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Jessica Kilpatrick: Making a Difference in Philadelphia’s Schools

Jessica KilpatrickJessica Kilpatrick came to Temple with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Shippensburg University. As an OT with CORA Services in Philadelphia, she works with children at diverse area schools. She completed her master’s in OT in 2013. We talked with her as part of our celebration of Temple OT's 50th anniversary.

Posted:  March 22, 2017

Temple and 76ers Join Forces to “Bounce Out the Stigma” of Autism

The College of Public Health partnered with the Philadelphia 76ers to host a Bounce Out the Stigma autism awareness clinic on Saturday, March 18. The three-hour clinic brought 30 kids on the autism spectrum to Temple’s Pearson Hall for drills in passing, shooting, and dribbling. About 20 graduate students from the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language-Hearing programs assisted throughout the afternoon’s activities.

Temple graduate student playing basketball with teenager

Posted:  March 20, 2017

Temple Program Receives Pioneering NIH Aphasia Grant

Research Associate Professor Gayle DeDe and her team have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effectiveness of conversational therapy for people with aphasia.

The three-year grant marks the first time the NIH has funded research on conversational treatment for aphasia, a chronic language disorder that can affect any aspect of communication.

“It feels like a huge milestone. I think it's something that [NIH has] wanted to do,” DeDe says.

Posted:  March 15, 2017

How Social Workers Are Changing the World

Social Work isn’t all counseling and case work. It’s also lawmaking and politics.

“Politics is social work with power,” says Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat who happens to be a social worker. Behind the scenes of our everyday lives, removed from popular images of counselors and caseworkers, social workers who influence policy play a critical role in all levels of government – and they are leaders of one of the core tenets of their profession.

Posted:  March 14, 2017

Beth Pfeiffer: On the Move

You could say it’s been Beth Pfeiffer’s year. In addition to teaching courses and maintaining a clinical pediatric practice, the associate professor is involved in several funded research projects, received the highest honor of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and was recently named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her latest project: a program to get more young adults with autism on the move.

 

Posted:  March 10, 2017

Video: OT Alumna Deb Humpl on the Power of a Temple Degree

"Going to Temple afforded me a lot of the opportunities over my career that I benefit from today," says Deb Humpl, outpatient occupational therapy supervisor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "You build a community based on what you're doing, and [Temple OT] does a really nice job of allowing you to stay connected to the institution. I'm fortunate being an alumna, and having been afforded opportunities that you don't get just by having clinical knowledge."

This is part of Temple OT's 50th Anniversary Story Series--read more here.

Posted:  March 9, 2017

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