In the United States, adults with a serious mental illness make up a disproportionate number of inmates in prisons. While an estimated 10.4 million American adults have a serious mental illness—4.2 percent of the general population—people with a serious mental illness comprise 16 percent of the prison population.
Occupational Therapy News
Earlier this month, the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) brought holiday cheer to children in Shriners Hospitals for Children with a donation of gift boxes filled with toys, arts and crafts supplies, and more.
On Friday, Nov. 9, recreational therapy students in the Assistive Technology in Recreation class participated in the annual Assistive Technology Expo. At the expo, RT students demonstrated the uses of various assistive technology adaptations to their peers, faculty, staff and community members.
Beth Pfeiffer, associate professor of rehabilitation sciences, recently published research examining how children with autism who suffer from noise sensitivity respond to the use of noise-attenuating, or noise-canceling, headphones.
Over the past year, Temple’s College of Public Health has continued to redefine the boundaries of public health education, research and practice. Our faculty stand at the forefront of a shifting health landscape, making innovative connections across disciplines and reimagining clinical education.
Our digital Year In Review magazine includes top stories from across the Temple University College of Public Health in 2018:
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has received $4.375 million in funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for an additional five years as a rehabilitation research and training center on independent living and community participation of individuals with serious mental illness. This marks the fourth such grant for the Collaborative.
In July, the College of Public Health hosted Variety—the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, an organization that serves children with disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or congenital conditions, for a two-week camp.
The College of Public Health brings together top scholars from around the world—teaching in our classrooms, leading our research, and forging partnerships across the community. We extend a warm welcome to our 21 new full-time faculty members to the college this year*:
Bryan McCormick, professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, is currently on a Fulbright Research and Teaching Award to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify needs in community mental health organizations.