Jessica 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.
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.
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.
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.
Two graduate students from the college's Department of Kinesiology have received awards from national professional associations.
David Marchetti, a student in Temple’s Doctor of Athletic Training program, has been named the recipient of the 2017 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Young Professionals Committee National Distinction Award.
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.
"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."