Sargent News

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”.

U.S. News & World Report: “Are Your Grandparents Going Hungry?”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(3/8/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake describes the issue of food insecurity among older adults, citing the statistic that there has been a 27 percent increase in the number of seniors using food stamps in Palm Beach. Financial limitations are the main cause of this, but older adults also suffer from poor physical and mental health, mobility limitations, lack of access to a local supermarket and more. Despite this, Salge Blake lists the ways we can help diminish this problem, including volunteering, cooking extra food and taking older adults along when shopping.

Read full article here.

Lewis Receives Sabbatical Award from BU-CTSI

11-3236-SARFACULTY-0020Associate Professor Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD, in the department of physical therapy & athletic training, received a Mini Sabbatical Award from the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTSI’s mission is to support BU’s basic researchers, patient-oriented researchers, and population-based researchers working in all areas of translational research related to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of human disease.

This award will help fund a collaboration with Andrew Edward Anderson, PhD, at the University of Utah Department of Bioengineering. Anderson’s work focuses on using dual fluoroscopy to investigate hip joint arthrokinematics during movement. The collaborative pilot project will assess how changes in movement at the whole body level affect changes inside the joint.

Lewis’ scholarly research interests include studying musculoskeletal causes of hip pain and biomechanical analysis of human movement. She is the director of the Sargent Human Adaptation Laboratory which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of motor adaptation and developing interventions to reduce hip pain.

WBZ: “Putting The Perk Caffeine Bracelet To The Test”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(2/27/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote: 

“Caffeine is caffeine. What you have to be cautious about is the sum total, the amount of caffeine you’re getting from a variety of sources and make sure it doesn’t have negative effects.”

Read full article here.

“Athletes and Eating Disorders” with Prof Quatromoni and David Proctor (’08)

Why are athletes two to three times more likely to develop an eating disorder compared to the general public? Associate Professor of Nutrition Paula Quatromoni and BU alum and Olympic hopeful David Proctor (’08) discuss in this video.

Film Screening March 27: “Becoming Bulletproof”

FREE screening of the documentary “Becoming Bulletproof”

Featuring actors with and without disabilities who meet annually at Zeno Mountain Farm to develop short films. Zeno Mountain Farm co-founder, BU alumna Ila Halby (SAR ’05), will be available for Q&A following the screening.

When: Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Where: TSAI Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave.

Admission is free. The public is cordially invited. Contact Debbie Claar, 617-353-2713, for details or to request special accommodations.

Watch the trailer

BecomingBulletproof_Updated Poster

About Zeno Mountain Farm

A non-profit based in Vermont, Zeno Mountain Farm is dedicated to creating opportunities for life-long friendship and community for people with and without disabilities. Zeno accomplishes this mission by hosting eight residential camps each year.  All camps bring a diverse group of individuals together to work, play, and build community. Zeno is passionate about creative arts and includes integrated theater and film at all of the camps. No one is required to pay to come to Zeno, and no one is paid for helping. This unique model eliminates the social hierarchy often found in programs for those with disabilities.  Zeno does not use the terms camper/counselor, and all Zeno community members are expected to contribute their work and talents. A cornerstone of the camp philosophy is that everyone is invited back year after year, offering the chance to build a shared history with people you love.

About Co-Founder Ila Halby (’04)

Ila B. Halby (’04) is a pediatric occupational therapist and a founder/director at Zeno Mountain Farm. Since graduating from Sargent, she has pursed complementary careers with clinical OT and Zeno Mountain Farm. Focused on neurological rehabilitation, Halby took her first job at Boston Medical Center in the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation program. She then transitioned into pediatric OT at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass. She moved to Vermont in 2008 to start Zeno Mountain Farm. Currently, Halby works part time as an occupational therapist in the Vermont Public Schools. She has two sons and enjoys spending time outside with her family.

CNN: “Why sugar intake has increased”

for-website-Joan-Salge-BlakeClinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake explains where sugar hides and how to reduce your intake.

Watch full video here.