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]






Aug 23

Welcome to our new blue jays!

Can you believe summer is over?!?  Our newest incoming class moves in to campus this weekend, and the rest of our students return, including our graduate students who were engaged in level II fieldwork over the summer.  This year we welcome 64 new freshman students!  Together with the upperclassman, the OT department comprises 284 students!

Welcome to all of our blue jays! 


Apr 24

Graduate OT Student + Biology Professor = Collaboration and Publication

Congratulations to current occupational therapy graduate student, Danielle Barattini and Dr. Anya Goldina, Assistant Professor of Biology for their recent publication, Exploring Student Perceptions of a Station-based Teaching Approach in The Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. The article discusses the use of different learning approaches in the anatomy and physiology lab here at Elizabethtown. Ms. Barattini has been a teaching assistant in the Anatomy & Physiology labs since 2015.

The full article citation is Goldina, A. & Barattini, D. (2018). Exploring student perceptions of a station-based teaching approach in the human anatomy and physiology laboratory. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Educator, 22(1), 61-68. doi: 10.21692/haps.2018.007.

cover of HAPS journal


Apr 10

Look for Etown Blue Jays in Salt Lake City, UT

Faculty, students, and recent graduates will be attending and presenting at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  We hope to see you there!

Friday 4/20

Poster Session 9-11 AM

HW 4004 Using Food to Energize Your Health and Practice: The Importance of Understanding Real Food as an Occupational Therapist.  Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L.

GP 4007 Decision Making in the Occupational Therapy Evaluation Process: A Grounded Theory Study. Elise Starkey, MS (’17), OTR/L, Adelyn Enders, MS (’17), OTR/L, & Megan Ziff, MS (’17), OTR/L. Contributing Author: Judy Beck Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L.

PA 4004 Interdisciplinary Collaboration To Develop a Walker Attachment To Increase Stabilization and Reduce the Risk of Falls in the Elderly Population. Jennifer Newman, BS, OTS. Contributing Author: Judy Beck Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L.

Poster Session 12:30 – 2:30 PM

CY 5005 Living With a Child Who Has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: What Do Parents Think? Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, Rachel Engelhardt, MS (’17), OTR/L, Markia Johnson, MS (’17), OT & Angela Meyers, MS (’17), OTR/L.

CY 5016 Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales: An Innovative Approach To Measuring Sensory Patterns Among Pediatric Populations. Nancy Carlson, PhD, OTR/L, Katelyn Guilfoy, MS (’17), OTR/L, Mikayla Kemmerly, MS (’17), OTR/L, & Carly Mutter, MS (’17), OTR/L.

Saturday April 21

Poster Session 9 – 11 AM

Research 7029 (ADED) Occupation-Based Coaching for Commercial Truck Drivers: A Pilot Study. Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L, Jaime Deisher, MS (’17), OTR/L, Emily Good, MS (’17), OTR/L, & Rachel Sassaman, MS (’17), OTR/L.

Sunday April 22

Workshop 8 – 11 AM

#402 Interoception: Define It, Assess It, Practical Strategies To Improve It, Document It, and Implications for Self-Regulation. Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, Adam Amspacher, MS (’17), OTR/L, Elizabeth Niehaus, MS (’17), OTR/L, & Alyssa Rea, MS (’17), OTR/L.