Fall 2010University Updates

Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Theatre, Writing Lab

Research action at Jackson

Students in the 2011 master’s of OT class are conducting research with the Jackson Center for Conductive Education in Mooresville, Ind. The center was founded by alumna Lara DePoy ’00. The study is titled “Can occupational therapists enhance a conductive education program with sensory integration for children with cerebral palsy?”

Dr. Lucinda Dale has three student research groups conducting research with community partners: “The Effects of Canine Therapy on At-risk Adolescents Within the Academic Setting” with the Paws and Think, Inc. canine program; “Comparing Responsiveness of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand and the Upper Limb Functional Index” with Hendricks Regional Health; and “Evaluating Outcomes of the Outpatient Burn Population: A Comparison of the Responsiveness of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand and the Upper Limb Functional Index” with the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Dale also received a service commendation certificate from AOTA for her work on the blueprint committee during 2008–10.

The School of Occupational Therapy, which earned a full 10-year reaccreditation status recently from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, graduated 39 from the classes of December 2009 and April 2010. The School is preparing for its 25th anniversary, which will coincide with the 2010 annual American Occupational Therapy Association conference in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Kate DeCleene will serve as conference chair. (OT grads are urged to contact the SOT to update contact information.)

Paul Arthur ’11 presented a poster, “The Role of Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Healthcare in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” at the 2010 AOTA conference in Orlando, Fla. Several DHS students also presented at the conference, including Sharon J. Elliott and Judi Malek-Ismail. UIndy DHS alumni Dr. Rosalie M. King ’09 of the University of Findlay and Dr. Lisa Knecht-Sabres ’09 of Midwestern University also presented projects.

The MOT program had two presentations accepted and presented at the March 2010 Midwest Dean’s Conference at Saint Louis University. Dr. Jenny Fogo ’85 ’87 presented her class of 2009 research project, “Support Services that Enable Success for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Dr. DeCleene copresented her class of 2010 research project, “The Concurrent Validity between the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-Second Edition (PDMS-2) and the Developmental Profile-3 (DP-3)” with Sarah Mellencamp and Karissa Roberts.

Publishing and presenting

Dr. Jacqueline Remondet Wall was a coauthor on a book chapter, “Addressing the Disproportionate Representation of Children of Color: A Collaborative Community Approach,” which will appear in The Practice of Social Work: Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparity of Outcomes, published by the Child Welfare League Press.

Wall completed a critique on the book The Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health. The review examined the utility of rating scales as a method of accountability for services provided to persons with mental health concerns and involved the help of Andrea Schultz ’08, a graduate student in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at UIndy.

Wall coauthored two technical reports for IARCCA; the reports included Dr. Steven M. Koch as a coauthor. On one report—an annual evaluation of a state-wide outcomes monitoring program of services provided to youth and their families—Koch served as lead author. On the other report—an executive summary and cross-year comparison—Wall served as primary author.

Dr. John McIlvried (associate provost and dean) received the Outstanding Alumni award from the Psychology Department at Muskingum University. He gave an invited presentation to faculty, students, and community members titled, “Owning psychology: You Only Get to Keep What You Give Away.” Along with Dr. J. Wall, he published the article “Graduate Training in Clinical Psychology: Student Perspectives on Selecting a Program” in Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

A jolly good Fellow

Jeff Bryant ’85 was selected for the second time as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow for the 2010–11 Faculty Fellows program. He and five others from the state will provide service-learning and community engagement. He will take UIndy students to Cyprus during Spring Term 2011.

In March Toni Peabody (since retired) was recognized by the NASW as Social Worker of the Year for Region 7.

New ground, ancient ruins

In August Cate Moran participated on a panel and presented a paper, “New Ground in Ancient Ruins: American Students on Stage in Greece,” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Los Angeles.

Why hire English majors?

Writing Lab director Rick Marshall, Dawn Hershberger ’92 ’98, and graduate student Sara Wright gave a presentation, “Why Hire English Majors?” in April at the East Central Writing Centers Association conference at Michigan State University. The presentation explored the pros and cons of having a multidisciplinary staff (i.e., not only English majors) working in writing labs.

Writing Lab peer tutor Sarah Huck was named Student Employee of the Year for Indiana. Huck was recognized for her variety of services, including a project she spearheaded wherein a group of tutors visited the Altenheim Retirement Community (located a couple of miles east of campus) and helped its residents write “Life Reviews.”

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