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Kathryn Colleran: May 1, 2019 - The Feasibility and Utility of the Occupational Therapy Oral Health Management Screener in a Mental Health Setting

Denise LaRocca: April 24, 2019 - The Pain Conversation: Occupational Therapists' Perspectives on Using Language to Navigate a Persona's Pain Experience

Tufts Daily: Dr. Peggy Morris weighs in on CELT's Fellow Program.

Tufts Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Dr. Susan Higgins reviews: Bruce & Borg’s Psychosocial Frames of Reference: Theories, Models, and Approaches for Occupation-Based Practice (4th Edition) for Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Dr. Ladin was recently featured in Bloomberg Law: Organ Transplant Disability Bias Gets Second Look Under Trump.

Dr. Ladin was recently featured in The New York Times: Dialysis Is a Way of Life for Many Older Patients. Maybe It Shouldn't Be. So-called conservative management can ease symptoms without dialysis in some people with kidney disease. But many of them are never given the option. Get involved.

Dr. Baker was recently featured on Tufts Now: Are Standing Desks Healthier?
A review study by Nancy Baker, an associate professor in the Tufts Department of Occupational Therapy, in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, found mixed results from the desks' use.

OT student, MJ Craig takes first place in MIT Hack
This is the second time Tufts students have placed first at the annual MIT AT Hack, with last year's winning design, CiPods and CiPids Wireless, a device to allow people with a cochlear implant to use ear buds.

Tamara Brown, A11

Tamara L. Brown, A11, AG14—Field Hockey
One of the top scorers in NCAA Division III field hockey history, Brown is the Tufts program's all-time leading scorer with 182 points on 78 goals and 26 assists. She scored 79 more points than the next Jumbo on the career scoring list. Brown was the leading scorer on Jumbo teams that advanced to the NCAA Final in 2008 and played in the NCAA Final Four in 2009. She has the top three single-season scoring totals at Tufts, including a record 61 points in 2008. Her 28 goals that season is also the school record, and eight times in her career she scored three goals or more in a game. Tufts' Hester L. Sargent Award recipient as best female athlete in 2008, Brown was a three-time All-American and two-time NESCAC Player of the Year. "While Tamara's talent was undeniable, what made her special is that she was also one of the hardest workers and most competitive student-athletes I have ever coached,” said Tina Mattera, Brown's coach at Tufts. "Her drive to compete and get better, and her passion for the game were so impressive."

100th Anniversary Celebration: "A Century of Care and Innovation"
The Department of Occupational Therapy Celebrates Its Centennial
Learn about our story  |  Notes from Deane Bronfenbrenner McCraith, Class of 1968

Dr. Ladin
was recently featured in TuftsNow: Restricting Who Gets an Organ Transplant - Current requirement for social support disproportionately affects people of color, low-income, and rural patients.

Michael Stevenson (shown in middle), Project Coordinator for Parkinson's research in Linda Tickle-Degnen's Tufts Health Quality of Life Lab led the lab's team for fund-raising at the 32nd American Parkinson Disease Massachusetts Annual Optimism Walk for Parkinson's. The team raised over $3000. Besides Michael, team members shown are Amber Murray-Smith (left), Linda Tickle-Degnen and Lauren Domingue (right).

Exciting events going on in our department! Check out this article on Dancing with Parkinson's workshop. See more of the dance.

Dr. Ladin was recently selected to receive the prestigious Greenwall Foundation's Faculty Scholar award. Dr. Ladin's abstract was awarded as a "Top Abstract" by the Surgical and Perioperative Interest Group at the 2017 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. (June 2017)

The second edition of Dr. Stephen Sarikas' anatomy & physiology lab manual was released in January, 2017: Sarikas, Stephen N., Visual Anatomy & Physiology Lab Manual, Pearson Education, 2018.
Please note: Pearson sets the copyright one year ahead of the year a book is released. (June 2017)

Working Towards Independence

Dr. Teresa May-Benson was keynote speaker at the European Sensory Integration Congress, June 2-3, 2017 in Vienna, Austria and presented a talk on "Ideation in Praxis: A New and Evolving Perspective." (June 2017)

In October 2016, the second edition of "Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant" was published. Jean Lyons Martens MS OTR/L C/NDT wrote the chapter "Oral Motor Skills and Feeding." Jean is also on the board of directors for NDTA (Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association) and the liaison to the research committee. They are funding mini grants to support research in NDT. (June 2017)

MS and the Decision to Use a Wheelchair: Is It Time?
OT faculty member Janet Curran Brooks was interviewed and contributed to the article. (May 2017)

Working Toward Independence
Occupational therapy and engineering students collaborate with people with disabilities to create assistive technologies that improve lives. (Tufts Now, May 2017)

Congratulations to OT faculty member Peggy Morris, a recipient of this spring's 2017 Teaching with Technology Awards!

Running with a Reason
Tufts Marathon Team raises money to support nutrition, medical and fitness programs at Tufts. (Tufts Now, April 2017)

Professor Linda Tickle-Degnen led Postdoctoral Fellow Sarah Gunnery and several graduate students in research on the effects of facial masking, and how facial masking impacts social interaction. The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's, a strong advocate for quality of life outcomes in people with Parkinson's, interviewed Professor Tickle-Degnen about this research. Listen to podcast »

Dr. Suzanne Rappaport, a recent OTD graduate is on the AOTA website!

Professor Linda Tickle-Degnen helped develop and teach new online course launched by Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF), 'Occupational Therapy: Across the Parkinson's Disease Continuum.'

Sarah Skeels named to 2015 Paralympic Sailing Team

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