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December 2012

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

It has been our tradition for a number of years now to devote of December issue to a particular health profession.

2. What is Occupational Therapy?

Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Answering the six Q’s — what, why, who, when, where, and how — about occupational therapy.

3. A Profile of the Profession: Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future

Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Occupational therapists formed their first professional association in 1917. It was called the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (NSPOT).

4. Becoming an Occupational Therapist

Carolyn Baum, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Steve Taff, Ph.D. OTR/L

Occupational Therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation.

5. Application Trends in Occupational Therapy Programs

Neil Harvison, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

There are 160 accredited graduate program locations in occupational therapy offered in 47 states. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides a detailed listing of all accredited programs…

6. Advising Pre-Occupational Therapy Students: The Student Perspective

Anne L. Ewing, Ph.D.

As NAAHP Liaison to the American Occupational therapy Association, I represent health profession advisors in discussions with Occupational therapy education programs…

7. Making the Transition to a Career in Occupational therapy: Student Perspectives

Judith S. Gonyea, O.T.D., M.S.Ed., OTR/L
Julie McLaughlin Gray, Ph.D., OTR/L

Occupational therapy, since its inception as a profession in 1917, has drawn individuals from many walks of life. Occupation, as viewed by the occupational therapist, is all-encompassing…

8. Career Pathways for Occupational Therapists: Research

Adapted from Waite, A. (23 July 2012)

Research is a vital part of occupational therapy, especially as evidence-based practice becomes the expected norm in health care. Conducting research is just one of the career paths open…

9. Profiling OT Practitioners: Back in the Groove

Andrew Waite

Rodney Jones leans back in his chair, the soundboard and music studio behind him. He wears a black baseball cap backward and along chain around his neck as he’s interviewed.

10. Profiling OT Practitioners: Childhood Obesity and OT Practice

Cynthia Lau, Ph.D., OTR/L, B.C.P.

the School of Occupational Therapy at Touro University Nevada was searching for ways to expand the research agenda of faculty and increase community involvement of the students. We looked at the local health needs of children…

11. Preparing Students for Professional Health Care Programs

Robert Koslow, Ph.D.
Kristi Lewis, Ph.D.

The US Department of Labor Job Outlook Report has projected high demands and rapid growth for the occupations of Physical therapist, Physician Assistant, And Occupational Therapist.

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