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Alumni Spotlight: “Take Chances. Find a Mentor. Seize Opportunities. Have Fun.”

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.

Posted:  March 29, 2017

Video: Professor Emeritus Donna Weiss on the Legacy of Temple OT

"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."

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

Posted:  March 24, 2017

Alumna 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

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