The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy held its 10th annual Research Day on November 13, 2015. EKU Online OTD students and graduates were invited to attend along with clinicians and students from the on-campus OT programs.
EKU Online OTD Coordinator Dr. Dana Howell was recognized for excellence in teaching and received the Jean Steffan Smith faculty award. Howell who is one of many OT faculty who teach both online and on-campus, was selected for the honor by her on-campus master’s degree students.
The keynote address was delivered by Deborah Y. Slater, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Slater is the ethics program manager and government liaison for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA.) Her presentation was titled, “Generating the Debate on the Meaning of Ethics in Practice: What is Right in a Changing World.” She challenged the attendees to speak up when they see something inappropriate and to have strong moral compasses.
EKU Online graduate Dr. Jennifer Hight gave a paper presentation titled, “Community-Based Programming Promoting Movement.” Dr. Leah Simpkins, another EKU Online graduate presented, “Dog Visitation in Longterm Care and its Effects on Depression.” Program alumni Dr. Priti Patel and current OTD student Casey Humphrey attended the day’s events.
Published on November 16, 2015