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March 7, 2018

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March 1, 2018

OT Student Mallory Halverson – Research poster to be featured at AOTA conference!

OT student Mallory Halverson’s poster was selected out of more than 300 research posters to be featured in the Young Scientist Theater at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference in April. One of the priorities of AOTA is to promote scholarly research and evidence-based practice. This event allows young scientists a special opportunity to present their research to a larger audience. Mallory was mentored by Dr. Veronica Rowe and is a co-presenter of this poster.


February 22, 2018

Successful Mock Interview Day – February 10th

Mrs. LaTisha Standokes, OT Program Advisor coordinated with the Students for Pre-Occupational Therapy (SPOT) and the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to sponsor Mock Interviews at UCA on Saturday, February 10th!

​UCA ​Alumni, Angela Bishop, gave tips for the interview process and allowed prospective applicants to ask questions! OTD student, Ashley Maffit, SOTA Liaison, was instrumental in coordinating between the two registered student organizations and creating a plan for interviews.​ Dr. Paschal offered suggestions for preparing for their interview to show breadth of knowledge and ideas for incorporating observations from their volunteer experience. ​

Current ​SOTA members shared about professional dress vs. business casual, and gave tips on interviewing. Each participant engaged in a group interview with typical interview questions​ and​ received specific suggestions based on how they performed in their interview.

February 12, 2018

Drs. Veronica Rowe and Tracey Zeiner to co-author chapter

Dr. Veronica Rowe has been asked to revise the chapter “Motor Function Assessment (ROM, Strength, Endurance)” in the new, 8th edition of “Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction”. She asked Dr. Tracey Zeiner to be a co-author and they are already diligently working on this exciting new endeavor!

February 9, 2018

Therapy Cap Repealed After 20 Years: Message from AOTA President

Shared from AOTA: As of this morning, the therapy cap is officially repealed! Your clients will get therapy based on medical necessity, not an arbitrary $$$ amount. A huge win for Medicare beneficiaries! Thank you for your 20 years of advocacy!

February 9, 2018

Dr. Veronica Rowe – Manuscript Accepted for Publication

Dr. Veronica Rowe’s manuscript entitled “Client Perceptions of Task Oriented Training at Home (TOTE Home): “I forgot I was sick”” accepted for publication in OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 

February 9, 2018

Dr. Tina Mankey – Published Article

Mankey, T, Filer, J, & McGee, M (2018). Trainees Learning Together Using a Solution-Focused Approach, Education SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 3 (1), pp. 30 -32. American Occupational Therapy.Association.

January 31, 2018

Sensory Garden coming to Little Rock Zoo

January 29, 2018

Best Jobs in 2018 – OT is #4

From Business Insider … OT is #4!

According to the report, the best jobs in 2018 are highly-skilled; can be found in almost every industry; have high earning potential, hiring demand, and job satisfaction; and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation.

“The key skills that are helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility,” Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, said.

January 29, 2018

OT Student CaLynn Blacklock – Research Presentation Accepted!!

OT Student CaLynn Blacklock has a research presentation accepted with Dr. Graybeal at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education, hosted by University of Alabama at Birmingham

Title: Service-Learning Program Outcomes and Impacts: Career Decision-Making and Professional Identity

Abstract: Service-learning courses provide students with opportunities to explore their field of study before entering the workforce and to engage with individuals in the community. These experiences offer insight into the details and skills of their profession in a hands-on, safe learning environment where they can receive direction and real-world exposure that classroom didactics often do not provide. This presentation will discuss student perspectives of the influence of service-learning on their career decision-making and professional identity.

January 25, 2018

Mrs. Saviers – Elected into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Brittany Saviers was elected into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to Nova Southeastern University’s top 10 percent of graduate students. Election to the honor society is for recognition of Mrs. Saviers’ hard work and dedication to academic excellence while earning her PhD in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. The formal induction will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in February.

January 20, 2018

AOTA Responds to Portrayal of Occupational Therapy in the Movie Downsizing

January 20, 2018

AOTA Student Member Circle – We achieved GOLD

Congratulations UCA OT and other 2017-2018 AOTA Student Membership Circle academic programs that have reached Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of AOTA student membership! Gold-level programs have achieved 100% student membership; silver-level programs have achieved 80% membership; and bronze-level programs have achieved 75% membership.

January 19, 2018

FREE Professional Development

Seeking AR OT’s who are employed by school districts who want to take advantage of FREE professional development!! Please share with others!

If interested, please contact Tina A. Mankey, Ed.D., OTR/L at  by February 2.

January 19, 2018

Dr. LaVona Traywick – Published Article

Green, C.; Craft-Morgan, J.; Traywick, L.; Mingo, C. (2017). Evaluation of a Laughter-based Exercise Program on Health and Self-efficacy for Exercise. The Gerontologist, 57 (6), 1051–1061,

January 18, 2018

Dr. Rowe elected as a Distinguished Fellowship of the National Academies of Practice in Occupational Therapy

Dr. Veronica Rowe has been elected as a Distinguished Fellowship of the National Academies of Practice in Occupational Therapy. The induction will be held in Atlanta at the Annual Meeting & Forum and formal induction ceremony in April of this year.

