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OT Department Research

World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference
Yokohama, Japan-June 2014

Dr. Joseph Cipriani, Chelsea Converse, Lindsey McLaughlin, Dr. Jennifer Dessoye, Catherine Steinhoff, Shannon McSweeney, Dr. Lalit Shah

Misericordia University occupational therapy students, alumni and faculty presented three research projects at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo in Yokohama, Japan in June.

Dr. Lalit Shah

Lalit J. Shah, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., a professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University made the podium presentation, “Life Balance: A Comparative Study of Retired and Working Occupational Therapists.’’ He collaborated with 2013 graduates Matthew Cash, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Moira Hauer, Throop, Pa.; Jessica Mudgett, Bound Brook, N.Y., and Katie Moul, Blairstown, N.J., who were all co-authors of this study.

OT Class of 2013
Joseph Cipriani, Ed.D., O.T.R./L., professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, made the poster presentation, “Uncovering the Value and Meaning of a Horticulture Therapy Program for Clients at a Long-Term Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Facility,’’ after collaborating with 2013 graduates Jenna Georgia, Washington, N.J.; Megan McChesney, Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Megan Stabler, Hatboro, Pa., and Jaclyn Tschantz, Tunkhannock, Pa.

OT Class of 2014
Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., M.S., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, collaborated with 2014 graduates, Chelsey Converse, Johnson City, N.Y.; Lindsey McLaughlin, Nesquehoning, Pa.; Shannon McSweeney, Ridge, N.Y., and Cathryn Steinhoff, Monroe, N.Y., to make the poster presentation, “The Effectiveness of iPad Handwriting Applications on Improving Visual Motor and Handwriting Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.’’

As part of the educational experience of every occupational therapy student in the entry level masters program, a research project is conducted. Over 100 of these projects, conducted in student groups of 3 to 5 under the guidance of a faculty research chair, have made very important contributions to the research knowledge base in OT, and have resulted in dozens of presentations by students and faculty at national and international conferences, as well as publications in major journals in the discipline of occupational therapy both nationally and internationally, including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and many others. Below are links to the abstracts of all the research projects conducted at Misericordia University from 2008-2013.


Research Activities