Christine Hischmann has practiced occupational therapy in mental health settings for most of her 42-year career. A leader in establishing occupational therapy services in community mental health, Hischmann launched programs in Philadelphia and in northeastern Pennsylvania. She’s also served as director of occupational therapy at Clarks Summit State Hospital in Lackawanna County and was a founding member of the OT faculty at Misericordia University, where she served as department chair from 1996 to 1999.
Greg Langan is a graduate student in Temple’s College of Public Health who is working toward his MSW-MPH dual degree. We talked with him about why he chose Temple and what he’s enjoying about his MPH concentration in social and behavioral sciences.
"Temple embodies the idea of community practice...of rolling up your sleeves and getting out to where the patients are--which is the heart of the profession," says Schemm.
"Temple's legacy is that it equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be leaders in their profession," says Donna Weiss, professor emeritus of occupational therapy at Temple. "When you look at leaders in occupational therapy education, research and practice--and that's nationally and regionally--you'll see that a lot of them are Temple-made."
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.