Jul 09

Morgan Smith Attends AOTF Summer Institute for Future Scientists in OT

Morgan Smith (left) with fellow future scientists.

Morgan Smith, MS ’19, recently attended the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy.  She was selected from among many applicants to attend the 1-day institute, followed by a 2-day Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, held at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, from June 20-22, 2019.  The institute provides mentoring to potential future doctoral students while connecting them to potential research mentors.  Morgan’s experience is highlighted by her comments below.

The institute for future scientists gave me the opportunity to learn more about the application process for PhD and OTD programs, how the two degrees differ, what is to be expected during each type of program, and what a life dedicated to research often looks like. I also got to meet leaders in occupational therapy research such as Ginny Stoffel, Roger Smith, and Mary Lawlor to name just a few. The most beneficial part of the institute was the opportunity to speak one-on-one with faculty from a variety of R1 academic institutions, and engage in conversations around my personal research goals and interests, as well as hear about the passions of others. 

The next two days consisted of presentations and posters as part of the Summit of Scholars. There was also ample time to continue networking, and I got to speak with PhD students from the programs that many of the faculty teach at. 

I walked into this event knowing I wanted to pursue getting a PhD in the coming years, but walked away even more energized about the possibility of devoting my life to making a difference within occupational therapy by researching pediatric mental health. It was amazing to be surrounded by such brilliant and supportive people from our profession, and I’m excited to join this incredible group of researchers as a future scientist. 

Congratulations to Morgan, and we look forward to hearing about your future graduate school and research endeavors.  

Apr 24

OT student wins Business Department Award

Congratulations to Megan Stone for receiving a merit award on April 10th from the college’s Business Department for her achievements and involvement in the Family Business and Entrepreneurship Program.  Although Megan is a senior occupational therapy (OT) student, she is completing a business minor in Family Business and Entrepreneurship (FBE), and she is the first OT student to complete this minor.  Megan will be a graduate OT student in the MS class of 2020.   Congrats again to Megan for her outstanding performance outside of the Occupational Therapy Department!

Apr 01

Get Ready for E-town Presentations in the Big Easy – New Orleans, here we come!


If you are headed to the American Occupational Therapy Association conference, visit and attend a presentation by E-town faculty and recent graduates. We hope to see you! 



Thurs. Apr 4, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

POSTER CY 1020 – Improving Interoception: Hunger, Sleep, Emotional Regulation, and Toileting. Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC; Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L; Jen Newman, MS’18, OT; Melissa Keene, MS’18, OT; Megan Goss, MS’18, OT; Jennifer Gallo, MS’18, OT; Adeline Stang, MS’18, OT; Carly Ensor, MS’18, OT; & Mary Ludwig, MS,’18, OT.

Thurs, April 4th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

POSTER AFW 2011 – Intraprofessional Collaboration in OT Academia: Exploring OT/OTA Educational Practices. Terri R. Dennehy, DEd, OTR/L; Taylor Brown, MS (’18), OTR/L, Olivia Powers, MS (’18), OTR/L; & Janelle Sovay, MS (’18), OTR/L

 POSTER CY 2011 – Maternal Opioid Addiction, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Infant Mental Health: OT’s Role. Erica Wentzel, OTD, OTR/L

Thurs, April 4th, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

POSTER CY 3001 – Coaching: Food Can Influence Occupational Performance and Health. Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC; Samantha Freas, MS’18, OT; & Nikki Thompson, MS’18, OT

Fri. April 5, 10 – 10:50 AM

Conversations That Matter 208 – Helping Pregnant & Parenting Women; Their Children Who Are Affected by Opioid Addictions. Erica Wentzel, OTD, OTR/L

Fri, April 5th, 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM

POSTER HCH 5005 – A Feasibility Study of the Use of Occupation-Based Text Messaging To Provide Health-Based Support for Commercial Drivers. Caitlin Mitchell, MS (’18), OTR/L & Samantha Tobon, MS (’18),OTR/L.Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L (contributing author)

Sat, April 6th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

POSTER GP 7008 – Living With a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD): Occupational Performance of Young Adults. Rachel Brubaker, MS (’18), OTR/L; Emily Reese, MS (’18), OTR/L; & Samantha Speierman, MS (’18), OTR/L. Debbie Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L (contributing author).



Mar 17

The Power of One Day – A letter from the chairperson/program director

Greetings to Alumni and Friends of the OT Department,

Thank you for your continuous support over the years, whether it has been financial, related to supporting students in the clinic, teaching at the college, or assisting with our scholarship. It truly takes a community to mentor and support students to success.

