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Occupational Therapy Student Research Conference

Giving Back to the Fullest

The occupational therapy department at Salem State University hosts its 15th Annual Student Research Conference, Giving Back to the Fullest.

Conference Details

March 24, 2018
Double Tree Hotel 
Danvers, MA

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Mission and Vision

The 2018 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.

Keynote Speaker

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivors, credit their recoveries with the treatment received at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Their participation in occupational therapy services helped improve their quality of life with the assistance of prosthetic equipment. They currently strive to aspire other victims of terrorism with traumatic injuries access treatment at military health care facilities.


8-8:45 am: Registration, Breakfast, Exhibits

8:45-9 am: Opening Remarks

10-10:15 am: Keynote Address, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky

9-10 am: Break, Exhibits, Networking

10:15-11:30 am: Session I Lecture Topics

11:45 am – 1 pm: Session II Lecture Topics

12:45-1:45 pm: Luncheon, Break, Exhibits, Networking

1:45-3 pm: Session III Lecture Topics

Session I: 10:15-11:30 am

A. Individual Presentation
Does Documentation Improve Perception of Bonding Experience
Ashley Bovarnick, COTA, OTS

B. Individual Presentation
Effects of Provider-client Disability Concordance
Jamie Viola, OTS

C. Older Adults Panel
OT Assessing Vision in Older Adults After a Fall
Melissa Andruszkiewicz, OTS

Animal Assisted Therapy Decrease Depression in Long Term Facilities
Antonio Herrera, OTS; Jennifer Rose, OTS; Alyssa Solomon, OTS             

D. College Panel
Sensory Kits to Manage Anxiety
Jennifer Buckley, COTA, OTS           

How Does a Coping Skill Intervention Program Impact Student Veterans
Chelsea Greene, OTS; Patrick Noble, OTS   

Coloring and Coping Skills with College Students
Nicole Chasse, OTS; Brianna Payos, OTS

Session II: 11:45 am-12:45 pm

A. Pair Presentation
Education on Ergonomics Smartphone Use
Nicole Rogato, COTA, OTS; Maryanne Tinkham, COTA, OTS

B. Individual Presentation
Parental Awareness of Recreation Resources
Kathleen McLoughlin, OTS

C. Dementia Panel
OT Perceive Change in Leisure Activities in Adults with Mild Dementia
Kelsea Ripa, OTS

Effect of OT Based Education on Reduction of Caregiver Burden for Adults with Dementia in Facilities
Erin Burt, COTA, OTS; Stacey McMahon, COTA, OTS

Does Socialization Improve with Older Adults Participation
Christopher Wiliams, COTA, OTS

D. Play Panel
Functional Playground Engagement with Children Who Have Developmental Disorders
Alicia Carroll, OTS; Jessica Kuchar, OTS

Will Added Floor Time to ABA Program  with ASD Children, Result in Positive  Social Emotional Behavior
Emily Rudolph, OTS

E. Young Adult Panel
Effects Physical Play Activity on ADHD Children
Liam Hanratty, OTS; Joseph Mutchler, OTS

At Risk Transitioning Youth and Life Skills Preparedness
Ruth Nelson, COTA, OTS

Session III 1:45-3 pm

A. Individual Presentation
Experience of College Student with Low Vision and Impact in Occupations
Jennelle Noll, OTS

B. Individual Presentation
How Symptoms of Autism Disorder Effect Engagement for Adults with ASD
Ashley Shea, OTS

C. Parent Based Panel
Effect Teacher Education on Emotional Regulation Skills Children in University Preschool
Sydney McKenzie, OTS; Megan McPhilemy, OTS

Participate in Health Activities Lower Stress in Parent’s vs. Those Who Do Not
Maria Busa, OTS

D. School Based Panel
Effects of Yoga for Increasing Time-on Task with Elementary Students Diagnosed with Autism
Chelsea Belanger, COTA, OTS

Self-regulations with  Kindergarteners Increase Attention During Fine Motor
Courtney Fullen, COTA, OTS

Effect Consultation Carryover Skill Change in Developmental Delayed Preschoolers
Lisa Weaver-Morris, COTA, OTS                                           

When 3:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel
50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA 01923
Sandy Krushenick
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