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Tomeico awardTomeico Faison, DPT Presented AOTA Award for Excellence

OTD faculty and students presented at AOTA’s annual meeting in April. Congratulations to Tomeico Faison, OTD, on receiving the Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Occupational Therapy! 

Congratulations to the following students who did an outstanding job representing Duke OTD at AOTA:

Karol Guerrero, Caroline Lass, Tomeico Faison presented “Conversations that Matter-Holistic Admissions, Diversity & OT Graduate Programs”
Belden Long presented “Conversations that Matter-Virtual Family & Community Engagement Strategies”

And these students did an excellent job representing OTD at NCOTA:  
Emmanuel Acheampong, & Dai’Jonnai Smith, “Membership Engagement within the NCOTA”

Sarah Price, Karol Guerrero, Stephanie Timmons, & Belden Long, (with Abigail Carroll, and Benita Hall) “Intervention Guided by the Transactional Perspective”

April 2022

Bringing a New Vision of Occupational Therapy to Duke

Barb Hooper in IPE

When the job announcement first popped up in Barb Hooper’s email inbox, she didn’t bother to open it. She was an associate professor at Colorado State, and as director of the Center for Occupational Therapy Education, her focus was on the educational component of occupational therapy. The email announcement was for a position to develop a new occupational therapy program at Duke, and Hooper presumed she wouldn’t be quite what they were looking for. 

“I didn’t open it because I just assumed the position would be geared toward a career scientist,” Hooper said. “But someone else I knew opened it and said, ‘Barb, this is written for you.’ It turned out the search committee had crafted the position for an education scholar with my exact background. So I jumped in.” 

It turns out she was precisely what Duke was looking for. She got the job, and now, almost three years later, the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program Duke, developed under her leadership, is up and running. Duke welcomed the program’s inaugural cohort of 40 students in August 2021.

Read the full article here.

February 2022