
Listen to the proceedings here:
 
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
~ presented by ~
JEFFREY S REZNICK, PHD
Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
and
CHARLES CHRISTIANSEN, EDD, OTR/L
Executive Director, AOTF

 
Introduction of the Colloquium
~ presented by ~
MARY LAW, PHD, OT REG (ONT), FCAOT, FCAHS (moderator)
Professor and Associate Dean Rehabilitation Science
Co-Founder, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Member of the AOTF Academy of Research
McMaster University
 
 
"Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy: Linking the Brain to Everyday Life"
~ presented by ~
WINIFRED DUNN, PHD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor & Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy Education
Member of the AOTF Academy of Research
University of Kansas Medical Center
 
 
"In Search of a New Paradigm of Care for Older Adults with Chronic Illness"
~ presented by ~
LAURA GITLIN, PHD
Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health
Thomas Jefferson University
Member of the AOTF Academy of Research
Jefferson College of Health Professions
 
 
"From Technique to Translation: What Have We Learned in 25 Years?"
~ presented by ~
KEN OTTENBACHER, PHD, OTR, FAOTA
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair
Professor & Director Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Member of the AOTF Academy of Research
University of Texas Medical Branch
 
 
"Participation in Occupations: What We Know and Need to Know"
~ presented by ~
MARY LAW, PHD, OT REG (ONT), FCAOT, FCAHS
Professor and Associate Dean Rehabilitation Science
Co-Founder, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Member of the AOTF Academy of Research
McMaster University

 
Discussion and Conclusion