GSU Master of Occupational Therapy students to present research at state conference

2013-08-25T00:00:00Z 2013-08-27T19:12:12Z GSU Master of Occupational Therapy students to present research at state conferenceFor The Times
August 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | Five separate groups of Master of Occupational Therapy students from Governors State University who submitted poster presentations were selected to present findings from their research projects at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Peoria.

To have each of the presentations accepted for the state conference is quite an accomplishment, according to Catherine Brady, interim Occupational Therapy Department chair and associate professor, since each poster underwent a rigorous jury process.

College of Health and Human Services Dean Elizabeth Cada, an occupational therapist herself, expressed admiration for the students’ “focus on good, evidence-based OT practice throughout their research in order to achieve the best outcomes” for the client.

“As OTs, we can benefit others by empowering them with our information, helping them come to new solutions, better solutions. … You have a lot to offer,” Cada told the students.

Occupational Therapy faculty research advisers for the students’ work include GSU faculty members: Divya Sood, Caren Schranz, Catherine Brady, Melanie Ellexson, Cynthia Carr and Patti Kalvelage.

The five research projects, and their student presenters, include:

• Early Childhood Educators’ Perceptions of Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction within Classroom Settings

Student presenters:

Melanie Cabeen, Manhattan

Nicole Copalello, Beecher

Carla Foreman, Chicago

Matt Medley, Valparaiso

Brandon Onuselogu, Chicago

Kelly Picken, Orland Park

• Parents’ Ability to Generate Strategies to Facilitate Participation in Home and Community Activities in Children with Disabilities

Student presenters:

Erin Haenig, Bourbonnais

Holly Moloney, Hanover Park

Lindsey Shinnick, Oak Lawn

Amanda Suenkens, Orland Hills

Alicia Tuuk, Lansing

• NBCOT Exam Study Strategies Used by Recent MOT Graduates

Student presenters:

Bria Mays, Chicago

Abby Sprague, Bourbonnais

Meghan Quinn, Chicago

Christine Malmer, Bourbonnais

Loren Buckley, Lansing

• Perceptions of Cultural Competency Among Students in the College of Health and Human Services

Student presenters:

Laura Beck, Chicago

Michele Blidy, Oak Forest

Tiffani Grant, Flossmoor

Sara Smit, South Holland

• Occupational Therapy Faculty Perceptions of Active Student Participation within the Classroom Context

Student presenters:

Joe Beck, Chicago Heights

Catherine Estrada, Darien

Bernadette Okrasinski, Homer Glen

Logan Savage, Norwalk

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