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Temple Occupational Therapy Empowers: Alumna Roseann Schaaf

"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."

Posted:  January 25, 2017

Alumna Kim Furphy: "I Wouldn't Be Where I Am Today Without Temple."

Headshot of Kim Furphy, Temple OT alumnaKim 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.

Posted:  January 23, 2017

Occupational Therapy Professor Wins Top OT Association Award

Beth Pfeiffer headshotBeth 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.

Posted:  January 18, 2017

Where the Arts and Public Health Meet, a New Approach For Flint

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.

Posted:  November 3, 2016

Class of 2020 Starts Their Temple Journey


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. 

Posted:  August 26, 2016

A Match Made At CPH

Temple College of Public Health Faculty Wedding

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. 

Posted:  August 18, 2016