May 19

Hot off the Presses – Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: A Model for Practice and Research

spirituality bookWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Tam Humbert published a book,  Spirituality and Occupational Therapy:  A Model for Practice and Research.  Published by AOTA Press, the book reflects Dr. Humbert’s interests in spirituality and how occupational therapists can integrate spirituality into daily practice to enhance clients’ well-being and occupational performance. Considering multiple perspectives of spirituality and based on several years of research and practice, this book also includes concepts and meaning that were derived from several E-town graduate research projects that were mentored by Dr. Humbert. 

Get more information about this new and exciting book at AOTA’s website!

Apr 28

O.T. Student Wins NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Jacalyn Hikes

Jacalyn Hikes

Senior O.T. student, Jacalyn Hikes, received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship! The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to students who excel in athletics and academics. Ms. Hikes has been a member of the College’s field hockey team, and she is named to the College’s Dean’s list for her academic achievements.  She recently completed an Honors in the Discipline project within the O.T. department.

Ms. Hikes is pursing O.T. because of her passion to help others.  She says “Elizabethtown College’s occupational therapy program has provided me with an outstanding education that has prepared me for the experiences to come.  At this point, I am grateful for what Elizabethtown College’s Occupational Therapy program has provided me, and I look forward to seeing where it will take me in the future.”  Ms. Hikes is interested in adult physical rehabilitation but is also interested in exploring more about pediatrics, and is keeping her options open as she learns more about the profession.

Ms. Hikes is a graduate of Nazareth Area High school in PA.  She will begin her first level II fieldwork this summer and will return to E-town in the fall for the graduate year of coursework.  Congratulations, Jacki!

Apr 20

Meet Miss MidState 2016 – a.k.a. Marla Peiffer, OT Graduate Student


Marla Peiffer, Miss MidState

Marla Peiffer, Miss MidState 2016

Last year we told you about a senior O.T. student who was named Miss York County for 2015.  Well, she’s done it again…but in another scholarship pageant.  Congratulations to current graduate student, Marla Peiffer, who was crowned Miss MidState in January 2016!

Marla represents the Mid-State region by participating in various service activities such as events at the Penn State Children’s Hospital at Hershey (part of the Children’s Miracle Network) and also reading with local elementary school students.  Marla continues to promote her advocacy platform, “Inclusion Revolution – Best Buddies Moving Forward” with the goal of promoting participation in social and leisure activities as well employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

2016 Marla Peiffer Miss MidState best buddies platform


In June, Marla will compete in the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship pageant, a precursor to the Miss America pageant. We wish her all the best in this endeavor and in her future career as an Occupational Therapist!

Apr 15

Presentations and more Presentations

April has been a busy month for E-town students and faculty.  We had multiple conference presentations, and we are hosting our annual O.T. Graduate Research Symposium on Monday April 18th.  We hope you will join us on Monday.

Earlier this month, Dan Panchik, DSC, OTR/L, attended and presented two posters at the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association conference, April 1-3 in Memphis TN.

  • Clinical Perspectives on the Utility of the Electronic-Hand Assessment Tool II (E-HAT II). Contributing authors:  Kurt DeGoede, Ph.D.; Jennifer Bush, B.S., MOTS (’15); Taylor Falin, B.S., MOTS (’15) & Lindsay Hetherington, B.S., MOTS (’15).
  • Developing the Electronic-Movement Analysis Tool (E-MAT): Detecting Changes in Tremor. Contributing authors:  Kurt DeGoede, Ph.D.; Christina Hoban, B.S., MOTS (’15); Natalie  Hrynkiewicz, B.S., MOTS (’15) & Jillian Miller, B.S., MOTS (’15)
Ann Marie Potter and 3 recent graduates with poster presentation

Megan Tursi, Monica Loranger, Carly Stull, and Ann Marie Potter. AOTA 2016


The American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference, April 7-10, featured various E-town faculty, students, recent graduates and alumni.  We hope everyone had a great time in Chicago!

