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Research Colloquium

An AOTF tradition from 1982 to 2014, the Research Colloquium provided a forum where scientists can engage in the important process of constructive critique and dialogue.

  • 2014 Health Services Research:  A Priority for Occupational Therapy in Healthcare Reform.  Keynote and Moderator: Barbara Gage, PhD, The Brookings Institution.  Presenters: Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L, NZROT, Nancy Flinn, PhD, OTR/L, St. Catherine University, Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCG, University of Southern California.

  • 2013 A New Era of Rehabilitation Research in Occupational Therapy: Science and Scientists. Moderators:  Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and featured the research in progress and professional journeys of early stage scientists who have received funding from Rehabilitation Research Career Development Training Grants: Barbara Doucet, PhD, OTR, (Neuromechanical Interventions for upper extremity motor recovery in chronic stroke); Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR, (Regional variation in patient-centered outcomes for inpatient stroke rehabilitation); and Timothy Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, (Strategy training interventions to approve participation in home, work, and community activities following mild stroke).  See Galleries below for photos.

  • 2012 Translating Cognitive Research Into Clinical Practice. Moderator: Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, (Challenges in the development of EEG-guided rehabilitation). Panel: Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, (Challenges and lessons learned in assessments of executive abilities in people with stroke); Naomi Josman, PhD, OTR, (Challenges and lessons learned using the virtual action planning-supermarket to investigate executive functions and instrumental activities of daily living); Becky Russell, OTR/L, (Strengths and the challenges of bringing lab to life: a clinician's perspective); and Joan Toglia, PhD, Challenges and lessons learned in intervention of awareness deficits in people with TBI).  See Galleries below for photos.

  • 2011 Sensory Processing Disorders in Occupational Therapy:  Mapping Pathways of Understanding from Cages to Clinics to Communities. Moderator: Shelly Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Speakers: Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, (The sensory experiences project: Translational research with children with autism); Stacey E. Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L, (Use of rodent models in the study of sensory processing disorders); Mary Schneider, PhD, OTR, A non-human primate model of atypical sensory processing: brain, behavior, stress reactivity and genes).

  • 2010 Research on the Role of Environments in Promoting Occupation, Participation, and Health. Moderator: Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA. Speakers: Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, (Capturing the influence of environment on children's participation); Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, (Evaluating how environmental barriers and supports affect home and community participation of people with disabilities); Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, (Creating a virtual home modification experience based on evidence of a real world); Jon Sanford, MArch (We built it and no one came: So now what?).

  • 2009 Life in Space: Research on Occupational Performance and Reflections of a NASA astronaut. Moderator: Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Speakers: Leroy Chiao, PhD, astronaut, (Occupational Performance: perspectives of a space station commander); Jacob J. Bloomberg, PhD, (Improving astronaut functional mobility after space flight using adaptability training); Helen S. Cohen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, (Space research, adaptive behavior, and functional performance); Lauren Leveton, PhD, (Behavioral health and performance tools and technologies to prevent and mitigate risks in space and after reentry); Jeffrey P. Sutton, MD, (Overview of the research portfolio of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute).

  • 2008 Charting the past, present, and turtle of research in occupational therapy. Moderator: Mary Law, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT, FCAHS. (Participation in occupations: what we know and need to know). Speakers: Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, (Neuroscience and occupational therapy: linking the brain to everyday life); Laura Gitlin, PhD, (In search of a new paradigm of care for older adults with chronic illness); Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, (From technique to translation: what have we learned in 25 years?).

  • 2007  The significance of population research for occupational therapy.  Moderator: Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, (Population-based health promotion perspective for older driver safety: conceptual framework to intervention plan); Sun Wook Lee, MS, OTR/L, Diane Smith, PhD, OTR/L, (Disability, gender and unemployment relationships in the United States from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system); Renee Taylor, PhD, (A population-based study of chronic fatigue syndrome).

  • 2006  Health Disparities: Research Promoting Social Justice.  Moderator: Terry K. Crowe, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Presenters: Brenda Beagan, PhD, (Strong Black women: everyday racism and the daily occupations of Black Nova Scotian women); Anne Blakeney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Amy Marshall, MS, OTR/L, (Occupational justice in the Appalachian coal fields); Bonnie Kennedy, PhD, OTR, (Participation, occupation, stress, and symptoms of women with HIV);  Reg Urbanowski, EdD, OT(C), Reg. (NS), (The use of mediated empowerment and community-based research in the development of living space).

  • 2005 Synthesis of anatomy of a scholar: identity, teaching and research. Moderator: Elena Andresen, PhD.  Presenters: Winifred Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Michael Iwama, PhD, OT(C), Debra Stewart, PhD, OTR(C), Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L.

  • 2004 Occupational therapy and the Environment: Beyond client-centered practice.  Moderator: Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA. Presenters: Mary Ann McColl, PhD, Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, OT(C), Reg NS, FCAOT, Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR, Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR.

  • 2003 International Classification of Function and Disability: social participation, sensory processing, and participatory action research. Moderator: Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA. Presenters: M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Monica Perlmutter, MA, OTR, (Impact of stroke on activity participation and sense of well-being); David B. Gray, PhD, Holly Hollingsworth, PhD, and Kerri Morgan MS, OTR/L,  (Environment Measurement System); L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, (Measurement of sensory aspects of participation); Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, PhD, (Empowerment and participatory evaluation of community interventions: Implications for occupational therapy).

  • 2002 Making Practice Count: Innovative Outcomes Research with CORE Fellows. Moderator: Erica Stern, PhD, OTR. Presenters: Renee Taylor, PhD, Joy Hammel, PhD OTR/L, FAOTA, Roger Smith, PhD, OT, Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT(C), David Nelson, PhD, OTR.

  • 2001 Occupational therapy  & ICIDH-2:  Challenges & opportunities  Moderator: Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Presenters:  Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, (Looking at activity and participation through many lenses); Anne Fisher, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, (Developing occupational-therapy-specific assessments:  Challenges and opportunities); Anita Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, (Creating assessments for OT practice: One Lens, many facets).

  • 2000 The Question-Method Match in Occupational Therapy  Research. Representatives from the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center at Sargent College, Boston University.

  • 1999 Assistive Technology. Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR.

  • 1998 Occupation and Adaptation: Activities of the USC AOTA/AOTF Research Center. Moderator: Florence Clark, PhD, OTR, FAOTA. Panel: Jeanne Jackson, PhD, OTR, (Seeding the future for major grant acquisition: From pilot studies to state-of-the-art practice); Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR, (reading minds in occupation: the intersection of human development and occupational science); Gelya Frank, PhD, (Person centered adaptive systems: the concept revisited).

  • 1997  The Concept of "Habit" and implications for occupational therapy. Moderator: Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR. Panelists: Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, (Habits, What's the Brain got to do with it?); Ruth Zemke, PhD, OTR, (Habit and Routine: The dynamics of stability); Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, (The morning care habits of nursing home residents with dementia: Results); Margo B. Holm, PhD, OTR/L, (The morning care habits of nursing home residents with dementia: Comparison of Methods).

  • 1996 Alternative methodologies for clinical research.

  • 1995 What is the proper domain of research in occupational therapy?
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