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OT students present graduate research projects, receive pins
04-19-13

Members of the Weekday Program pose for a picture.
Members of the Weekday Program pose for a picture.
Members of the Weekend Program pose for a picture.
Members of the Weekend Program pose for a picture.
Forty three students enrolled in the weekend and weekday occupational therapy master’s degree programs at Misericordia University received their pins and presented their group research projects during the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.

The collaborative research projects are closely mentored by faculty and are a requirement of the occupational therapy master’s degree curriculum. Students began their projects more than 18 months ago. Students received permission to conduct their studies from the Misericordia University Institutional Review Board and then wrote the research proposals, collected data, analyzed data and wrote the final reports. Each student research group has a faculty research committee chair and faculty reader. The 43 students were divided into 10 teams and their topics were chosen collaboratively by Misericordia University faculty research committee chairs and student interest.

Students presented their findings by delivering 20-minute presentations on their research topics by using either a poster or podium format.

Misericordia University occupational therapy students are encouraged by their professors to also present their studies at professional conferences, such as the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Many are in the process of submitting their studies to these conference organizers. Some of the studies may be published in professional literature.

Occupational therapy students at Misericordia University who presented their research are: Jaclyn Barletta, OTS, Hazle Twp., Pa.; Michelle Bender, OTS, Dillsburg, Pa.; Laine Bishop, OTS, Hamilton, N.J.; Liza Burkey, OTS, Millersburg, Pa.; Matthew Cash, OTS, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Alyssa DeCicco, OTS, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Michael W. Devitt, OTS, Drexel Hill, Pa.; Ashley Dinko, OTS, White Haven, Pa.; Ethan Eichorst, OTS, Drums, Pa.; Stephanie Forbes, OTS, Reading, Pa.; Kelly Fruehauf, OTS, Morrisville, Pa.; Melanie Galarza, OTS, Bronx, N.Y.; Jenna Georgia, OTS, Washington, N.J.; Tabatha Gordon, OTS, Wayne, Pa.; Christine Gustafson, OTS, Pine City, N.Y.; Holly Haberern, OTS, Slatedale, Pa.; Jessica Harper, OTS, Bethlehem, Pa.; Moira Hauer, OTS, Throop, Pa.; Mary Hearity, OTS, Beaver Meadows, Pa.; Katina Kambakis, OTS, Blandon, Pa.; Lauren Lokuta, OTS, Dupont, Pa.; Melissa Macario, OTS, Pittston, Pa.; Tabitha Marquardt, OTS, Mount Wolf, Pa.; Katie Moul, OTS, Blairstown, N.J.; Megan McChesney, OTS, Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Jessica Mudgett, OTS, Bound Brook, N.J.; Judy Myers, OTS, South Williamsport, Pa.; Kelsey Olszewski, OTS, Philadelphia, Pa.; Virginia O’Reilly, OTS, Moriches, N.Y.; Maura O’Rourke, OTS, Holmes, N.Y.; Katie Pannabecker, OTS, Bernville, Pa.; Brittany Rahn, OTS, Morris Plains, N.J.; Leah Redinski, OTS, Hanover Twp., Pa.; Maureen Roche, OTS, New York, N.Y.; Susan Smaka, OTS, Shavertown, Pa.; Caitlin Sorrentino, OTS, Suffern, N.Y.; Megan Stabler, OTS, Hatboro, Pa.; Jaclyn Tschantz, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Kathleen Usher, OTS, Turnersville, N.J.; Matthew Wilcox, OTS, Hackettstown, N.J.; Veronica Yancewicz, OTS, Greeley, Pa.; Jessica Yost, OTS, Coal Twp., Pa., and Jane Zak, OTS, Dallas, Pa.

For more information about the occupational therapy programs at Misericordia University, please log in to www.misericordia.edu/ot or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.

Captions:

FOR PUBLICATION OT Weekend research: The Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy recently presented pins to its graduate students before they presented their graduate research projects. Weekend students participating in the annual event, first row from left, are Dr. Gwen Bartolacci, Maureen Roche, OTS; Susan Smaka, OTS; Leah Redinski, OTS; Dr. Lalit Shah, and Mathew Cash, OTS; second Row, Judy Myers, OTS; Holly Haberern, OTS; Jessica Mudgett, OTS; Jane Zak, OTS; Melanie Galarza, OTS; Veronica Yancewicz, OTS; Katie Moul, OTS; Tabatha Gordon, OTS; Michelle Bender, OTS; Moira Hauer, OTS; Tabitha Marquardt, OTS; Dr. Grace Fisher, and Melissa Macario, OTS; third row, Dr. Jen Dessoye, Suzanne Lennon, MS OTR/L; Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, and Michael W. Devitt, OTS.

FOR PUBLICATION OT Weekday research: The Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy recently presented pins to its graduate students before they presented their graduate research projects. Weekday students participating in the annual event, first row from left, are Dr. Gwen Bartolacci, Kathleen Usher, OTS; Jenna Georgia, OTS; Megan Stabler, OTS; Virginia O’Reilly, OTS; Christine Gustafson, OTS; second row, Maura O’Rourke, OTS; Caitlin Sorrentino, OTS; Lauren Lokuta, OTS; Brittany Rahn, OTS; Liza Burkey, OTS; Jessica Yost, OTS; Laine Bishop, OTS; Kelly Fruehauf, OTS; Katina Kambakis, OTS; Dr. Lalit J. Shah, Dr. Grace Fisher, Alyssa Decicco, OTS; Jaclyn Barletta, OTS; Kelsey Olszewski, OTS; Jaclyn Tschantz, OTS; Jessica Harper, OTS; Molly Hearity, OTS; Donna McCune, MS; third row, Sue Lennon, MS, OTR/L; Dr. Jen Dessoye, Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, Catherine Miller, MS, OTR/L; Megan McChesney, OTS; Stephanie Forbes, OTS; Matt Wilcox, OTS, Ethan Eichhorst, OTS; Ashley Dinko, OTS; Katie Pannabecker, OTS; and Denis Anson, MS, OT.