Tuesday, March 19th is slated for our annual campaign “Power of One Day”. This year we have the availability to designate funds to go toward particular departments or the annual college fund. If you are planning to give, or will be doing this for the first time, I wish to express my gratitude. Your financial support does help us in planning for new Fieldwork Initiatives, the new Curriculum, and innovative scholarship projects.

For more information, click on the Power of One Day, or click here if you are ready to make your online donation now.  Any amount is appreciated and can be directed to the OT department.

With sincere thanks,

Tamera Keiter Humbert, D.Ed., OTR/L

Feb 20

O.T. Graduate Student Selected to Summer Institute for Future Scientists

by Tam Humbert, DEd, OTR/L

Morgan Smith, MS Class of 2019

Morgan Smith, MS Class of 2019

The Occupational Therapy Department is pleased to announce that Morgan Smith, current graduate student, was selected to attend the AOTA/AOTF Summer Institute for Future Scientists in Occupational Therapy. The Summer Institute and Summit of Scholars is in June 2019 at the Medical University of South Carolina.  The Summer Institute “recognizes and develops students who have shown dedication to research in the profession and are interested in making significant contributions as scientists in the field.”

The competitive application process is a national search open to occupational therapy students with an interest and passion in pursuing ongoing research; selected individuals receive scholarships to attend the institute. Congratulations, Morgan, on this prestigious accomplishment!

Feb 01

Senior OT Students travel to the Dominican Republic for Service

by Kaitlyn Freed, OTS

Nichole Campbell, Kaitlyn Freed and Elizabeth Mazer

3 O.T. students with Fadua - an OT from the Dominican Republic

Nichole, Fadua, Kaitlyn, and Elizabeth

Three of us (senior O.T. students) traveled to the Dominican Republic (DR) over the winter break as part of the College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).  We volunteered for a week with the organization Outreach360, where we taught English to children in the public school as well as in an after school learning center.

During the trip we visited a rehabilitation center in town, where we met an occupational therapist who was trained and practicing in the DR. We were all excited that we got to see an occupational therapist practicing in a different culture and context.  Much of the principles and theories were concepts that we have already learned about, but it was interesting to see them applied in an international setting.  The equipment and supplies were also familiar to us – a ball pit, swings, as well as modalities of ultrasound and heat.  The trip was packed with new learning experiences and was a trip that none of us will ever forget.



Oct 03

Students and Faculty Presentations in Pittsburgh at the 2018 POTA Conference

We hope to see you at the 2018 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association‘s conference in Pittsburgh, October 12-13. Elizabethtown College will be well-represented with various presentations.  Come support your fellow blue jays!


Occupational Performance of Young Adults with Congenital Heart Defects – Deborah Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L, Rachel Brubaker, MS ’18, Emily Reese, MS ’18, and Samantha Speierman, MS ’18, OTR.   [7:30 AM – 8:20 AM: Presentation]

Parent and Child Perspectives: Unified Sports – Lauren Helmig & Hannah Beatty, current graduate students, and Nancy Carlson, PhD, OTR/L [10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Poster]

An Interdisciplinary Sensory Processing Measure – Nancy Carlson, PhD., OTR/L; Hannah Bacon, MS ’18; Laurie Conran, MS ’18; & Camilla Keady, MS ’18 [10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Poster]

Model for Training Performance Based Measures – Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L and M. Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L [11:30 AM – 12:20 PM: Presentation]

OT Advocacy/Legislative Updates – Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FHCMC [2:00 – 2:30 PM Panel Presentation; other legislative sessions may be scheduled.  Check the program for more information.]

Improving Interoception: Hunger, Sleep, Emotional Regulation and Toileting – Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC; Carly Ensor, MS ’18; Jennifer Gallo, MS ’18; Megan Goss, MS ’18;  Melissa Keene MS ’18; Mary Ludwig, MS ’18; Jennifer Newman, MS ’18; and Adelaide Stang, MS ‘18 [2:40 PM – 4:30 PM: Presentation]

Exploring the Influence of coloring on Attachment – Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L; Megan DeMichele, MS ’18;  Shelby Brown, MS ’18;  Alyssa Frankenfield, MS ’18; & Victoria Pagano, MS ‘18 [2:40 PM – 4:30 PM: Poster]

In-Home Hospice Nursing: Work and Life Experiences Through the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) Lens – Courtney Schauer, current graduate student, and Nancy Carlson, PhD, OTR/L [2:40 PM – 4:30 PM: Poster]


Gender Differences in the Brain Development of Children Who Have Experienced Trauma – Brenna McNamee, current graduate student, and Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L [9:00 – 10:50 AM: Poster]

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Disability Ministries – Rachel Brubaker, MS ’18, OT & and Debbie Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L [11:00 – 11:50 AM: Presentation]