Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship 30th Anniversary

We welcome the return of our first Vanderkooi Endowed Lecturer for our 30th Anniversary celebration

Lela A. Williams Llorens, Ph.D., OTR/RET., FAOTA, Professor Emerita


Mentorship, Friendship, and Leadership: Significant Elements of Professionalism

Panel respondents following the lecture include: Charles Christiansen, PhD; Penny Kyler, PhD; Suzanne Peloquin, PhD; Barbara Schell, PhD; Glen Gillen, PhD and Mary Law, PhD

Please join us on February 3, 2023 for the lectureship. The event will be held in person at the TWU Dallas Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., CST. Virtual attendance is also available.

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headshot of Lela Llorens, PhD

Dr. Lela Llorens will share personal and professional reflections on dual sides of these elements as they have pertained to her history and career. Mentorship, friendship and leadership will be discussed regarding their importance from the perspective of the scholar turned preceptor, guide or role model.

Dr. Llorens’ professional career has covered over fifty years. Her positions have included experience as a clinician, researcher, writer, editor, consultant, teacher, and administrator.  Dr. Llorens has contributed extensively to the published literature in Occupational Therapy; also in Allied Health and Gerontology. Her work spans the life cycle. The most enduring work emanated from her Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, “Facilitating Growth and Development: The Promise of Occupational Therapy.” Dr. Llorens’ work on occupational adaptation significantly influenced the development of the Occupational Therapy doctoral degree program at Texas Woman’s University. The Blagg-Huey Library at Texas Woman’s University is also the Archival Depository for her professional papers and personal artifacts.


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