Oct 25

OT Alum receives “Master Clinician Award”

Melissa (Muller) MeyersCongratulations to Melissa (Muller) Meyers, OTD, OTR/L (class of 2002) for receiving the Master Clinician Award.  Dr. Meyers was recognized at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s (POTA) annual conference and award ceremony on October 15, 2016 in Lancaster PA.  The Master Clinician Award is given by POTA to an occupational therapy practitioner who has consistently provided high quality occupational therapy services and who has shared their knowledge and expertise. Dr. Meyers was nominated for her continual contributions of her time and talent.  She currently works as the Director of the Stroke Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program and the Young Empowerment Stroke Support Group at Moss Rehab in Jenkintown, PA.

Melissa Meyers and award recipients

Melissa Meyers, (2nd from the right) with POTA board members and other award recipients.

Oct 04

The 2016 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference Features Faculty & Student Presentations

Have you heard?  Etown students and faculty will once again be giving various presentations at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference.  This year’s conference is October 14-15 and is being held locally in Lancaster.  Come and support your fellow blue jays!

Sample posters for presentations

FRIDAY October 14  


10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Clients’ Perspectives of Meaningful Healthcare Relationships

Erin Kelly, MS, OT (’16); Jennifer Brandt, MS, OT (’16); Katelyn Colyer, MS, OT (’16): & Tamera Keiter Humbert, DEd, OTR/L

Exploring Electroencephalographic Neurofeedback for an Individual Experiencing Anxiety

Heidi Weidemoyer, MS, OT (’16); Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L; Maureen Docker, MS, OT (’16); & Erin N. Kelly, MS, OT (’16)

Quality of Life after Stroke: A Thematic Analysis

Angela Salvadia, EdD, OTR/L; Beth Hildebrand, MS, OT (’16); Sabrina Light, MS, OT (’16); & Amanda Wenrich, MS, OT (’16)


11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Challenge Yourself: Creating a Conference Proposal with Confidence

Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L, Michelle Baun, OTR/L, Daniel Fichter, OTD, OTR/L, Traci A Herc, MOT,OTR/L, E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Erin Horting, MS, OT (’16) OTS, Megan Driscoll, MOT, OTR/L, Christopher Yang, OTS

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Advocacy 101: The Whats, Whys & Hows of Professional Advocacy

Cathy Dolhi, OTR, OTR/L, FAOTA; Kerri Golden EdD, OTR/L; & Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L

3:00 – 4:50 PM

Intraprofessional Collaboration: Innovations in OT/OTA Academia

Terri Reichley Dennehy, MEd, OTR/L

SATURDAY October 15


10:00 AM – 12 noon

The Affordable Care Act and Occupational Therapy Private Practice

Nicole Brackman, BS, OTS; Adam Amspacher, BS, OTS; & Deborah Waltermire, MHS, OTR/L


7:00  – 7:50 AM

Using Popular Culture to Educate Clients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Nicole Cwiertniewicz, MS, OT (’16); Kathryn Joe, MS, OT (’16); Meghan Sarik, MS, OT (’16); & Terri Reichley Dennehy, MEd, OTR/L

8:00 – 8:50 AM

Creating Fieldwork Solutions to Pennsylvania’s Site Shortage

Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Truckin’ Along: Occupational Therapy and Wellness

Rebecca Patten, MS, OT (’16); Samantha Bruno, MS, OT (’16) MS; Allison Kelly, MS, OT (’16); Carolyn Leedy, MS, OT (’16); Payton Marunich, MS, OT (’16); Kristen Russ, MS, OT (’16); Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L; & Deborah Waltermire, MHS, OTR/L

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Wellness Program Perspectives for Female Adolescents At-Risk

Megan Stauffer, MS, OT (’16); Colette Hinton, MS, OT (’16); Jaina Shirk, MS, OT (’16); Brittany Ricedorf, MS, OT (’16); & Judy B. Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L

2:00 – 3:50 PM

Expanding Opportunities: A Psychosocial/Physical Disabilities Fieldwork Hybrid

Tracy Nornhold, MEd, OTR/L, Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L

Sep 27

A Place for Everyone to Play – Advocacy in Action

Imagine that your community is preparing to install new playground equipment at a public park.  What comes to mind?  Swings, see-saws, monkey bars?  What if you had the opportunity to help design that playground to be accessible and inclusive?  That’s exactly what one of our recent graduates is doing.

marla park 2 (1024x576)Marla Peiffer, MS, OT (’16) shared that she recently had the opportunity to meet with the designer/consultant about a new playground in her home community.  Although the original main playground structure was considered accessible according to standards, Marla worked with the designer to include some additional features such as interactive play panels with games and musical instruments that will encourage interaction between all children. An accessible see-saw was also included in the design along with a hard rubber surface (instead of mulch), and adapted swings that have special seats for trunk control.  Next, of course, is the search for funding such as grants and donations to help cover the costs of the added equipment.

