2020 VOTA Annual Conference

Sessions and Posters Program

** Unless otherwise noted as intermediate or advanced, the level of presentation is an introduction level presentation.

Saturday October 3rd

Session 1 -- 9:00 – 10:30

  • Create your Plate: A Feeding Tool for Feeding Therapist Providing Intervention to Preschool and Early Elementary School Students (Child and Youth) Intermediate Level
    Rebecca J. Rath, MS OTR/L and Malgorzata Grybowska, MA BS OTR/L
  • Empowering Individuals through Assistive Technology: A Journey with my Guide – Part 1 (Child and Youth)
    Christiana Santos, MOT, OTR/L and Gretchen Ward, MSOT OTR/L
Posters -- 10:30 – 11:00
  • Movement-Based Interventions for School Readiness in Children (Child and Youth)
    Angelika Pine, OTD, OTR/L; Amanda Stratton, MOTS; and Victoria Hopson, MOTS

Session 2 -- 11:00 – 12:30

  • Still Awake? Exploring Sensory Processing Approaches to Better Sleep in Children (Child and Youth) Intermediate Level
    Jason Browning OTR/L

Posters -- 12:30 – 1:00

  • Exploring School-Based Post Secondary Transitions: Practice, Perceptions, and Progress (Child and Youth)
    Alexys Gray, OTD; Heidi R Hull, OTD, MS OTR/L; and Pamela Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L

  • Screening Developmental Milestones in Rural Southwest Virginia Primary Care Offices: A Place or Occupational Therapy (Child and Youth) Intermediate Level
    Teri Gilley, DHSc OTR/L, BCP; Viki Neurauter, PhD, OTR/L; and F Jeannine Everhart, PhD, MPH, MBA, CHES

Sunday October 4th

Session 1 -- 12:30 – 2:00

  • Exploring Community-Based Programs: Opportunities, Barriers, and Roles for Occupational Therapists (General Professional Issues)
    Justin DeMarchi, OTR/L

  • Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Education Past, Present, and Future – A Book Club Examination of Literature Regarding Occupational Therapy Education (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
    This presentation will not be recorded

Posters -- 2:00 – 2:30

  • Building Resilience in College Students: An Occupational Therapy Perspective (Mental Health)
    Rebecca Diggs, OTS; Kaitlyn Keck, OTS; Macy Webber, OTS; and Pamela Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L

  • Creating COTAD Chapters in Occupational Therapy Programs: How and Why? (Academic and Fieldwork)
    Pam Stephenson, OTD, OTR/L; Loveleen Kaler, OTS; Shally Pham, OTS; Julianne Boggs, OTS; and Brandi Johnson, OTS

Session 2 -- 2:30 – 4:00

  • Empowering Individuals through Assistive Technology: A Journey with my Guide – Part 2 (Child and Youth) Intermediate Level
    Christiana Santos, MOT, OTR/L and Gretchen Ward, MSOT OTR/L

  • Expanding Approaches to Helping Persons Living with Dementia (Productive Aging) Advanced Level
    Sarah Hopkins, MS OTR/L

Monday October 5th

Session 1 -- 7:30 – 9:00

  • OTPF Fourth Edition (General and Professional Issues)
    Kimberly Kearney, COTA/L

  • Facilitating Engagement During Distance Learning (Child and Youth)
    Erin Brognano, MS OTR/L

Saturday October 10th

Keynote Speaker - Erin Mahone 9:00 – 10:30
Learning Together (click title for more information)

Sunday October 11th

Session 1 -- 12:30 – 2:00

  • OT Screening, Evaluation, and Treatment of Neurological Visual Impairments (Rehabilitation and Disabilities) Intermediate Level
    Allison Ellington, OTD, OTR/L and Kate Kucera, OTR/L, CBIS, MSCS

  • Developing a Level II Fieldwork Using the Collaborative Model for Student Supervision and Learning Where No Occupational Therapy Services Exist (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    K. M. “Shelley” Knewstep-Watkins, OTD, OTR/L; Emily Budd, OTD, OTR/L; Laura Chu, OTDS; and Rachel McDaniel OTDS

Posters -- 2:00 – 2:30

  • Are You Feeling the Burn? Exploring Perceived Risk of Burnout in OT Settings: A Pilot Study (General Professional Issues)
    Kinsey Johnson, OTS; Shantel Jones, OTS; Amanda Jackson, OTS; and Dana Sung, OTS

  • Providing Community-based Health Education During a Global Health Crisis (General Professional Issues)
    Katrina Williams, OTS

Session 2 -- 2:30 – 4:00

  • Occupational therapist distinct value on an interprofessional team to reduce hospital readmissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Rehabilitation and Disabilities) Carlyn Tillage, OTD, OTR/L; Rita Hunt, MS OTR/L; K. Michelle Knewstep-Watkins, OTD, OTR/L; Y Michael Shim, M.D.