Dr. Rowe recognized as Elite Reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation!

Dr. Veronica Rowe has been selected as an Elite Reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 2017. Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of your reviews for the Archives in 2017 as judged by the editors. Selection reflects critical thinking and effective participation in the process of peer review. After examining the performance of reviewers, we identified approximately 3 percent (97 people out of 2,985 reviewers who submitted 1,730 reviews in 2017) judged to be deserving of this recognition.

Congratulations Dr. Rowe! The Department of Occupational Therapy couldn’t be more proud! These are some significant accomplishments!

December 14, 2017

Students Present: Whatchamacallits, Thingamabobs and Research Posters

The 2018 and 2020 students held a joint presentation of their “Whatchamacallits and Thingamabobs” and Research Posters this week. The 2018 students harnessed their natural innovator skills to design a “watchamacallit” (piece of adaptive equipment) that can be used in occupational therapy treatment for a client’s needs.

In addition, the 2020 students presented their research posters to the class of 2018 and faculty. Great job to our future innovators and consumers of research!

Logan Myers and Alyssa Beaver

Sam Griffith, Ethen Cavanaugh, Kyle Jones, Molly McGehee

Libby Palese and Blakely Bonham

Laiken Wilbanks, Emily Burgess, Hayley Overbay, Claire Harness

Dylan Hamby, Ciara Fleer, Chelsae McCall and Abby Boehm

December 14, 2017

UCA offers pet therapy during finals


“Nibs” from the Department of Occupational Therapy (who joined the department with her handler Dr. Tracey Zeiner in 2016) provides students some stress relief during finals week.

December 14, 2017

Congratulations and WELCOME, Dr Tracey Zeiner!

On behalf of the Department of Occupational Therapy, I would like to congratulate Dr. Tracey Zeiner (and Nibs); she has accepted the position as a full-time member of our department! She is already a wonderful asset to our department and students and I look forward to her future contributions. I am very excited to have you serve as Clinical Instructor I! Dr. Jennifer Moore

December 14, 2017

Congratulations Dr Rowe and Colleagues

After a rigorous review by the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Forum Education and Research Review Committee, the following abstract submission has been accepted for the Poster Session at the 2018 NAP Annual Meeting & Forum.

Lairamore, C. Reed, C. Rowe, V.  Preparing students to work collaboratively in an acute care environment through an interprofessional simulation experience. National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum. Atlanta, GA; April 2018.

The Annual Meeting & Forum will be held at the JW Atlanta Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13-14.  The posters will be presented during the Forum’s Welcome Reception, the evening of Friday, April 13, and will remain available for viewing through the afternoon of Saturday, April 14.


December 11, 2017

Congratulations Hayley Overbay and Kristen Steinsiek

Occupational therapy students, Hayley Overbay and Kristen Steinsiek both participated in the Specialty Practice in Brain Injury continuing education course this semester, and on Dec 9, 2017, passed the Certified Brain Injury Specialist exam! They are now officially Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialists! Big congratulations to them!

December 6, 2017

Students Advocate for OT at the Public Health Committee Meeting

OT students from the c/o 2020 advocated for OT at the Public Health Committee Meeting at the state Capital this week as part of their Professional Foundations course. Students were joined by the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association lobbyist, Melissa Moody. The group met with various legislators and discussed OT as they arrived to the meeting. UCA OT students were also recognized at the beginning of the committee meeting. In addition, the students wrote a letter describing the distinct value of occupational therapy that was placed at each member’s desk. This experience provided students the opportunity to learn about advocacy of the profession in the legislative arena! Great job UCA OT!

December 5, 2017

Tacky Holiday Sweater Party

Not only are our OT students intelligent and full of compassion for others; they are full of holiday spirit, too!! Taking a break for a Tacky Holiday Sweater Party is always a good idea! Games, sweater contest, treats, and carols! Happy Holidays from the UCA OT Department!

December 4, 2017

UCA Angel Tree

These OT students spread a little Christmas cheer this semester by collecting gifts for two children from the UCA Angel Tree. Students organized a collection for items that would meet the developmental needs and interests of each child. Very proud of this group! Thanks to all who donated items to help this family have a great holiday season!

December 4, 2017

Poster Presentation

Sarah Montgomery and Sammi Lambert

Kaleb Lacy and Francis Phan

Dr. Jennifer Moore, Emily Millard, Ashley Vaughan and Kailen Hardman

UCA Nursing and Occupational Therapy Research Poster Presentations – Dec. 1st. Great job to all students who presented their scholarly endeavors!

December 1, 2017

Service Learning Students

Danyelle Durocher and Sarah Swaim

Shout out to our talented service-learning students for their creativity and to our community partners for cultivating such rich learning opportunities!

December 4, 2017

Dr. Tina Mankey and Colleagues Presented in Portland, Oregon

Janet Filer, PhD, Tina A. Mankey, Ed.D, OTR/L, & Margaret McGee, PhD, PT presented a marketplace session at the Division for Early Childhood’s 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families in Portland, Oregon on October 4 – 6, 2017. The theme of the conference is Mountains of Opportunity: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium. The presentation, LEND: Interdisciplinary Training for Future Leaders in the Lives of Our Children, provided hands-on strategies for the participants on how the LEND program provides interprofessional education for graduate students.

