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Presentations and Publications


Jessica Rich, an Occupational Therapy student in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, recently presented a poster at the Franklin Institute during the 2012 College of Public Health Research Symposium.

Her poster describes a project to support accessibility for museum visitors with disabilities. Her research mentor in this project was Fern Silverman, BS OT, EdD, OTR/L, a professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at CPH.

Ruth S. Farber, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor of Occupational Therapy at CPH, presented her research at the First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology in August 2012. Her presentation, “Exploring the Relationship of Well-being and Social Support with Participation in Life Roles and Parental Satisfaction for Mothers with Multiple Sclerosis”, falls into an emerging specialty in the field of rehabilitation sciences. Positive psychology is a growing international specialty that examines the positive aspects of disability and strategies for living well with chronic conditions.

Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work at CPH, presented two papers at the Add Health User's Conference in July at the National Institute of Health in Bethesday, MD. This research was conducted with Eugene Komoroff, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health and former MPH student Kate Musliner.

In September, Dr. Singer gave three presentations in Philadelphia. He spoke at the dedication of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's suicide prevention mural, "Finding the Light Within." The dedication can be seen online at http://youtu.be/HneVLYYLi1E. Dr. Singer was part of a panel on youth suicide, bullying, and social media as part of a two-day workshop for journalists at WHYY. He also presented "Disrupted narratives: Suicidal youth and the families that care for them" at the Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services in Philadelphia. 

Lois A. Butcher-Poffley, CC-AASP, Pre-Professional Coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at CPH, presented two workshops at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in Atlanta, GA in early October. The workshops were titled “Chronic Illness, Physical Activity, and Getting Back in the Game” and “Issues of Identity, ‘Privilege’ and Fostering Cultural Competence in Sport Settings”.

On October 11, MSW student Kimberly Preske presented a poster at the National Association of Social Workers PA Conference in Valley Forge. 


Cheryl A. Hyde, PhD, MSW, Director of the MSW Program at the College of Public Health, published the following in 2012:
“Organizational Change Rationales: Exploring Reasons for Multicultural Development in Human Service Agencies,” Administration in Social Work.
“Pre-Capacity Building in Loosely-Coupled Collaborations: Setting the Stage for Future Initiatives,” Gateway: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, co-authored with Megan Meyer and Karen Hopkins.
“Challenging Ourselves: Critical Self-Reflection on Power and Privilege,” "Community Building Practice: An Expanded Conceptual Framework" (with Cheryl Walter), and "Ethical Issues and Practical Dilemmas in Community Organizing and Community Capacity Building" (with Meredith Minkler and Cheri Pies) in Community Organizing and Community Building for Health, 3rd edition.

Pei-Chun Hsieh, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation in the Department of Rehabiliation Sciences, co-published “Leisure as a Means of Coping: The Experience of Taiwanese Parents of Adult Children with Disabilities” in Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America in 2012.

Heather Porter, PhD, CTRS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation in the Department of Rehabiliation Sciences, co-published the following in 2012: “Role of leisure in recovery from mental illness,” American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
“Promoting a collaborative approach with recreational therapy to improve physical activity engagement in type 2 diabetes,” Therapeutic Recreation Journal Special Issue on “Collaborative Practices and Physical Activity.”

Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation in the Department of Rehabiliation Sciences, co-published the following in 2012:
“Emotional episodes in the everyday lives of people with schizophrenia: The role of intrinsic motivation and negative symptoms,” Schizophrenia Research.
“Active leisure in the emotional experience of people with schizophrenia,” Therapeutic Recreation Journal.
“Community involvement, planning, and coping skills: Pilot outcomes of an individualized placement and support intervention for adults with schizophrenia,” Disability and Rehabilitation.