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

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.

Sep 27

See you soon…at these Etown presentations at the POTA conference in October!

We are happy to announce that Etown faculty and recent graduates will be giving presentations on various topics at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference in State College PA.  For more information on the POTA conference, click here.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Poster Session: 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exploring Clinical Reasoning for Trauma and Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L, Adriana Bertolino, MS OT (’17), Shannon Deck, MS OT (’17), & Kathleen Wilkinson, MS OT (’17)

Presentations 11:30 – 12:20  

  • Occupation-Based Coaching for Truck Drivers: Pilot
    • Emily Good, MS OT (’17), Jaime Deisher, MS OT (17), & Rachel Sassaman, MS OT (’17). Contributing author: Ann Marie Potter, MA, OTR/L
  • Interoception: Innovative Intervention Protocol for Children with Autism
    • Adam Amspacher, MS OT (17), Alyssa Rea, MS OT (’17), Elisabeth Niehaus, MS OT (’17), Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, Kelly Mahler, OTR/L, & Sue West, OTR/L

Advocacy and Legislative Update – 2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L will participate in a panel presentation, representing the Pennsylvania OT Licensure Board

Poster Session: 3:00 – 4:50 PM

  • The Impact of Sensory Processing on Family Routines
    • Alli Doughton, MS OT (’17), Rebecca Roth, MS OT (’17), Audrey Barrett, MS OT (’17), & Nancy Carlson-Steadman, PhD., OTR/L
  • An Innovative Approach to Measuring Sensory Processing Patterns
    • Mikayla Kemmerly, MS OT (’17), Katelyn Guilfoy, MS OT (’17), Carly Mutter, MS OT (’17), & Nancy Carlson Steadman, PhD, OTR/L

Presentation/Workshop:  3:00 PM – 4:50 PM

  • Using Food to Energize your Health and Wellness
    • Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L
  • Fieldwork as an Entry Point for Practice
    • Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L


Poster Session: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

  • Real-Time Motion Capture Technology for UE Rehabilitation
    • Jenna Nguyen, MS OT (’17), Laiken McCleaf, MS OT (’17), Dana Robidoux MS OT (’17), Daniel Panchik, DSc, OTR/L, & Kurt DeGoede, PhD
  • Decision Making in Evaluation: A Grounded Theory Study
    • Megan Ziff, MS OT (’17), Adelyn Enders, MS OT (’17), & Elise Starkey, MS OT (’17). Contributing author: Judy Beck Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L


Jan 19

Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Management – Register today

Register today for this conference, March 30-31 in Hershey, PA.  Etown’s OT department contributed to the planning committee for this conference, sponsored by the Penn State’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at the Hershey Medical Center. Earn up to 12 contact hours of professional development.  It promises to be a great continuing education opportunity.  For more information, click here.

Spinal Cord Injury Conference at Penn state Hershey


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

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 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