Sandra Edwards, professor emerita in occupational therapy, has been honored as the 2016 Outstanding Alumna by the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumni selected by the chair and faculty in the occupational therapy department in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
At its June meeting, the Council on Social Work Education reviewed the undergraduate and graduate-level social work programs in the School of Social Work at WMU. The accreditation for both programs was affirmed for 8 years, without conditions or progress reports, the maximum period available from the CSWE.
WMU occupational therapy student, Erin Webster-Flynn, competed in the 42nd annual Maddak Awards, where OT professionals and students submit products they have invented or adapted to assist people with disabilities or recovering from illnesses and injuries.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $56,000 for a study of treatment of children with food selectivity. Dr. Michelle Suarez, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, will lead the project, which begins July 2016.
Dr. Janet Hahn, from the Center for Gerontology and the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, is leading a project totaling nearly $325,000 that will provide behavioral consultation and services to aging people with cognitive impairment at skilled nursing facilities in Michigan.
WMU Department of Occupational Therapy will offer a new graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation beginning this fall. The new certificate program will provide training on the unique needs of individuals with vision loss.
Dr. Patricia Tattersall, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program alumna, received the 2016 NIU Research Mentor Award at NIU's seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day. Tattersall received the annual award for embodying the qualities of an effective and influential mentorship.