Sep 14

New Autism Support Certificate

Did you hear the news?!?  Etown College is offering an interdisciplinary autism support certificate program.  This program will be taught by Dr. Kerri Hample and Dr. Kelly Mahler and is designed to infuse evidence-based practice into daily assessment and interventions with this population.  This is a great way to add to your professional knowledge and skills.  As of today, only 5 “seats” remain!  Let’s fill those last 5 seats — significant discounts for Elizabethtown College alumni!


Jan 20

International Service in Peru

by Kaitlyn Freed, graduate OT student (class of 2020)

What did you do over the recent holidays?  Six occupational therapy students and an O.T. alumnus participated in an international service trip to Peru over winter break. The trip was planned and organized through the College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement. The group spent the week building two different houses in La Florida, Peru with The Fuller Center for Housing. We also had the opportunity to go to a therapy center and help out for the day. It was a lot of fun. 

& OT students in Peru

O.T. students (left to right): Emily Sipe, Nichole Campbell, Rachel Gould, Kaitlyn Freed, Anajulia Blanch, Jillian Nichols, Charity Good

Dec 16

Putting “Educate for Service” into Practice

by Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L

21 students who volunteered with Rebuilding TogetherThis past semester, 21 senior Occupational Therapy students had the opportunity to collaborate with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that helps people in the community stay in their homes by providing home safety evaluations and home repairs. Students completed home safety evaluations for clients in the greater Harrisburg area, and provided written reports to Rebuilding Together with recommendations for improving safety and fall prevention. This collaborative project allowed the students to utilize and apply their skills learned in their current practice course related to home evaluations and modifications in a real-life, meaningful context. 

The Elizabethtown College OT Department looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Rebuilding Together in the future, and already has plans for volunteering on home repair projects in the spring. For more information on Rebuilding Together, visit


Nov 13

Interprofessional Camaraderie and Fall Fun

assorted fall desserts on a table with a leaf-themed tableclothIn the spirit of interprofessional camaraderie, the O.T. department invited the faculty and staff from the College’s new Physician Assistant (PA) program to a Fun Fall dessert bake-off.  As you can see, the desserts were delicious and ranged from super sweet to healthy granola and some gluten/dairy-free options.  The faculty and staff from the PA program were our official judges, and the winner was Diane Martin, OTD, OTR/L with her pumpkin cream cheese dip served with apple slices, graham crackers, and vanilla wafers. More importantly, we forged new relationships with the PA program, and we look forward to future opportunities for collaboration and interprofessional education with them and their future students. 

Oct 15

Posters, Presentations, and Conferences – oh my!

Woman giving a presentation at a microphoneWe are happy to announce that we have many student and/or faculty presentations and posters at TWO (yes – two) conferences this weekend. If you are heading to the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) Conference in King of Prussia, you may want to check out the the list of sessions below, and keep reading to learn about a presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Education Summit in Las Vegas, NV.

POTA – FRIDAY Oct 18, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM

  • Interoception Awareness Intervention: Improving Occupational Performance of Toileting  – Kaylin Echterling, MS, OT (‘19); Brooke Jones, MS, OT (‘19); Kelly Zielinski, MS, OT (‘19); & Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC

10:30 AM– 12:20 PM

  • Empowering the Anxious Student – Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM 

  • Addressing Sexuality in Acute Care Practice  – Hannah Burleigh, OTS: & Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM – Poster Session

  • Primary Care: What’s Stopping Us? – Joshua Reed, OTS; Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L
  • Clinician and Caregiver Perspectives on the BBC Sensory Scales  – Lauren Helmig, MS, OT (‘19); Brittany Romano, MS, OT (‘19); & Nancy Carlson, Ph. D. OTR/L
  • Billing and Clinical Reasoning: Do the New CPT Codes Impact Clinical Reasoning? – Judy Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease: An OT’s Guide to Participation – Gina Feeney, OTS; Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

  • Are You Anxious? How do You Know: Interoceptive Awareness – Megan Anderson, MS, OT (‘19); Alexa Feduchak, MS, OT (‘19); Chelsea Dantona, MS, OT (‘19); & Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC

3:30 – 4:20 PM Poster Session

  • Recent Graduates’ Perspectives of Fieldwork and Occupation-Based Practice –  Amanda Sabol, MS (‘19); Jordan Klase, MS (‘19); Morgan Smith, MS (‘19); & Judy Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L

POTA SATURDAY Oct. 19, 2019

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

  • Upper Extremity Device Adherence Following Acquired Brain Injury – Courtney Schauer, MS, OT (‘19); Angelina Farole, MS, OT (‘19); Bryn Yurick, MS, OT (‘19); & Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L

11:10 AM – 12:00 Noon Poster Session 

  • The Impact of Fall Prevention Education for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease – Missy Ziegler, OTS; & Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L
  • Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Ideal Components of a Transition Program – Deborah Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L, Emma Christman, MS, OT (‘19); Jenna Pelonero MS, OT (‘19)

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Las Vegas signAOTA Education Summit, Las Vegas, NV

SATURDAY Oct 19, 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Platform 204B –  Academic Intraprofessional Collaboration: Empiricism to Practice Content Focus: Signature Pedagogies  – Terri Dennehy, DEd, OTR/L & Janeene Sibla, OTD, OTR/L

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