"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."
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"I feel great in enabling people to feel good about themselves," says Beverly Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Real OT Solutions. She says the mentorship from her professors at Temple OT helped her realize her career dreams, and inspired her to help others do the same. "I try and pay it forward. I'm so grateful for how encouraging the faculty were that I choose to mentor people."
Kristie Koenig knows Temple OT from both sides of the student-faculty experience.
"OT really speaks to me in terms of combining my strong interests in the human body and the human mind," says Temple OT alumna Marianne Dahl. She's now the program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Philadelphia University. Dahl says the education she got at Temple was formative for her own teaching: "It really focuses on those real-life scenarios in the classroom. It's a very active learning and teaching style, and to this day I use that in formulating experiences for my own students."
As an instructor in rehabilitation sciences and the academic coordinator of fieldwork education at Temple’s occupational therapy program, Sheila Moyle places more than 80 students at nearly 350 fieldwork sites each year. She also is part of the team designing the program’s innovative new fieldwork requirements.
"We all have a personal mission that drives us, and mine is to help others," says John Kirby, who graduated from Temple's Occupational Therapy program in 1992. He is now Associate Executive Director of Operations at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Kirby says being at Temple gave him a strong foundation for his career because of the broad range of disciplines at the College of Public Health: "You have just about every health profession, from nursing to OT to PT, but also [access to] business. It gave me the opportunity to be surrounded with diversity."
The College of Public Health is welcoming top scholars from around the world--new faculty members teaching in our classrooms, leading our research, and forging partnerships across the community. Since July 2016, we’ve been honored to add 20 talented faculty members to the college:
Katherine Bevans, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
Susan Caspari, Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Marissa Cloutier, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor Kim Gargin joined Temple's Occupational Therapy faculty in 2014 with more than 13 years of clinical practice and research in professional development. We talked with her about being on the team designing Temple OT’s new curriculum and what’s unique about Temple’s fieldwork experience.
Anne Dickerson graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree from Temple’s occupational therapy program. She is a professor of occupational therapy at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and is director of the university’s Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative. Dickerson also serves as editor of the journal Occupational Therapy in Health Care.