Husson University School of Occupational Therapy’s Third Annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium

December 11, 2019
Presentations focus on occupational therapy and their impact on schizophrenia, older adults’ fear of falling, diabetes, end-of-life care, autism, substance abuse and more.
BANGOR, MAINE – December 10, 2019 – Husson University’s School of Occupational Therapy will be presenting its annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business on their Bangor campus. This free and informative event is open to Husson University students, faculty, staff, area healthcare providers and members of the public.
Occupational Therapy (OT) student posters and oral presentations will cover the most current evidence available on a range of clinical conditions such as fear of falling, breast cancer-related lymph edema, rheumatoid arthritis, type II diabetes, and more. The participating students are enrolled in Husson’s five-year Master of Science in occupational therapy program and will be graduating in the spring.
Evidence-based occupational therapy practice integrates the best research with both clinical expertise and clients’ preferences, beliefs and values. This approach helps OT professionals provide care that blends both the clients’ goals with best clinical practices from the scientific community.
“The event will consist of a series of brief oral presentations that summarize student’s findings on a particular topic,” said Laurie Mouradian, ScD, ATR, OTR/L, chair of Husson University’s School of Occupational Therapy. “This process allows students to become deeply informed about their topic, but more importantly, teaches students the skills necessary to stay current as practicing therapists after graduation. During their career, as new interventions are developed, they will have the skills to evaluate them critically to provide the most up-to-date therapy to their clients. This is just one way Husson provides students with practical skills for the present and the future. Sponsoring this symposium each year allows students to share their findings with area clinicians and the public.”
“Members of the public benefit as well,” said Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OT, dean of the College of Health and Pharmacy. “More information about specific healthcare conditions not only helps those with health challenges, it helps increase understanding among all the members of a patient’s support community including caregivers, friends and family.”
Waskiewicz concluded: “Finally, it’s also a big event for our students. This presentation represents the culmination of three semesters’ worth of work. I take pride in witnessing the mastery of scientific knowledge by our soon-to-be OT graduates. Those who attend the event get to see first-hand why Husson University has become the region’s leading healthcare educator.”
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School of Occupational Therapy:
Third Annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
3:30  Doors open for poster session                                                                        
4:00  Welcome & Evidence-Based Practice: What it is and Why it’s Important to Occupational Therapy. Dr. Mouradian, Chair & Professor
4:15  Schizophrenia: Activity Group Impact on Occupational Goal Attainment. Kathryn McGinnis, Katherine Dionne, Stuti Naik, Kaitlyn Woods & Kimberly A. Davis, OTD, MS, OTR/L
4:27  Falling and Fear of Falling Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review. Lacey Austin, BS, Addison Gagnon, BS, Stephanie Green, BS, Cassidy Ouellette, BS & Christopher Howard, PhD
4:39  Functional & Traditional Interventions in Hand Rehabilitation: A Review of Current Interventions. Shannon Arnold, Hailey Hyer, Lindsey Owens, Ryley Sullivan, Andrea Sornberger, OTD, OTR/L, CHT & Joydeep Chaudhuri, MD, MS
4:51  Efficacy of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Diabetes Type II: An Evidence -Based Review. Kylee Carter, Jessica Dyer, Savannah McKenna, Desiree Beal, & Carolyn Dorfman, PhD, OTR/L
5:14  Promotion of health, wellness, and increased participation in activities of daily living in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Taylor Fortin Jacklyn Holmes Emily Maynard Allyson St. Pierre & Joydeep Chaudhuri MD, MS
5:15  BREAK (Light refreshments and poster viewing)
5:45  The Role of Occupational Therapy in End-of-Life Care: A Review of the Evidence. Gabrielle Laurel BA, Leah Richardson BA, Sara Roy BS, Andrew St. Pierre BS & Laurie Mouradian ScD, ATR, OTR/L
5:57  Effectiveness of Physical Agent Modalities and Reducing Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema: An Evidence Based Review. Emily Blackburn, Michaela Milton, Danika Sanborn, Laura Vaillancourt, & Joydeep Chaudhuri, MD, MS
6:09  Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Participation Interventions: A review of the Evidence. Emily Albert, BA, Claire Godfrey, BS, Meghan Farrell, BS, Sarah Plourde, BS, & Christine Hubbard, MA, OTD
6:21  Substance Use Disorder and Client Retention: An Evidence Based Review Bethany Kraske, Carolyn Miller, Kelsey Stewart, Michelle Mettler, MS, OTR/L & Joydeep Chaudhuri MD, MS
6:33  Efficacy of Memory Interventions by Occupational Therapists: An Evidence- Based Review. Catarina Michaud, Kayla Stevens, Nzinga Gillis, Earl Mamaril, & Carolyn Dorfman, PhD, OTR/L
6:45  Thank you and closing remarks
  • Joydeep Chaudhuri, MD, MS
  • Kimberly A. Davis, OTD, MS, OTR/L
  • Carolyn Dorfman, PhD, OTR/L
  • Christopher Howard, PhD
  • Christine Hubbard, OTD, MA, OTR/L
  • Laurie Mouradian, ScD, ATR, OTR/L
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