newsletter of the AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
to the inaugural issue of Research
Resources, the monthly newsletter of the AOTF Institute
for the Study of Occupation and Health of the American Occupational
in 2000, the AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
advances research, education, and leadership to promote greater
understanding of the impact of occupation on the health of individuals,
families, and communities. As the programmatic umbrella of AOTF, the
Institute is the chief mechanism through which AOTF realizes its mission
to promote a just and equitable society in which individuals, regardless
of age or ability, may participate in occupations of their choice that
give meaning to their lives and foster health and well-being.
component programs of AOTF's Institute reflect its dedication to the
interconnected areas of research, education, and leadership within and
beyond the field of occupational therapy. Research Resources aims not
only to highlight Institute programs but also to communicate information
that will be of interest to researchers who work within the field of
occupational therapy and across allied disciplines of the sciences,
social sciences, and humanities.
the capacity, research networks, and programs of AOTF's Institute grow
and as we envision a new web site, so will Research Resources become more
comprehensive and far reaching. We welcome your feedback and your
contributions. Thank you for your interest, for your support, and for sharing
this e-publication with interested friends and colleagues.
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Director, Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
Watch for AOTF
Events at the AOTA
2008 Conference in Long Beach, California
Wednesday, April 9
11:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Japanese Garden
Tour and Lunch
12:00 - 6:30
Institute 001 AOTA/AOTF
Academic Writing in Occupational Therapy
Institute 005 Scholarship
of Teaching & Learning
Friday, April 11
8 - 11
PTE Plenary Session
9 - 11 p.m.
& Silent Auction
Saturday, April 12
7:30 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast With a
2 - 5 p.m.
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The cornerstone of the AOTF
Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health is the Wilma L. West
Library, the national repository for literature of the occupational therapy
profession. In cooperation with the American Occupational Therapy
Association (AOTA) the Wilma L. West Library supports OT SEARCH, a
fee-based bibliographic database that covers the literature of
occupational therapy and related subject areas. The Wilma L. West
Library oversees OTJR:
Occupation, Participation and Health, a peer-reviewed and
quarterly journal of occupational therapy research published by AOTF.
Other programs of the AOTF Institute
for the Study of Occupation and Health include the Academy of Research,
Dissertation Research Grant Program, Scholarship Program, Program for
the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Pi Theta Epsilon, and Program
on Habits, Health, and Society. This issue of Research Resources
spotlights five of our programs. Future issues will highlight other
programs of the Institute as well as new partnerships with associated
organizations that share AOTF's vision for a just and equitable society
in which individuals, regardless of age or ability, may participate in
occupations of their choice that give meaning to their daily lives and
foster health and well-being.
mission of the Wilma L.
West Library is to acquire, organize, and retain the
literature specific to occupational therapy. Supported by AOTF and
AOTA, the library's collection includes books, journals, dissertations,
and unpublished reports. All library resources are catalogued and
indexed in OT SEARCH, a bibliographic database of over 36,000
items accessible by subscription through the AOTF and AOTA web sites.
Individuals may request assistance from the library's staff or request
photocopies of articles by completing a request form found on the
library's web page. Non-periodical material may be borrowed from the
Wilma L. West Library through interlibrary loan. Please check our
web site for possible fees for the above services or call 800-729-2682
(AOTA members) or 301-652-6611 (non-members), ext. 2557, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The library
and archives are open 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday by
Research Grant Program
Research Grant Program of the AOTF Institute for
the Study of Occupation and Health represents one of AOTF's many
investments in building the careers of scientists in the field of
occupational therapy. Based in part upon the structure of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant application, this program is
unique to the field of occupational therapy as it specifically seeks to
promote the development of qualified occupational therapy researchers
who are enrolled in programs that value strong mentorship and whose
careers are dedicated to advancing science in occupational therapy. These
grants are available to occupational therapists whose dissertation
research directly contributes to one of the profession's Research
Priorities and Parameters of Practice for Occupational Therapy.
AOTF offers scholarships to
students currently enrolled in accredited occupational therapy programs.
