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Research Resources

A monthly newsletter of the

AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health

June 2009


Dear Colleagues,


As we continue to wind down our successful events held at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference in Houston, we hope that for all who attended these programs the information and resources imparted were engaging and useful. Once again, we wish to thank all of our volunteers, as well as our colleagues at AOTA, who helped to make these programs a great success.


Our Qualitative Research Exchange focused dynamically on the public health priorities generated by the Healthy People 2020 initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the opportunities for occupational therapy researchers to contribute.

Our unique Research Colloquium featured a veteran NASA astronaut who shared his experiences, as well as scientists from occupational therapy and allied disciplines whose research intersects with NASA as the agency addresses not only the challenges of living outside earth and after reentry from space, but also the benefits of such research for understanding daily activity on our planet. The audio capture of this program as well as the 2008 Research Colloquium can be found on our web site.

Our pre-conference institute on the scholarship of teaching and learning effectively enhanced faculty professional development using the scholarship of teaching and learning, the "scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by sharing this research publicly."

Our Doctoral Network Reception and Annual Meeting helpfully examined the life and needs of doctoral students and answered such questions as: What do I look for when selecting a doctoral program? How should I shape my professional career? How can I gain an understanding of academic life? 

"Meet the Grant Makers," a pre-conference institute we held in cooperation with AOTA, enabled research-focused participants to learn directly from and dialogue face-to-face with representatives from the American Heart Association; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health; and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Also held in cooperation with AOTA, the workshop entitled "The Latest OT Research: Innovative Research and the Career Pathways of Scientists" effectively spotlighted the latest research and career pathways of scientists who have received research training awards, as well as facilitated an important discussion about how best to increase the research capacity of the profession of occupational therapy.


As we move forward with future programming, we are mindful of financial constraints and new and innovative ways to overcome these barriers through our best stewardship as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose ongoing research, education, and leadership programs depend upon donations, grants, and sponsorships from our supporters.

In April, AOTF launched its new web site, and with it a secure gateway that enables you to make a direct donation. Earlier, we established a cooperation with GoodSearch.com, GoodShop.com, and iGive.com enabling you to support AOTF every time you search and shop online.  GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half of its advertising revenue - about a penny per search - to the charities its users designate. Use it as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations to AOTF add up. Visit GoodSearch today and enter AOTF as the charity you want to support. GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop. Use it when you shop online anytime of the year and with every order you place you will be supporting AOTF. Additionally, you can support AOTF through iGive.com by shopping at any one (or more) of its 700+ associated brand-names stores, including Chico's, JCPenny, Nordstrom, and Lands' End.

AOTF will be establishing more secure, online ways to give in the future, but in the meantime we hope you will use one or more of these to support our programming when you use the Internet every day.



Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health


AOTF Institute Spotlight: The Academy of Research


The AOTF Academy of Research (AoR)

AOTF established the Academy of Research in 1983 to honor individuals who have made exemplary and distinguished contributions toward advancing the science of occupational therapy. To date, 43 individuals have been elected to this prestigious body by its membership.


The 2009 Academy of Research Inductees

AOTF is pleased to announce the newest members of the Academy of Research, Nancy Baker, ScD, OTR/L of the University of Pittsburgh and Leeanne Carey, PhD, BAppSc(OT) of the National Stroke Research Institute, Australia and LaTrobe University. Both researchers were inducted into the Academy at the Awards Ceremony of the 2009 AOTA Annual Conference in Houston. 


Dr. Baker is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh since Nancy Baker2001 where she teaches courses in biomechanical practice and research. In 2000, she received her Doctor of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University, Sargent College. Dr. Baker's research examines worker's health and the physical performance of work tasks with a focus on computer use and its effect on health.  Her research has diverged into two separate but interrelated areas: research on methods to modify work performance to prevent illness or injury; and research which develops methods to reduce work disability in individuals who already have an injury or illness.  She was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop an instrument to measure personal keyboarding style, the Keyboard-Personal Computer Style instrument (K-PeCS), and is currently examining the effect of alternative keyboards on workers' health.

Leeanne CareyDr. Carey is founding head of the Division of Neurorehabilitation and Recovery at the National Stroke Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia and holds an adjunct Professorial appointment at the School of Occupational Therapy, LaTrobe University. Dr. Carey's major research interest is development of approaches to rehabilitation that are founded on theories of neuroplasticity and learning, and empirically tested for both clinical and neuroanatomical outcomes. The clinical research focuses on the assessment and treatment of somatosensory and motor functions following stroke, and has included development of novel assessments and science-founded approaches to sensory rehabilitation. Dr. Carey has integrated this research with investigating the functional neuroanatomical mechanisms of recovery post-stroke using fMRI and PET.


Nomination Invitation

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research invites nominations of individuals who have made exemplary and distinguished contributions toward advancing the science of occupational therapy. Self-nominations are welcome as are nominations submitted by colleagues.


