Suzanne Peloquin

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas

Photo of Suzanne Pelequin.Suzanne Peloquin is a tenured professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Health Professions, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where she has been on faculty since 1989. She is also the occupational therapist at ADA House, the alcohol and drug abuse women's center, a residential facility for women in recovery on Galveston Island, where she runs occupational therapy groups weekly. Prior to that she worked in mental health settings in Texas and West Virginia, both as staff therapist and administrator.

Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Peloquin engaged in various occupations that continue to inform her practice: nanny, religious sister in a teaching order, counselor in a halfway house, nursery school teacher, recruiter and admissions director in a northeastern college, troubleshooter in a Boys' and Girls' Club, teacher of art and languages at junior high and high school levels, and farm hand in tomato fields in Massachusetts.

Peloquin authored the 2005 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture. She has also written several book chapters and numerous articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and in international OT venues on topics related to the history and service of the profession, the nature, character, and art of occupational therapy practice, and the unique manifestations of empathy and spirituality. Her work on integrative approaches to education has been published in allied health, occupational therapy, and physical therapy journals. Considered provocative by some and evocative by others, Peloquin work prompts a reflective response.

Peloquin joins us in Michigan after having recently completed the rebuilding of her home on Galveston Island from which she was displaced for four and a half months. Hurricane Ike caused considerable damage to 70 percent of the homes of island residents, pressing them all to deeply explore the disruption of daily routines and a sense of place.

Other sessions held

"The Use of Art in Practice"
Speaker: Margy Hunter, M.A., M.S., LLP, OTR

Lunch and guest speaker
Lela A. Williams Llorens, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA

"What is Client-Centered Therapy? A Practice-Based Examination of Myths and Realities"
Speaker: Gary Kielhofner, Dr.P.H., OTR/L, FAOTA, and Renee Taylor, Ph.D.