We have over 60 scholarships available this year ranging in value from
$150 to $5,000. All application information can be found at www.aotf.org and
must be completed online by February 8, 2008. Transcripts and personal
references must be postmarked by February 29, 2008. Please note that
only one application is necessary for all of the scholarships for which
an applicant is eligible. AOTF encourages applications; our goal is to
give away every scholarship dollar every year. Please address questions
to Jane Huntington, Scholarship Coordinator, at
by Penny Kyler, MA, OTR, FAOTA, the Doctoral Network (DocNet)
facilitates development of doctoral education among occupational
therapy practitioners chiefly by providing networking opportunities and
collaborative engagement among emerging and established scholars.
Occupational therapy practitioners currently enrolled in doctoral
programs or who have already earned their doctoral degrees are eligible
to join the DocNet. For more information about the DocNet, and about
its own weekly communication, please
contact Penny Kyler at PKyler@comcast.net.
Program for Leadership
2007, AOTF and AOTA initiated the Leadership Mentoring Program to continue
the joint investment in academic leadership. Eighteen Academic
Leadership Fellows completed the nine-month Leadership Mentoring
Program with action plans for their future already writen and begun to
be put in action. In 2008, AOTF will again collaborate with AOTA
to launch the next phase of our commitment to leadership mentoring
directed this time toward Program Directors. This action is imperative
in light of a growing faculty shortage as many of the profession's
academic leaders prepare to retire. Over the next ten years, AOTF
pledges to make this leadership mentoring program available to all
faculty members who aspire to advance their academic careers.
Office on Disability Now has
on Disability, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), now
publishes an e-newsletter which contains information on OD
projects, conferences, and contact information. The Spring/Summer
Bulletin includes information on the Surgeon
General's Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons
with Disabilities. The OD is taking the initiative to change the
national disability agenda by changing the culture of disability in
Public Health Preparedness
Public Health Preparedness Summit will take
place February 19-22, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Summit's
goal is to improve the ability of participants to plan, prepare,
respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Summit
objectives include: to describe new methods to address challenges in
responding to public health emergencies, to Identify sources of
research, materials and resources to assist in preparedness activities,
and to define means to improve existing preparedness programs at all
levels of government.
Disastrous Consequences - Two
New Resources from Duke
special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (106:4) examines the political and social
problems that underlie and exacerbate the effects of disasters, whether
they follow from things going horribly wrong or are the predictable
results of things going according to plan.
Affects by Kathleen Stewart is described
as "anything but ordinary, this book rewrites the social sciences
from top to bottom through its bleak and beautiful honesty as to the
human condition and the conditional nature of our language and
concepts" by Michael Taussig, Columbia University.
New Journal on Emotional
new journal published by Elsevier, Emotion,
Space and Society, provides a forum for interdisciplinary
debate on theoretically informed research on the emotional intersections
between people and places. The journal encourages investigations of
feelings and affect in various spatial and social contexts,
environments, and landscapes. Submissions investigate the multiplicity
of spaces and places that produce and are produced by emotional and
affective life, representing an inclusive range of theoretical and
methodological engagements with emotion as a social, cultural, and
spatial phenomenon. Contributions call upon and develop issues emerging
from work on emotion from feminist, geographical, historical,
philosophical, psychotherapeutic, sociological, anthropological,
political and other disciplinary perspectives and from the spatial turn
in cultural theory.
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cognitive disabilities (such as intellectual disabilities, brain
injury, or Alzheimers disease) and their families. For information on
the study please contact Dr.Tamar Heller, head of the Institute
of Disability and Human Development, University
of Illinois at Chicago.
Carer Study Results Available
Australia has released the findings of the largest ever survey into the
health and well-being of Australian carers.
Wellbeing of Australians: Carer Health and Wellbeing builds
on the work of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index which measures
satisfaction with life. Carers have been found to have the lowest
well-being of any large group ever recorded by the Index.
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Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is excited to announce a series of
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Announcements & Resources
Available in Emergence of Trauma Studies
Penn Warren Center for
the Humanities of Vanderbilt University is offering a fellowship to
participate in a year-long faculty seminar that will examine the
emergence of Trauma Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study.
Applications are due January 18, 2008.
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Occupational Therapy Foundation initiatives and
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