Fall 2011University Updates

Fall 2011: School of Occupational Therapy, School of Psychological Sciences, Theatre, Writing Lab

Quest for knowledge: School of Occupational Therapy

In June Becky Barton ’07 was a presenter for the American Occupational Therapy Association Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program Workshop in Columbus, Ohio. She also presented at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Central District meeting on the subject of fieldwork education.

Kate DeCleene presented a research platform at the 2011 Midwest Occupational Therapy Deans’ Conference at Saint Louis University in March. The study, “Can occupational therapists enhance a conductive education program with sensory integration for children with cerebral palsy?’ was completed with Lara DePoy ’01 and students Hannah Penn, Emily Church ’10, Jessica Foust, Alyssa Lewis ’10, Olya Mangusheva, and Anna Wright ’10.

Dale, along with contributing authors Heather Howearth ’09, Megan Painter ’09, Ashley Pickett ’11, Jessica Small ’11, Elena Bolin ’98 ’99, and Rajiv Sood had a scientific paper, “The Upper Limb Functional Index and the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Are Responsive Tools for Measuring Clinical Change after an Upper Extremity Burn Injury,” accepted to the annual meeting of the American Society of Hand Therapists in September. Dale and DeCleene also had a poster accepted, “A Survey of Regional Occupational Therapists’ Use of Physical Agent Modalities to Guide Curricula.” DeCleene and Dale received a UIndy Innovator Grant. The grant provides for integration of online anatomy and physiology using Primal Online Learning to supplement occupational therapy and physical therapy entry and postprofessional courses, with a plan for widespread campus use.

DeCleene, Julie Bednarski ’96, and Lori Breeden ’97 ’99 are collaborating with School of Education faculty Angelia Ridgeway, Deb Sachs ’78, and Donna Stephenson on an Interdisciplinary InQuery grant. The project concerns the development and implementation of interdisciplinary pedagogical opportunities for professional-level occupational therapy educators and students. The project will start this fall and extend throughout the school year.

DeCleene will serve as the AOTA local conference chair and Barton, Jenny Fogo ’85 ’87, and Breeden will serve as committee chairs for the 92nd Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and Expo in April 2012 in Indianapolis.

School of Psychological Sciences: Dynamite download

In August Nicole Taylor gave four presentations at the American Psychological Associations convention in Washington, D.C. The presentations showcased her work and that of four of her graduate students and two colleagues, Christine Raches ’00 ’02 ’04 and Joe Hansel. Taylor also learned that her article coauthored with Sara Davin ’08 ’10, “Comprehensive review of obesity and psychological considerations for treatment,” is among the top ten most downloaded articles from Psychology, Health and Medicine.

Jacqueline Remondet Wall was elected to serve as president for the American Psychological Association, Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service. She served as lead author on a book chapter in Somatoform Disorders that was coauthored by Jennifer Mariner ’07 and Jeremy Davis ’06 ’09. Wall and Mariner also coauthored two submissions accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders.

Wall was a lead or coauthor along with David Wall on four invited film reviews for publication in the journal PsycCRITIQUES. She also coauthored two technical reports for IARCCA along with Steven Koch. Wall sponsored two student research poster presentations at the American Psychological Association convention. Doctoral students Michelle Stone ’06 and Jessica Neukam served as lead authors on these presentations, and Koch served as coauthor. Wall served as coauthor with Koch and Crystal Cederna Meko on a poster presentation at the 2011 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit and participated in a presentation on the IARCCA Outcome Measures Project.

Theatre: Directing success

In August Jeffrey Barnes ’00 directed the play Trouble Shoot at Theatre Non Nobis in Indianapolis. Other UIndy staff, alumni, and students involved included Christie Beckmann ’98, Fritz Bennett, Lucy Fields ’91, Sam Fain, Danielle Buckel ’11, and Katie Gainey ’11.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Program: Winning at teaching

In July Deb Sachs ’78 and Jen Drake, along with clinical faculty members Dan Clark, Jane Jack, and Shane Hacker ’06 ’11, presented “A Winning Proposition: Teacher Leaders Impacting Teacher Preparation” at the national Learning Forward 2011 Summer Conference for School-Based Professional Learning, held in Indianapolis. UIndy’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program was featured recently in the national publication Education Week. The intensive one-year master’s program is best known for placing highly qualified science and math teachers in underserved schools, but the paper focused on its other major thrust: encouraging education schools to rethink the way they prepare new teachers.

Writing Lab: A clean approach

In March, Jeff Russ ’06, Rick Marshall, and graduate tutor Alec Cicak presented “The Soap Note: A Cleaner Approach to the Assessment of Writing” at the East Central Writing Centers Association conference. Dawn Marie Hershberger ’92 ’98 presented “The Lagniappe Concept: Why Positive Writing Center Assessment Means Providing ‘Something Extra.’” Student tutor Sarah Huck presented “Writing Our Way into the Community’s Story: Do Service Projects Enhance Writing Centers?” cowritten by student tutor Lindsey Sewell.

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