Wondering what you can do with a Post-Professional OTD degree?  Here are just a few examples of Boston University’s successful students and graduates.

Accomplishments from our Current OTD Students…

Monique Chabot published “Review of Programs to Support Engagement of Older Adults with Mild to Moderate Dementia” in the March 2013 Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 36(1), 1-4. Additionally, Monique is working with The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to review and revise their “Rebuilding Together” student resource and website.

Dana Emery published “Occupational Therapy Treatment for NTOS.” In K.A. Illig, R.W. Thompson, J.A. Freischlag, D.M. Donahue, S.E. Jordan, P.I. Edgelow (Eds.), Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (p. 175-81). London: Springer. (2013)

Lowana Lee was an invited speaker at the Sichuan Provincial Rehabilitation Conference in May 2013. Lowana’s paper was entitled “Occupational Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation – a Canadian Model.”

OTD Program Graduates Updates…

Ashley Deaton is the Director of Footprints in the Community, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs. Her practice has grown to 35 therapists covering 1/5 of North Carolina.

Nancy Doyle co-authored two publications: 1.) Doyle, N. W., & Jacobs, K. (2013). “Accommodating Student Learning Styles and Preferences in an Online Occupational Therapy Course.” Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 44(3), 247-253.  2.) Doyle, N. W., & Jacobs, K. (2012). “Learning Locally and Globally: An Overview of Distance Education in Occupational Therapy.” Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, 21(3), E59-E69.

Denise Finch is the Legislative Chair of the New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association. She has given multiple presentations at conferences including: “Office Ergonomics:  Exploring Work Posture and Equipment Options to Reduce Injury” at the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England Annual Conference, Concord, NH; and a poster presentation entitled  “Online Education: Best Practices to Promote Learning” (Finch, D. & Jacobs, K.) at both the AOTA Annual Conference and Expo, San Diego, CA and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Kristen Maisano is Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Trinity Washington University School of Nursing and Health Professions. Previously, Kristen used the expertise gained from her OTD degree to assist the US Department of Defense in designing, building, and developing programing for a National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellite at Fort Belvoir, VA. Kristen has been a point of contact for other Army bases across the country who are building the same structure and program. Additionally, she has been appointed a subject matter expert in the area of mild TBI by the Defense Center of Excellence (DCoE) and Brainline.org.

Scott McNeil serves as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Professor at University of New England (UNE) in Portland, ME.  In his first year at UNE, he has had numerous scholarship opportunities including co-authoring a chapter in Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence. Previously Scott was Assistant Professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA, his first full-time position in academia after completing his OTD degree. Scott also served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association as the Continuing Education Committee Chairperson. In addition to teaching, Scott has continued his clinical work in home health.

Julie Nastasi received specialty certification in Low Vision from the AOTA, and she was appointed Commissioner for the Commission on Education for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA).

Robin Newman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and principal investigator of “Take Action: A Pilot Self-Management Program for Breast Cancer Survivors”. She also serves as an American Occupational Therapy Association Media Expert in area of Lymphedema (Breast Cancer Survivorship) and has acted as a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Cancer and Work in WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.

Lisa Schubert completed her first year as an Associate Professor at the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University. She was also elected as the Tennessee Representative Assembly (RA) representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Lori Vaughn serves as Chair of the Bay Path College Occupational Therapy Program and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. She received Bay Path’s first annual “Excellence in Teaching” award in 2012.  In addition, Lori took eight students to Gambia for a Level 1 fieldwork experience.