December 4, 2017

Dr. LaVona Traywick, Published Article

Dr. LaVona Traywick from the OT Department has an article published in the November issue of The Gerontologist.

Green, C.; Craft-Morgan, J.; Traywick, L.; Mingo, C. (2017). Evaluation of a Laughter-based Exercise Program on Health and Self-efficacy for Exercise. The Gerontologist, 57 (6), 1051–1061,

November 29, 2017

Our very own BrOT’s:

The self-proclaimed “BrOTs” from the c/o 2020 advocating for diversity in the occupational therapy profession!

November 29, 2017

Promoting OTs Role in Mental Health:

Katelyn Harvey, Zane Carter, Alix Dyer, Macie Johnson and “Nibs”

This group of OT students had a successful day informing others of OT’s role in mental health in the UCA Student Center. The group dispersed handouts on stress relief for students, including campus resources and homemade stress balls for people to make! Of course, OT facility dog Nibs, was the star of the show! Overall, the group estimated advocating to about 45 people. Great job raising awareness of OT and of the different avenues for stress relief on the campus of UCA!

November 28, 2017

Dr. Veronica Rowe Presents:

Assessing a Task Oriented Training Program in the Home with Mixed Methods.  Rowe, Veronica.  Poster presentation.  American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, October 26, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.

Beyond Acute Care:  Promoting Self-Management and Empowering Clients to Live a Fuller Life.  Rowe, Veronica; Langan, Jeanne; Neville, Marsha; Osborne, Candice; & Levack, William.  Instructional course, for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, October 25, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.

November 28, 2017

Dr. LaVona Traywick – Invited Guest Speaker
Dr. LaVona Traywick was an invited guest speaker at the Arkansas Gerontological Society Fall Conference in Little Rock on November 17, 2017 where she presented “Still Dreaming” with Creative Aging.

November 17, 2017

PTE Collaborates with LEND

PTE collaborated with LEND on a service project and raised $400 to purchase 15 duffel bags and supplies! Last Tuesday, PTE got artsy and decorated the duffel bags and packed them with a teddy bear, blanket, coloring book, crayons, & hygiene kit. PTE & LEND will be donating the bags to kids in foster care in Faulkner County.

November 13, 2017

Drs. Jennifer Moore and Paige Reynolds – Proposal Funded

Drs. Jennifer Moore and Paige Reynolds (from UCA English) were funded $3,000 from the UCA Foundation for their proposal “Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Inclusivity Initiative”. 

November 13, 2017

Mrs. Brittany Saviers – Invited Guest Speaker
Brittany Saviers was an invited guest speaker on the occupational therapy podcast, Glass Half Full: Occupational Therapy Talk, where she led a conversation about the psychosocial implications of childhood obesity and OT’s role in this area.
Saviers, B. (2017, November 4). The Psychosocial Impact of Childhood Obesity. [Audio podcast].  Glass Half Full: Occupational Therapy Talk. Retrieved from

November 10, 2017

OT Students at the Central Baptist College Graduate Fair

Hanna Betts, Sammi Lambert, Anna Mayor, Jordan Sutton and Emma Kinsey

First year OT students represented the UCA Dept. of OT at the Central Baptist College Graduate Fair. Interested participants could test their OT knowledge with a spinning wheel game and receive general information about OT as well as the UCA OT program! Great job, students raising awareness of OT and representing UCA! If you or someone you know are interested in OT, call or email our Department – we would love to chat with you!!

Our 2020 students representing UCA OT at Central Baptist College

November 10, 2017

2020 Students Get Crafty

The Art & Science class completed their pillow-sewing projects today! This activity helps reinforce how the OT profession is rooted in the Arts & Craft Movement and how crafts can be used as therapeutic media. Nice job, everyone!

Ashley Maffit, Christina Bowen and Chelsae McCall

Abby Boehm and Emma Kinsey

November 10, 2017

Trunk-or-Treat: OT In the Community

These 1st year OTD students had a great time working on their advocacy skills and raising awareness of OT in the community while serving local children! Students participated in Conway

Megan Bodiford, Sarah Swaim, Lexie Huddleston, Ciara Fleer and Bentley Brodnax

Wesley United Methodist Church’s Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween. They decorated two trunks, provided games for children and families, had candy (of course), and provided information on how to make Halloween accessible for all children. In addition, students displayed a poster with basic information about OT and OT’s role with children. This group had great conversations about OT and looked great in their costumes! Way To Go!

October 31, 2017

Department Festivities
Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed Halloween festivities yesterday! While we are proud of the creative costumes, we are more proud of the compassion of these future practitioners who used Halloween as a time to not only have fun with one another but to make 34 holiday cards which were hand delivered to the College Square Retirement Center that evening. Happy Halloween, everyone!

October 31, 2017

Annual Halloween Dance

On Halloween it’s great to remember the annual Halloween Dance the OT Department hosts for Independent Living Services in Conway. On October 10th the first year OTD students did a great job making this a fun event for everyone!



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