Sargent News “Are Eggs the Nutrition Comeback Kid?”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/30/15) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake looks at new research.

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BU Today: The Upside of Screen Time

forwebsite-swathi(3/24/15) A new study from Professor Swathi Kiran and the Aphasia Research Lab shows iPads can help people with aphasia make a comeback.

View full article. “Coconut Oil: Should You Eat It or Wear It?”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/23/15) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake breaks down the benefits of coconut oil.

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HealthLine News: “Americans Spend Billions on Vitamins and Herbs That Don’t Work”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/19/15) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“What people are saying is, ‘I know I should be eating better. I feel bad about that, but I either don’t want to do it or I don’t have the motivation. I’m going to get a multivitamin and that’s going to make me feel a little better — at least I’m doing that.’”

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“Weight of Backpacks a Concern for Many”: Karen Jacobs Quoted

(3/16/15) Clinical Professor Karen Jacobs quoted:

“We’re offering ways that we can lighten the load — it’s not just the weight of the backpack that’s the issue. It’s how the child is carrying the backpack…Just having legislation to have a backpack not weigh more than 10 percent of a child’s body weight isn’t really looking at the total issue.”


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AOTA Presentations

Thursday, April 16

  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
    Newman, R. & Lyons, K. Improving the Integration of Occupational Therapy Services in Adult Cancer Rehabilitation.
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
    Molinksy, R., DeAngelis, T., Jacobs, K., Kardachi, J. & Milton, L., (SIS) EDSIS Faculty Subsection Annual Program: Practical Pedagogy Techniques for Beginner and Master Educators.
  • 8:00AM-9:30AM
    Cason, J., Jacobs, K., Richmond, T. Telehealth: Evidence-Based Practice Applications and Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Considerations.
  • 8:00AM- 9:30AM
    Suarez Balcazar, Y., Collins, K., Gill, S., Kuo, F., Lau, C., Pizzi, M., Orloff, S. & Vroman, K. (AOTA) Primary Care and Children & Youth With Obesity: A Call for Action.
  • 9:30AM-11:30AM
    Gill, S., Xia, P., & Woo, N. Supporting Safety for Pre-Bariatric Surgery Candidates: Effects of Obesity and Degenerative Joint Disease on Movement.
  • 9:30AM-11:30AM
    Selmane, R., Helfrich, C., & Kramer, K. Increasing readiness for advocacy through a problem-solving advocacy intervention.
  • 9:30AM- 11:30AM
    Cohn, E. & Orsmond, G. OT Collaboration With a Museum and Public School To Support Social Participation for Youth With ASD.
  • 9:30AM- 11:30AM
    Pirri, K., Berger, S. & Peteet, J. Ghana Make a Difference: Health Promotion and Occupational Therapy.
  • 9:30AM- 11:30AM
    Duddy, K., Doi, D., Jacobs, K., Niemeyer, L., & Tousignant, T. OT and Lifestyle Management for Veterans With Multiple Chronic Conditions.
  • 10:00AM- 11:30AM
    Gill, S., Khetani, M., & Yinusa-Nyhakoon, L. Benefits and Realities of Engaging in Interdisciplinary Research Relevant to Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice.
  • 10:00AM-11:30AM
    Dieterle, C., Jensen, L., Jacobs, K., Pfeiffer, E., Richardson, P. & Toth-Cohen, S. Occupational Therapy and Online Education: Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?
  • 12:30PM-3:30PM
    Kaldenberg, J., Smallfield, S. & Berger, S. Addressing Occupational Needs of Older Adults With and Without Low Vision Through Tablet Technology.
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Schaaf, R., Cohn, E., Dumont, R., Kauper, S., Miller, A. Parent Goals for Occupational Therapy for Their Children With Autism.
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Cason, J., Coppola, S., Jacobs, K., Ludwig, M. & Richmond, T. International Telehealth Perspective: Development of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Telehealth Position Statement.


