"I was taught by leaders in the field," says Roseann Schaaf, who graduated from Temple's occupational therapy program in 1977. She is now chair of the occupational therapy department and professor of OT at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Schaaf says her professors at Temple were transformative: "I credit them with crafting my mind, opening up my mind, and really motivating me to become a leader in occupational therapy."
Occupational Therapy News
Kim Furphy is the program director of the master of science in occupational therapy program at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, where she has served on the faculty since 2000. An assistive technology specialist, Furphy also teaches adult evaluation and intervention courses, does occasional pro bono work with clients, and conducts evaluations for assistive technology for school districts and other organizations.
Beth Pfeiffer, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Temple University’s College of Public Health, has been awarded the A. Jean Ayres Award by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). The award is given to one individual each year for their commitment to research-related development or testing of theory in occupational therapy.
One trope of our connected world is its ironic ability to disconnect. We stare into our smartphones while failing to see the person right next to us. We click “like” and feel we’ve done our part instead of going to that city council meeting or voting booth.
Rochelle Mendonca (top left in photo, with her team of Temple students) is improving rehabilitation technology and helping to address the critical shortage of practitioners in her field.
In today’s world, it seems natural to make accommodations so that people with visual, hearing or mobility impairments can enjoy the full range of everyday experiences and opportunities. But what about individuals whose challenges might not be apparent? Roger Ideishi, associate professor of occupational therapy and director of the college's occupational therapy program, is helping arts organizations around the country become more inclusive—and now he’s taking his expertise to one city that has a special need for it.
Mark Salzer, professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, finds that faculty with mental health issues often do not ask for reasonable accommodations.
It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
For two faculty members at the College of Public Health, a chance meeting at the college’s new faculty orientation in 2015 has led to a new life off campus as well: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jinsook Roh and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences Jong-Ho Kim will be married on August 20 at their home church in New Jersey. "It turned out that the new faculty orientation became a memorable one," says Roh.