Marla park 1 (1024x576)

Marla shared that because of her education at Etown, she is confident about her abilities to apply her OT education to real life such as talking with the designer and possibly writing some grant proposals.  As an encouragement for current students, Marla says, ” …take in all of the knowledge you can, because you never know where life will lead you after graduation! :)

What are some other opportunities for you to apply OT in your local community?


Sep 21

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed: Book review published by faculty & alumni

Occupational Therapy in Mental HealthCongratulations to Dr. Tam Humbert, Rachel Turkovich (MS, ’15), Kelly Van Clief (MS, ’15) & Elizabeth VanBuskirk (MS, ’15) on their recent publication of a book review based on Cheryl Strayed’s work, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  In their review, the authors noted various aspects of the author’s personal transformation and spirituality during her daily occupations, events, and relationships that unfolded during her adventures.

Click here to link to the article.

Humbert, T. K., Turkovich, R., Van Clief, K., & VanBuskirk, E. (2016) Transformation on the Pacific Crest Trail: A review of Cheryl Strayed’s narrative “Wild.” Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32(3), 312-315, DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2016.1202805


Sep 06

Seasons of Transition

By Nancy Carlson Steadman, PhD, OTR/L

Just as seasons change, the O.T. dept. is experiencing changes.  In June of this year, Dr. Judy Beck Ericksen completed two 3-year terms as O.T. department chairperson and program director.

Dr. Ericksen

Dr. Judy Ericksen

Dr. Ericksen’s term as chairperson was characterized by data-informed decision-making processes and a caring servant leadership style. Under her leadership, the faculty unified a vision for a new curriculum.  She is an embodiment of her signature tagline: “Blue Jays Always.”  In this next phase of her Blue-Jay Adventure, Dr. Ericksen is looking forward to focusing on both teaching and research. She continues her long-standing connection with the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). We are very grateful for her strong leadership and her commitment to this program and the future generations of occupational therapy practitioners.

Dr. Humbert

Dr. Tam Humbert

On that note, we happily announce that Dr. Tam Keiter Humbert assumed the role of department chairperson and program director.  Dr. Humbert is known as a clinician, scholar, educator, writer, and world-traveler.  She also brings clinical and academic administrative experience with her to this new role. This transition, true to Tam’s signature style, was signaled by a make-over of the chair’s office (see photo below).


Office makeover a la Tam!

Office makeover a la Tam!


Dr. Humbert has been part of the Etown O.T. department for many years, first as an adjunct instructor, and since 2007 as an associate professor.  One of her first high-impact tasks will be to shepherd the implementation of a revised curriculum. In addition, she plans to pursue her writing and other scholarly activities. We very much appreciate Dr. Humbert’s willingness to step into this role, and we look forward to working with her!

Feel free to comment below with favorite memories and notes and appreciation for Dr. Ericksen, and/or words of encouragement and congratulations to Dr. Humbert!



Aug 15

How does breast cancer affect cognition and occupational performance?

by Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L

Ann Marie Potter with 2 staff therapists from Christiana Care

Sarah Fronckzkowski, MS, OTR/L, CLT (’08), Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L, and Lisa Marshall, OTR/L, CLT

Faculty member Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L presented a workshop on Breast Cancer and Cognition to the Occupational Therapy staff at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, part of Christiana Care, in Newark, DE on 8/11/2016. The presentation was coordinated by staff therapist and Etown alum Sarah Fronczkowski, MS, OTR/L, CLT (’08).  The group learned about the etiology of cancer-related cognitive impairments and how changes in cognition result for a constellation of factors beyond chemotherapy alone.  The impact of these cognitive impairments on daily functioning is a very troublesome side effect for cancer survivors.  Because OT is designated as a first line intervention for cancer related cognitive impairment by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the role of OT in assessment and treatment of these impairments was discussed.  Ann Marie Potter is currently conducting research on the impact of breast cancer treatment on cognition and breast cancer.

Aug 08

OTs Present at the National Autism Conference

Leah Newman at the National Autism ConferenceLeah Newman (MS, ’16) and Dr. Kerri Hample presented a poster entitled, “Autism, Dietary Modifications, and the Social Participation and Roles of Caregivers: A Comparison Study” at the 2016 National Autism Conference in State College, PA on August 3, 2016. This presentation was based on Leah’s graduate research project.  Of the presenters from all over the United States, only three Occupational Therapists were selected to share research with behaviorists, teachers, speech language clinicians, parents and consumers.

Jul 05

Faculty and alumni are published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy

CongrC1 PAGE.inddatulations to Dr. Tam Humbert and alums, Christine Maley (MS, ’14), Nicole Pagana (MS, ’14), and Christa Velenger (MS, ’14) on their recent publication.  The full citation (in APA format, of course) is as follows:   

Maley, C. M,. Pagana, N., K., Velenger, C. A., & Humbert, T. K. (2016). Dealing with major life events and transitions: A systematic literature review on and occupational analysis of spirituality.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(4), 7004260010p1-7004260010p6. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2016.015537. You can find the article here.