Several students and faculty presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference April 7–10 in Chicago.AOTA conf fac students (3)

The national conference is the largest gathering of occupational therapy (OT) practitioners and students in the world, and offers participants the ability to share and learn about topics impacting current OT practice.

AOTA (1) Cortney Halsey, Kathie Nabial, Taylor Delp w AOTA pres Ginny Stoffel

From left to right: Courtney Halsey, AOTA president Ginny Stoffel, Kathie Nabial, and Taylor Delp.

Students Taylor Delp and Courtney Halsey presented the poster “Understanding a Smile: Moebius Syndrome and the Role of Occupational Therapy.” Student Sarah Hancock presented the poster “Improving Occupational Performance for Clients with Bipolar Disorder.”

Student Jasleen Kaler presented “We Can Do Something About It: Addressing Depression in Skilled Nursing Facilities.”

Director of Clinical Education Allison Ellington shared her research on “The Impact of an Online Journal Club for Fieldwork Educators” and Assistant Professor Pam Stephenson presented a poster titled “Evidenced Based Tools and Strategies for Building Participation in Children with Autism.”

AOTA Conf Jasleen Kahler (2)

Jasleen Kaler

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences strongly encourages student involvement in regional and national organizations providing support for travel to conferences and covering annual membership costs.

This commitment by the college encourages students to be more actively engaged in their professions, and supports students in developing a focus on lifelong learning as future working professionals.