Mar 23

O.T. Honor Society Welcomes New Student Members

by Erin N. Kelly, BS, MOTS

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), the OT Honor Society, welcomed 12 new members into the organization on March 13, 2016. These new members join the current 26 occupational therapy PTE students. Pi Theta Epsilon is a national honor society and recognizes the academic and service accomplishments of members.

PTE Induction 2016 inductees cropped

PTE’s newest members: Elisabeth Niehaus, Carly Ensor, Emily Reese, Kelly Kleindienst, Stephanie Bellott, Emma Johnson, Hannah Bowman,Lindsay Hockman, Alyssa Frankenfield, Victoria Pagano, Janelle Sovay, & Jennifer Newman.

This year’s Induction Ceremony featured guest speaker and alumnus Lisa Livingston, M.S., OTR/L, (’10). She spoke about engagement in occupational therapy from a practitioner’s perspective in order to motivate students to be their best self. In addition, the senior members were recognized for their involvement in PTE, while graduate student Robin Kreiser, BS, MOTSwas congratulated on her academic accomplishments because she is presenting her Honors in the Discipline research at the AOTA National Conference in Chicago next month.

2016 PTE members – Juniors, Seniors & Graduate students

The Upsilon Chapter of Elizabethtown College prides itself in being highly active; they volunteer and participate in multiple service events on campus and in the community, and they host and sponsor events featuring influential individuals.

Many thanks to our current PTE chapter officers and our faculty advisor:
President: Erin N. Kelly
Vice President: Jaime Deisher
Secretary: Jacalyn Hikes
Treasurer: Adelyn Enders
Club Council Representative: Rebecca Roth
Faculty advisor:  Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L

Mar 01

Winging Our Way to the Windy City for the 2016 AOTA Conference

Chicago skyline with dates for AOTA conferenceAre you going to Chicago for the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference?  If so, be sure to check out these presentations by E-town faculty, students, and recent graduates.  Hope to see you there!

Thurs. April 7

Perceived Quality of Life After Stroke — Angela Salvadia, Ed.D., OTR/L; Jannessa Miller (MS, ’15); Jacqueline Nunn (MS, ’15); & Kala Swope (MS, ’15). Poster 1096: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

A Comparison of Life Activities and Participation Across Three Cancer Types: Lung, Ovarian, and Metastatic Breast – Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L; Monica Loranger (MS ’15); Carly Stull (MS, ’15); & Megan Tursi, (MS, ’15). Poster 1095: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Spirituality and Occupational Therapy: Practice Considerations, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and a Conceptual Model- Tamera Keiter Humbert, D.Ed., OTR/L; Kathryn Karoly (MS, ’14); Christine Maley (MS, ’14); Nicole Pagana (MS, ’14); Kelly Van Clief (MS, ’14); Christa Velenger (MS, ’14); and Jeanne Wenos, P.E.D. Workshop 108: 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Saturday, April 9

Nonpharmacological Interventions for Sundowning Behaviors: A MOHO Perspective – Robin Kreiser (MOTS); Tamera Keiter Humbert, D.Ed., OTR/L. Poster 7020: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM



Jan 06

Alumna wins New Jersey Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Patricia (Tisdale) Clark, OTR/L, ’88.  Ms. Clark was recently named as a Governor’s Educator of the Year for the Somerville School District in New Jersey, where she provides occupational therapy services to children in K – 5th grade at the Van Derveer Elementary School.

Patricia Clark with other award winners

Patricia (Tisdale) Clark, fourth from left, with other award winners and school principals from Van Derveer Elementary School.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and in professional support services such as occupational therapy.  Requirements for this award include:  inspiring children of all abilities to learn, excellence in educational practices, and leadership in educational activities.  Ms. Clark was nominated by her colleagues or children’s parents for her work with students in grades 3-5.  In addition to providing special education services in classrooms, Ms. Clark leads a social skills group after school and provides various district-wide in-services for teachers in order to support successful learning.

Ms. Clark commented that OT is highly respected in her local school district in New Jersey and that she felt honored to be nominated.  She also credited Etown’s OT program for giving her the passion to go above and beyond her job responsibilities and promote/advocate for occupational therapy.  Way to go, Patti!