Friday, April 17

  • 8:00AM-9:15AM
    Wong, A., Baum, C., Connor, L. & Coster, W. Measuring Values in Everyday Life and Their Correlation to Activity Participation.
  • 8:00AM-9:15AM
    Eyre, J. & Coster, W. Automatic Assessment of Upper Limb Function for Remote Monitoring During Home Based Rehabilitation Using Video Games.
  • 8:00AM-9:15AM
    Sabari, J., Coster, W. & Woodbury, M. Development & Rasch Analysis of a New Hierarchy for Scoring Post-Stroke Hand Function on the MAS.
  • 8:00AM-9:15AM
    Fisher, A. & Coster, W. Validity of a New Tool for Assessing the Discrepancy Between Observed and Self-Reported Quality of Social Interaction.
  • 2:00PM- 3:30PM
    Barrett, K., Berger, S., Cohn, E. & Gilberton, B. How To Develop a Sustainable International Experience for Students, Clinicians, and Faculty.


Saturday, April 18

  • 8:00AM-9:15AM
    Pfeiffer, B., Coker-Bolt, P. & Coster, W. Measure of Participation and the Sensory Environment for Young Children with Autism.
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM
    Jacobs, K. Interprofessional Support To Transition College Students With Traumatic Brain Injuries to Employment.
  • 2:00PM-3:30PM
    Smallfield, S., Kaldenberg, J., & Landar, V. Explore the use of the Apple iPad to enhance older adults’ performance of daily occupation.
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
    Jacobs, K., Saltzman, A., Dugan, B., & Bodkin, B. Stretch Break for Kids: An Interprofessional Collaboration To Promote School-Aged Students’ Healthy Computing.
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
    Collins, T., Leigh, I., Lopez, A., Bullying in Diverse Populations: OT-Based Approaches To Promoting a Sense of Empowerment and Self-Advocacy Skills.
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM
    Emery, D. & Jacobs. K. Preventing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in High School Baseball and Softball Athletes: A Model for OT Clinical Practice.


Sunday, April 19

  • 8:00AM-9:30AM
    Escher, A. & Berger, S. An Interdisciplinary Program for Persons Post-Stroke With Aphasia: Increasing Community Participation.

BU Today: “A Good Fit at Fitwell”

(3/13/15) Sargent students bring healthy living lessons from nutrition to fitness to inner city Boston community.

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Health Bites: “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Gluten Free”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/16/15) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert Quote:

“Taking gluten out of your diet does not guarantee that you have a healthy diet. You can have a very unhealthy gluten-free diet.”

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Stepp Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Cara Stepp, assistant professor in the department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences has received a $500,000, five-year Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Stepp’s CAREER project will bridge the fields of augmented and alternative communication (AAC) and human-machine interfaces (HMI) by developing new technology to enable severely paralyzed individuals to communicate as quickly and reliably as human speech.

12-5087-STEPP-139This project will also include a novel educational component enabling interdisciplinary collaboration between communication sciences and engineering. Stepp will sponsor an organization for undergraduates in communication sciences and biomedical engineering at Boston University, where students will work in teams to develop custom solutions for individuals with communication impairments to fill the gap between state-of-the-art HMI research and commercially available AAC devices.

“The problem of low information transfer rates (ITR) is a critical one for people with severe speech and motor impairments, who must rely on augmented and alternative communication (AAC) to interact with other people,” said Stepp. “The CAREER award will enable me to develop hardware and software to boost ITR by optimizing human-machine interfaces that support AAC.”

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, according to the NSF, offers the organization’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”.

Stepp, who holds joint appointments in the departments of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, runs the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering where she brings her expertise to the study of normal and disordered speech and voice. Her lab’s long-term goal is to use its findings to help rehabilitate people who have experienced a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, or other condition that impairs speech and swallowing.

Stepp has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the first member of Sargent College to receive the NSF CAREER Award. “Should You Weigh Yourself Daily?”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/17/15) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake looks at new research.

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