OT Students, Faculty Well-Represented at POTA Conference

Written by Lauren Whetzel Siburkis
Published on November 12, 2014

The Department of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences was well-represented at the 2014 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) Annual Conference, held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, in King of Prussia, Pa.

Not only was the University a silver sponsor of the event, but several students and faculty also had the opportunity to present their research to their peers during the conference. Three occupational therapy students were also accepted into POTA, a professional organization for occupational therapists. They participated in a variety of leadership and professional development workshops at the conference.

Here are some of the highlights from the conference:

  • Wendy Fox MOT'00, assistant professor occupational therapy at USciences, discussed CarFit, a program created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is also meant to teach seniors how to adjust their seats, mirrors and steering wheels to avoid blind spots and provide a clear line of sight.
  • Kristen Premus DrOT'16 presented "Improving Quality of Life in Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa through Yoga."
  • Jennifer Abraham DrOT'16 presented "The Impact of Aquatic Therapy on Functional Mobility for Patients Post-CVA."
  • Alison Furman DrOT'16 presented "Preventative Care: Integrating Cognitive Intervention into Productive Aging."
  • Dhanya James DrOT'16 presented "Postural Benefits of Dance for Breast Cancer Survivors."
  • Jungkyung Lydia Kim DrOT'16 presented "Impact of Meaningful Occupation for Menopausal Women."
  • Decorntae Kpou DrOT'16 presented "The Effects of Culturally Competent Occupational Therapists in Promoting Participation of Culturally Diverse Clients in Early Intervention Services."
  • Victoria Lee DrOT'16 presented "Aging in Place: Home Modification as an Intervention."
  • Samantha Mack DrOT'16 presented "Wounded Warriors: Coping with Limb Loss Using Animal Assisted Therapy."
  • Kevin Mukalel DrOT'16 presented "Are the Activities that Use the Motion Sense Features of the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft's XBOX Video Game consoles Able to Increase the Quality of Life for Adult CVA Patients Post Injury?"
  • Reina Salazar DrOT'16 presented "FES Therapy and Hand Motor Outcomes."
  • Erica Simi DrOT'16 presented "Emerging Practice: Social Participation: Adults with Aspergers."
  • Julianne Soby DrOT'16 presented "Effect of Music on Individuals with Sleeping Disorders."
  • Kerry Tong DrOT'16 presented "Increasing Happiness: Quality of Life Factors in Adults with Severe Developmental Disabilities."
  • Christopher Yang DrOT'16 presented "Occupational Therapy's Role in Community Reintegration of Prisoners."


Categories: News, Faculty, Students, Samson College, Department of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy

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