Sargent News

Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition, Enrolling for Fall 2017

Our MS in Public Health Nutrition, in collaboration with BU School of Public Health, provides students with in-depth training in the research, understanding, and promotion of public health nutrition through individual, community, population, food systems, and policy approaches.

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 – learn more or apply.

WATCH: “How the Evolution of Sex and Gender-based Research Impacts the Practice of Medicine” presented by Dr. Alyson J. McGregor

2017 Meredith E. Drench Lecture

Dr. Alyson J. McGregor is a women’s health pioneer who has brought the concept of sex and gender differences in the delivery of acute medical care to the national stage. She is an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the co-founder and director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. McGregor is also a co-founder and vice chair for the national organization Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative.

CNN: “Weight loss tips”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(04/12/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake gives advice on losing weight, including downsizing dinner plates, eating soup before dinner, getting more sleep, setting realistic goals and more.

View full interview here.

Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Please join us for a Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Hillel House.


Boston University, The University of Kansas and The University of Pittsburgh

Visit the OT Summit website for more information.

CNN: “Reducing the risk of heart disease”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(04/11/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake shares advice on how to avoid heart disease, but it comes down to the basics: no smoking, no obesity, weekly exercise and a healthy diet.

Expert quote:

Lifestyle can greatly influence your risk for heart disease despite family history…”

Watch full video here.

Language Processing and Recovering in Aphasia Symposium, April 20

The Aphasia Research Laboratory at Boston University is hosting a symposium sponsored by the Center for Research in Sensory Communication and Emerging Neural Technology (CRESCENT). The symposium will showcase ongoing advances in cognitive and computational neuroscience applied to the study of language recovery in aphasia.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Hariri Institute Seminar Room
111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA

For questions, please contact the Aphasia Research Laboratory at (617) 353-2706 or

U.S. News and World Report: “5 Totally Underrated Green Fruits and Vegetables”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/17/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake discusses less expensive, healthy produce that several local supermarkets seem to have forgotten, challenging the misconception that more nutritional greens are always unaffordable. On her list of cheaper produce, she includes green cabbage, iceberg lettuce, honeydew, green peas and kiwis.

Read full article here.

OT Alumni Reception at AOTA Annual Conf, April 1, 2017

The Boston University Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to host a reception for OT Alumni & Clinical Associates at the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

201 Occupational Therapy Alumni Award

The Boston University Occupational Therapy faculty has selected Brooke Howard, MS, OTR/L, Transition Coordinator at Ivy Street School (MSOT ’05) as the recipient of the BU Sargent College 2017 OT Alumni Award. This honor recognizes Howard’s contributions to the field and development of the innovative Skills for Life Program.

The award will be presented at the AOTA Annual Conference during the Boston University reception, Saturday April 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel (1201 Market Street, Philadelphia).

BU Presents at AOTA, March 29-April 1

Wednesday, March 29


12:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Myers, P., Baker, N., Garber, S., Guthrie, P., Sendelback, S., Arbesman, M., Lieberman, D., Trudeau, S., & Coster, W. Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science.

Thursday, March 30


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Lierberman, D., Arbesman, M., Liu, C., Chang, W., Chang, M., Hunter, E., Kearney, P., Smallfield, S., Berger, S., Escher, A., Leland, N., Elliot, S., & Molitor, W. Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy and Productive Aging.

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Riley, K. & Jacobs, K. (AOTA) PromOTe OT in the News? You Can Do It!

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Gill, S. The Association of Waist Circumference With Functional Mobility Among Adults With Obesity and Knee Osteoarthritis.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Yinusa-Nyahkoon, L., Gill, S., & Khetani, M. Forging Alliances in Rehabilitation Research (FAIRR) Logic Model: Applications for Early Career Occupational Therapy Scientists.


9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Hamilton, A., Burwash, S., Jacobs, K., & Penman, M. Is Social Media the Great Information Equalizer? Exploring Current Use of Social Media by WFOT Member Organizations.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Wise, K. & Jacobs, K. There is No Place Like Home: Using Telehealth To Support an OT Restorative Care Program in the Community.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Witty, T. & Jacobs, K. Life Care Planning: An Emerging Area for Occupational Therapists.

Friday, March 31


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Pteiffer, B., Coster, W., & Bevans, K. Exploratory Factor Analysis and Test-Retest Reliability of the Sensory Environment and Participation Questionnaire (SEP).

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Kramer, J., Levin, M., & Hwang, I. Project TEAM: Empowering Transition-Age Youth With Developmental Disabilities To Problem-Solve Environmental Barriers to Participation.


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Newman, R. & Lyons, K. Feasibility and Acceptability of the “Take Action” Program for Breast Cancer Survivors.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Berner, K. Developing a Best-Practice, Outcome-Oriented Interprofessional Assistive Technology Services Program at a Community-Based Organization.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

McKinnon, S. & Jacobs, K. Effective Advocacy Activities To Promote the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Kramer, J. & Hwang, I. Youth and parent perspectives of an environment problem solving intervention for transition-age youth with disabilities.

3:00 PM– 5:00 PM

Witty, T. & Jacobs, K. The Skill of Being Entrepreneurial.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Newman, R., Cohn, E., & Brick, R. Occupational Performance Challenges in Cancer Survivorship: The Silent Sequelae.

Saturday, April 1


10:00 AM– 11:00 AM

Duddy, K., Jacobs, K., Doi, D., Tousignant, T., & Messenger, G. Primary Care OT: An Occupation-Based Self-Management Workshop.


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Escher, A., Amlani, A., Viani, A., & Berger, S. Occupational Therapy Within an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program: Outcomes for People Living With Chronic Stroke.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Phillips, J. & Jacobs, K. Using Telehealth To Provide Services in a Primary Care Physician Family Practice.

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Weisser-Pike, O., Jacobs, K. & Kaldenberg, J. International Collaboration in Occupational Therapy Education on Low Vision Rehabilitation.

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Doyle, N. & Jacobs, K. Mentoring Matters to Occupational Therapy.

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Escher, A. PhotoVoice and Leisure: A Group Intervention for Adults with Aphasia.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Smallfield, S. & Kaldenberg, J. Supporting Daily Life for Older Adults with Low Vision Using iPad Applications.

Dietetic Student Featured on Food Network

(3/8/17) DPD/MS+DI graduate student Molly Winsten makes an impressive showing on the Food Network series “Bakers vs. Fakers”.