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Annual Student Conference

2017 Occupational Therapy graduate conference

Working Together Toward Tomorrow

The occupational therapy department at Salem State University will host its 16th Annual Student Research Conference on March 30, 2019, at the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA.


2019 Keynote Speaker

Warren Dahlin, MS, OTR/NBCOT (ret)

A graduate of Boston University and registered occupational therapist, Mr. Dahlin practiced in long term care for 45 years that included work with Holocaust survivors, and Native American elders and leaders. He invented and patented breakthrough technology that painlessly relieves post-stroke patients of their contracted hands. Mr. Dahlin was an early leader in identifying elder abuse as a social and clinical issue. His effort led to 45 states adopting protective legislation in under three years. Yet somehow, while accomplishing all of this, he generously shared his skills and knowledge by teaching at the college level for 40 years.

Register the day of the conference with cash or check.

Conference Mission and Vision

The conference promotes emerging practice areas in the field of occupational therapy through graduate research panels. In the spirit of improving quality of life, with a focus on community needs, this year’s graduating cohort is seeking to donate a percentage of the proceeds to charities striving to help those in need globally.

Our occupational therapy students plan the conference as a part of their studies and, in the process, learn to:

  • Obtain a keynote speaker
  • Procure vendors
  • Determine food and media needs
  • Create a brochure
  • Develop a website
  • Organize the conference structure
  • Develop and disseminate participant surveys

Students also present their research results as part of the conference. Occupational therapy practitioners, ancillary health service personnel, faculty members, and students from several local occupational therapy programs attend this exciting annual event.

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