The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, September 15, 2009.


Nominations should include (1) a cover letter, addressed to the Nomination Committee of the Academy of Research, indicating the nominee's major research contribution(s); (2) a current curriculum vitae of the nominee; and (3) three to five representative research publications of the nominee. Please send the nomination package via email, using any attachments as necessary, to Helene Ross, Program Assistant of the Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health, American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Please use as the subject line of your email: "AOTF Academy Nomination."




Grant Announcements & Resources

2010 American Public Health Association (APHA) Fellowship in Government is Accepting Applications
APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one year in Washington, DC working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment or other critical public health issues. The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government. The application is due June 22, 2009.


Grants Available for the Needs of Women, Children and Families in Crisis

The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others supports grass-roots charities in the US and Puerto Rico that serve the overlooked needs of women and children. The Foundation recognizes the value of new programs created to respond to changing needs and will consider funding projects of an original or pioneering nature within an existing organization. Grant applications are due the 2nd Tuesday of September.


Regional Community Grants Available from Aetna Foundation to Enhance Health Care Quality

Aetna is committed to enhancing the quality of health care, with a special emphasis on improving racial and ethnic health care equality through our business practices and charitable giving. Aetna and the Aetna Foundation will award grants for philanthropic initiatives focused on the following health care issues. Deadlines vary according to region. 

Grants Available to Serve Veterans

The Disabled Americans Veterans Trust is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for the nation's disabled veterans and their families. Priority is given to long-term service projects providing direct assistance to disabled veterans and their families.



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Cultural and Biological Contexts of Psychiatric Disorder: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment (January 22-24, 2010, Los Angeles)
The aim of this conference is to improve the quality of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment by giving specific attention to biological and cultural contexts and their interactions. Poster submission deadline: Friday, October 2, 2009


This conference welcomes submissions from scholars, health professionals, scientists, technology experts, policy makers, and other practitioners on any aspect of health and human sciences. Proposal submission deadline is July 15, 2009.


2009 American College of Rheumatology/Assocation of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting (Philadelphia October 16-21, 2009)
This conference is a forum for health professionals to receive the most relevant and  latest developments on rheumatology.
Abstracts are due June 26, 2009.    


Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Canada, (Quebec, July 10-12, 2009)
Successful STEPS (STrategies for Education, Prevention and Support) - Celebrating Survival) will present sessions by brain injury survivors and professionals.


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference is centered around the network members and the disability community gathering together to address the opportunities and challenges presented by current changes in the economic, political, social, and environmental climate. This annual meeting offers you a chance to interact with policymakers, researchers, administratiors, families, students, and advocates across these types of organizations and across disciplines.  Proposals are due June 19, 2009.


Web-Based & Related Resources

Free Cyber Seminars on Various Health Issues 

Health Services Research & Development Service of the US Dept of Veterans Affairs (HSR&D) free cyber seminars provide state-of-the art training and special interest sessions. Cyber seminars are available 24/7 as live web conferences and as on demand archived presentations.


Publication Announcements

ORI Newsletter Seeks Commentary

The Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services (ORI) has produced a quarterly newsletter since 1993 to nurture the partnership that has been developed between research institutions and the Public Health Service (PHS) to pursue a common interest in handling allegations of misconduct and promoting integrity in PHS supported research. ORI is interested in providing a forum for occasional commentary by outside experts.  They also want to promote collaboration between organizations and will consider posting relative information.  Ideas can be submitted to askori@hhs.gov


Disability Law Handbook Available Online

Disability law overlaps with many other areas of law - including employment law, administrative law, elder law, consumer law, construction law, insurance law, school law, health law, social security law, and civil rights law. Individuals with disabilities are a protected class under civil rights laws, and it is the one protected class that anyone can join, usually involuntarily, at any point in their lives. This book (a free download) is meant to provide basic information about disability rights, as well as resources for finding more information. Brennan, J. (2009)Disability Law Handbook.  Houston: DBTAC Southwest ADA Center.  


New Book Explores Science and the Formation of Social Movements 

Mobilizing Science theoretically and empirically explores the rise of a new kind of social movement-one that attempts to empower citizens through the use of scientific research. Sabrina McCormick advances theories of social movements, development, and science and technology studies by examining how these fields intersect in cases around the globe. McCormick, S. (2009) Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation, and the Remaking of Knowledge Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


AOTF Institute Image of the Month


From the Archives of the AOTA,Camp Taylor, KY 1919
housed in the AOTF Wilma L. West Library.


Reconstruction aides and soldiers at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, ca. 1919.


The AOTF Institute makes this image, as well as the Guide to the Archives of the AOTA, available publicly as part of its mission to honor the past and be the best possible steward of the unique body of knowledge that is occupational therapy. To this end, the AOTF Institute warmly welcomes individuals from within and beyond occupational therapy to explore the guide and use the archives for purposes of research, education, and leadership. 




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