Iris Leigh, CAGS, OTR/L

Iris Leigh, CAGS, OTR/L

Iris Leigh
Title
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-543
Email
ileigh@bu.edu
Phone
Email preferred
Education
CAGS in Policy, Planning and Administration, Boston University, 2006.
MS in Occupational Therapy (post-professional), Boston University, 1976.
BS in Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1971.
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Level I Fieldwork Coordinator (retired)

Iris Leigh retired as the Level I Fieldwork (LIFW) Coordinator at the end of June 2014.   Boston University’s new LIFW Coordinator is Anne Escher.  Please contact Anne (aaescher@bu.edu or 617-353-6569) with any LIFW issues.

Courses Taught

MSOT Courses

SAROT501: Integrative Seminar II and LIFW

This course is the second in a four-seminar sequence designed to develop and enhance professional reasoning processes by integrating knowledge and skills from previous educational and work experiences and from concurrent OT courses with weekly fieldwork experiences. This seminar focuses on reasoning related to theories of learning and behavior change; the assessment, intervention, and documentation process; use of theory and research evidence in practice; therapeutic rapport and communication; and other professional topics and issues as they relate to working with persons and populations of all ages in a variety of OT practice contexts. Self-directed and collaborative learning, class participation, reflective writing for application and analysis of learning, case-based learning, and ongoing development of a professional portfolio are essential aspects of this seminar. (Credits: 2)

SAROT530: Occupation Based Practice with Groups

This Level I Fieldwork Practicum and Integrative Seminar in Occupational Therapy is the culminating course in a four-semester course sequence. It is designed to enhance clinical reasoning by integrating knowledge and skills from current and previous courses with a weekly fieldwork experience. Students use principles of program development, needs assessment, group intervention planning and implementation, along with theory and research evidence, to design and co-lead occupation-centered groups in a variety of practice settings and contexts with child, adult and elder populations. Readings, independent learning, and group supervision are combined with assignments specific to planning and leading a group. Class participation and independent learning are an essential aspect of this course. (Credits: 4)

SAROT563: Context and Occupational Performance

This graduate course in occupational therapy is designed to be taken concurrently with two other complementary courses: OT 564 and OT 503. This course focuses on knowledge and resources needed for effective clinical reasoning about occupation-based evaluation and intervention. Topics covered include diagnostic conditions and disorders, practice contexts/environments, models and theories of practice, research evidence, healthcare/education regulations and policies, and interdisciplinary practitioner roles. Content is applied particularly to individuals living with long-term conditions who are most likely to benefit from compensatory and adaptive interventions to enable performance of meaningful occupations such as ADL/IADLs, work, education, play, leisure, and social participation. Classes consist primarily of lectures, group discussions, audiovisual presentations, and case study discussions. A high level of self-directed learning is expected. (Credits: 4)

SAROT736: Independent Study

Individually supervised study for advanced students wishing to pursue a specialized area of interest in occupational therapy. (Credits: Var)

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Scholarly or Practice Interests

Prof. Leigh’s practice includes teaching occupational therapy students, especially the application of academic learning to clinical experiences. She is interested in developing collaborative relationships between occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students, and ultimately, practitioners. As a school-based practitioner, it is her goal to continue to promote occupational therapy practice in public education, especially in the areas of special education and bullying prevention.

Prof. Leigh recently completed training in low vision therapy for occupational therapists and joined a private practice.

Scholarship

Publication

  • Leigh,  Iris G. (2013). Preventing Bullying: How occupational therapy practitioners  can help make schools a safer place for everyone. OT Practice, 18(5).  12-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.7138/otp.2013.185f2