  • Optimizing our Impact while Reclaiming our Roots: Infusing Psychosocial Strategies into Physical Disability Focused Settings (Rehabilitation and Disabilities) Intermediate Level
    Savanah Howe, MOT, OTR/L, QMHP-A; Cameron Williams, MOT, OTR/L; and Amy Russell Yun, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Saturday October 17th

Session 1 -- 9:00 – 10:30

  • Student Impact on Productivity and Clinician’s Perception in SNF Settings (Academic and Fieldwork)
    Gail Taleton, PT, DPT, OCS and Jaime Smiley, MS OTR/L

Posters -- 10:30 – 11:30

  • Community Based Intervention for Adults Living in Government Subsidized Housing (Health and Wellness) Intermediate Level
    Jeanne Wenos, PED; Olivia Daniels, OTS; Danielle Greer, OTS; Shannon Hagerty, OTS; Azjah Land, OTS; and Barbara McGee, OTS
  • Exploring the Barriers Women with SCI/D Face when Accessing Preventive Healthcare Services: A Review of Literature (Rehabilitation and Disabilities)
    Haley Adducci, OTS and Hannah Harris, OTD, OTR/L
  • The Mental Health Effects and Copying Interventions of Occupational Therapy Graduate Students During COVID -19 (Mental Health)
    Amelia Martin, OTS

Session 2 -- 11:30 – 1:00

  • How Fieldwork Students Can Help Us Address the Challenges of Client Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA and Jaime Smiley, MS OTR/L

  • NBCOT Strategies for Success (Academic and Fieldwork)
    Shaun Conway, OTR/L
    This presentation will not be recorded

Posters -- 1:00 – 1:30

  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Occupational Performance and Occupational Therapy’s Role (Rehabilitation and Disabilities)
    Elise Walton, OTS and Allison Ellington, OTD, OTR/L

  • The Road to Improving Patient and Occupational Therapist Resources to Promote Community Connections for an Inpatient Psychiatry Setting (Mental Health)
    Olivia Rauch Tumperi, OTD, OTR/L

Session 3 – 1:30 – 3:00

  • Student Anxiety in Occupational Therapy Educational Programs: How to Identify Address and Assist Learners who are Uneasy (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    Jeff Loveland, OTD, MS OTR/L, FAOTA

Sunday October 18th

Session 1 -- 12:30 – 2:00

  • OTA Forum (General and Professional Issues) Intermediate Level
    Kimberly Kearney, COTA/L
  • Recharging Advocacy: A Primer for Practicing and Students (General Professional Issues)
    Rachelle Dorne, M.Ed., Ed. D., OTR/L, CAPS and Supriya Sen, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Posters -- 2:00 – 2:30

  • Changing the Context: Using the OTPF Fourth Edition to Promote Occupational Justice Related to People with Serious Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities (General Professional Issues)
    Madeline Brothers, OTS; Ansley Foster, OTS; and Amy Russell Yun, OTR/L

  • Putting the Hurt to Use: Integration of Life Experiences and the Development of Therapeutic Use of Self for Mental Health Occupational Therapists (Mental Health)
    Susan Krutis, ScD, OTR/L; Joshua Wenig, OTS; Hannah Cooper, COTA/L OTS

Session 2 -- 2:30 – 4:00

  • Power of Play: Use of Play and Playfulness to Improve Mental Health in Adolescents (Child and Youth)
    Lindsey Sawyer, OTR/L and Molly Norris, MS, CCLS

  • What Did You Say?! Occupational Therapy and Hearing Loss in Older Adults (Productive Aging)
    Kristen Chang, OTD, MOTR/L, CLT

Wednesday October 21st

Town Hall - Licensure Compact Initiative at 7:30
Lead by VOTA President,Erin Clemens, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI

Sunday October 25th

Session 1 -- 12:30 – 2:00

  • A Win-Win: How OTA and OTD programs are Collaborating through the OTD Doctoral Practicum Experience to Mold Future Educators (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    Megan K. Cook, OTD, OTR/L; Amanda Leo, MOT, OTR/L; Kathryn Skibek, OTD, OTR/L; Sharon Wright, OTR/L; and Cara Richardson, MS OTR/L

  • NBCOT Your Partner Throughout Your Career (General Professional Issues) Intermediate Level
    Shaun Conway, OTR/L
    This presentation will not be recorded

Posters -- 2:00 – 3:00

  • Chronic Pain: Occupational Therapy’s Role Utilizing Pain Neuroscience Education (Rehabilitation and Disabilities)
    Kristen Bozza, OTS and Sandy Wagoner, OTD, MOTR/L, CHT
  • Development, Implementation, and Assessment of Level I Fieldwork Using Digital Stimulation (Academic and Fieldwork) Intermediate Level
    Emily Budd, OTD, MS OTR/L; Shelley Knewstep-Watkins, OTD, OTR/L; and Sheri Montgomery, OTD, OTR/L

    Session 2 – 3:00 – 4:30

    • Inequality and Implicit Bias in Heathcare: The Role of OT in Recognizing Health Inequalities & Bias Related to Black Americans within Health Care (General Professional Issues)
      Danica Mazique, OTD, OTR/L
    • Lyme Disease and Occupational Therapy: An Epidemical Call to Action (Rehabilitation and Disabilities)
      Shannon Kane Meador, OTA

    ** Unless otherwise noted as intermediate or advanced, the level of presentation is an introduction level presentation.**

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