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Occupational therapy students, alumni and faculty present research at world conference
06-20-14


Misericordia University occupational therapy students, alumni and faculty presented three research projects at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo in Yokohama, Japan in June.

Lalit J. Shah, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., a professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, collaborated with 2013 program graduates Matthew Cash, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Moira Hauer, Throop, Pa.; Jessica Mudgett, Bound Brook, N.Y., and Katie Moul, Blairstown, N.J., to make the podium presentation, “Life Balance: A Comparative Study of Retired and Working Occupational Therapists.’’

Joseph Cipriani, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, made the poster presentation, “Uncovering the Value and Meaning of a Horticulture Therapy Program for Clients at a Long-Term Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Facility,’’ after collaborating with 2013 graduates Jenna Georgia, Washington, N.J.; Megan McChesney, Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Megan Stabler, Hatboro, Pa., and Jaclyn Tschantz, Tunkhannock, Pa.

Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., M.S., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, collaborated with 2014 graduates, Chelsey Converse, Johnson City, N.Y.; Lindsey McLaughlin, Nesquehoning, Pa.; Shannon McSweeney, Ridge, N.Y., and Cathryn Steinhoff, Monroe, N.Y., to make the podium presentation, “The Effectiveness of iPad Handwriting Applications on Improving Visual Motor and Handwriting Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.’’

Misericordia University offers a five-year, entry-level master’s degree program in occupational therapy for students who are embarking on their collegiate careers and would like to become occupational therapists. MU also has a weekend program for people who already are certified occupational therapy assistants or who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy and would like to become qualified OTs. A post-professional pediatric certificate program for practicing OTs, as well as a post-professional master’s degree and doctoral program in OT also are available.

For more information about the Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot.

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Misericordia University occupational therapy students, alumni and faculty presented at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Yokohama, Japan. Some of the participants included, seated from left, Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., M.S., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, and Chelsey Converse, Johnson City, N.Y.; standing, Joseph Cipriani, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University; Cathryn Steinhoff, Monroe, N.Y.; Shannon McSweeney, Ridge, N.Y., and Lindsey McLaughlin, Nesquehoning, Pa.