Occupational Therapy faculty and alumni show excellence and impact at conference


Nov. 20, 2015—DENTON/DALLAS—What do a division chair, renowned author, executive director, and several honorary awardees at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association’s (TOTA) Mountain Central Council have in common?  All are faculty, alumni and students at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Occupational Therapy. 

Texas Woman’s University’s School of Occupational Therapy shined at the annual Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) Mountain Central Council held Nov. 6-8 in Dallas.  The conference hosted more than 530 participants, and 70 peer-reviewed presentations of which one third were presented by TWU faculty, students, and alumni. The topics ranged from telehealth, adapted driving, mental health and vision loss. 

TOTA recognized the leadership and service of several TWU occupational therapy faculty and students: Marsha Neville, Ph.D., OT was awarded the Roster of Merit; emeritus faculty member Harriet Davidson, MA, OTR was named an Honorary Life Member; Ph.D. student Riquea Kitchens received the OTR of the Year of award; the Student Leadership Award was given to MOT student Katherine Hahn. Also the Texas Occupational Therapy Foundation awarded their Research Scholarship to Ph.D. student Suzanne Burns, MOT, OTR. 

TWU assistant clinical professor William Sit, Ph.D., OTR, is the Chair of the Trinity North District of TOTA— one of six districts in the association across Texas. TOTA began with five occupational therapists in the Spring of 1936 and was officially incorporated in October 1973. The annual conference is held in different locations each year; it is scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2016 in the greater Houston area. 

TWU’s graduate program in occupational therapy is ranked the 15th best in the nation out of 150 universities listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools issue. The School of Occupational Therapy admits 130 students each year and employs 24 full time faculty members. For more information visit visit the TWU Occupational Therapy website.

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