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Fawn Carson, MS, OTR/L, ATP

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MS, OTR/L, ATP

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Nika Ball, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Nika Ball

MOT, OTR/L, ATP

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Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Rebecca Neiduski

PhD, OTR/L, CHT

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Franklin Stein, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Franklin Stein

PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Advisory Board Member


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Presenter: Winnie Dunn PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Dr. Dunn is Distinguished Professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Missouri.  She is also a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and co-founder of Dunn & Pope Strengths Based Coaching.

She is an internationally known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life.  She has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken around the world about her work. She is the author/ coauthor of all of the Sensory Profile measures, which capture people’s responses to sensory events in everyday life; these assessments have been translated into dozens of languages and are used for both professional practice and in research programs. She has received the top honors in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, and the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions; she is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has received the A. Jean Ayres research award.

She has also received awards for innovative and engaging teaching, including the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kemper Teaching Fellowship and in 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professorship from the University of Kansas.  She has written a book for the public about her research entitled Living Sensationally understanding your senses, which has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times newspaper among others. In July 2009, Living Sensationally received the Seal of Excellence from the Children of the New Earth magazine for parents, professionals and other caregivers.

Dr. Dunn’s most recent work is to demonstrate the effectiveness of coaching to support families and other professionals.  She has conducted several research studies and published about the use of coaching with families who have children with autism. She has also employed web conferencing technology to support families in remote locations who cannot get services; her telehealth studies have also shown that coaching is also effective within these technology options, broadening ideas about how to provide evidence based care to all families.

Presenter: Stephen Page OTR/L, PhD, MS, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

Dr. Page’s team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. He has held uninterrupted extramural funding to support his rehabilitative trials for over 15 years, and has produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation, brain stimulation in moderately impaired individuals, and several other innovative strategies in people with acquired brain injuries. This includes 8 NIH grants and 5 grants from the American Heart Association, as well as funding from multiple private organizations and subcontracts. He has also published well over 120 peer-reviewed articles and has served as guest issue editor for 14 special issues of rehabilitative and neurological journals since 2001, including The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. He was named a "fellow" by the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, the American Heart Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and a standing panel member on NIH's Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Panel. Previously, he was named Outstanding Graduate Student at both Ball State University and the University of Tennessee and was named “Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student” in the State of Ohio by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. As a result of his high level of research activity, Dr. Page was recently ranked as the field’s most impactful researcher in terms of publication intensity (Y-index) during the period 1991-2014.

While "translation" is a common buzzword in academic circles, very few clinician scientists make efforts to actually speak regularly with nonscientist audiences (such as clinicians and patients) about their findings. To accomplish such translation, Dr. Page has organized and chaired 8 regional, national, and international neurorehabilitation conferences co-chaired the 2003 and 2004 international, joint meetings of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation/the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Locally, he created and co-direct the Ohio Neurorehabilitation Academy, which brings in national speakers to provide all day, "hands-on" neurorehabilitation education to rehabilitation clinicians from across his region. He also takes great joy in providing lunch and learns to area clinicians, and, outside of his region co-developed and co-implements the field's only stroke certification for physical and occupational therapists. This seminar-based program - called the "Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist" (CSRS) - is another way that he translates scientific information to clinicians. You can learn more about this opportunity at www.strokecertification.com. Dr. Page also leads the field's only Neurorehabilitation webinar series, which is available at https://www.occupationaltherapy.com/general/neuro-series

Finally, he has mentored well over 60 students, with almost all of them at least publishing a paper and/or presenting the results of their work at a professional meeting. His mentees have won multiple awards for their work, including 4 "Outstanding Poster" Awards in the past 2 years alone at the annual, international, meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and 4 capstone awards, won by mentees in engineering over the past 4 consecutive years. In 2008 Dr. Page was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.

Presenter: Pamela E. Toto PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She is Board Certified in Gerontology and a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Toto has over 26 years of clinical, teaching and research experience focusing on productive aging for older adults. Dr. Toto’s research focuses on client-centered interventions to promote independence, participation and healthy aging in older adults. She has completed research examining the impact of physical activity on ADL/IADL performance in older adults and research exploring the feasibility of client-centered goal setting with older adults in primary care. Dr. Toto’s most current research explores the impact of behavioral interventions to reduce frailty and frailty-related disability in older adults. Dr. Toto’s service to the profession has included elected leadership positions within the American Occupational Therapy Association including Gerontology Special Interest Section Chairperson, Chairperson of the Special Interest Section Council, and Board of Directors.


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