Peer  Reviewed Presentations

  • Leigh, I. (April, 2014). Take Action When You Suspect A Child is being Bullied. American Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Leigh, I. (April, 2014). One Public School: Three Fieldwork Experiences. American Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Leigh, I. (November, 2013). Take Action When You Suspect A Child is being Bullied. Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.
  • Leigh, I. (April, 2013). Improve your leadership  skills: Become a LIFW supervisor. American  Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Stutz-Tanenbaum,  P. Haynes, C., Leigh I, Bruns, C. (April,  2013). Panel: Exploring level I fieldwork. American Occupational Therapy Association,  Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Leigh,  I., Tilton, M. (April,  2013). Heartfelt conversations to promote OT/OTA efficacy. American  Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Leigh, I. (October, 2012). Improve your leadership  skills: Become a LIFW supervisor. Massachusetts  Association for Occupational Therapy, Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.
  • Leigh,  I., Tilton, M. (October,  2012). Heartfelt conversations to promote OT/OTA efficacy. Massachusetts  Association for Occupational Therapy, Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.
  • Leigh,  I. (April, 2012). What  OT practitioners need to know to prevent bullying in schools. American  Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Leigh,  I. (October, 2011). What OT practitioners need to know to prevent bullying. Massachusetts  Association for Occupational Therapy, Annual Conference, Norwood, MA.
  • Leigh,  I. (October, 2011).  Preventing cyberbullying: Occupational therapy and internet safety.  Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Annual Conference,  Norwood, MA.

Invited Presentations

  • Leigh, I. (November, 2013). Test Taking Strategies for Multiple Choice Tests. BU Academy, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Leigh, I. (October, 2013). Preventing and Responding to Bullying in College. Fall Resident Assistant Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Leigh, I. (March, 2012) Empowering public school  OT practitioners to improve their supervision skills at level I fieldwork. Boston  Public Schools, Boston, MA.
  • Leigh, I. (February, 2012) Empowering public  school OT practitioners to improve their supervision skills at level I  fieldwork. Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA.
  • Leigh,  I. (May 2011). Creating  a better multiple choice test. Allied Health faculty: North Shore Community  College, Danvers, MA.
  • Leigh,  I. Lucey, J. (May  2011). Special education process. The Newton Community Service  Center, The Newton Partnership, Newton, MA.
  • Leigh, I, Smith, G. (March,  2011). Protecting middle school students from risky behaviors with Committee for  Children: Second step curriculum for middle schools. Newton Public Schools, The Newton Partnership,  Newton, MA.

Professional Activities

Awards and Honors

  • American Occupational Therapy Service Award, AOTA, 2002
  • MassBay Community College. One of two faculty members selected for leadership endeavors. Invited  to attend The Chair Academy, Orlando, Florida, 2001

Higher Education

  • Boston University: Advisor to SOTA Club, 2011 – present; Undergraduate Education Committee Member, 2012- present
  • North Shore Community College: OTA Advisory Board, 2011- present
  • MassBay Community College: OTA Advisory Board Chair, Program Evaluation and Self Study Chair, MassBay Leadership Committee, 1994 – 2002
  • Salem State College: OT Advisory Board, Salem State College, 1997 – 2002

Public School

  • Newton:  Mendel, B. and Leigh, I. (2011). Grades three, four, and five: Curricula similarities between Understanding our Differences and Steps to Respect.  Newton Public Schools.
  • Newton: Committee Member: Anti-Bullying Committee, Wellness Committee, Middle School Health Wellness Educators, The Newton Partnership, Team, 2009 – 2011
  • Sharon: Committee Member: Administration Team, 2008 -2009
  • Malden: Committee Member: MCAS Data Team, School Leadership Team, Learning Community Facilitator, Title I Grant, Crisis Team, ETL Leadership Forum (Shore Collaborative), 2002 – 2008; Mentor: New Team Chairs, 2007- 2008.

Occupational Therapy Awards and Service

  • Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy
    • Annual Conference Proposal Reviewer, 2008 – present
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
    • Rubric Task Group, 2003
    • Bank Maintenance Review Team, 2001 – 2002
    • Program Director Advisory Committee, 2001 – 2002
    • Item Writer for NBCOT Certification Exam, 1996 – 2002
    • Certification Standard Panelist, 2000
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
    • OTA Program Director’s Council
    • Convener, 2000 – 2002
    • Vice-Convener, 2000 – 2002

Licenses and Certifications

  • Occupational Therapist, Registered / Licensed, MA
  • National Board Certified in OT,  NBCOT
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Highly Qualified Teacher, NCLB
  • Board Certified in Pediatrics, AOTA, 1996 – 2006
  • Certified Trainer for Anti-bullying Curricula