Annual Fall Conference

University of Central Arkansas
Department of Occupational Therapy

2018 Fall Conference

Friday, October 5, 2018

(held on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas)

Life’s Greatest Act:

Marian Ross Lectureship by Sue Baptiste
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Graham D. Rowles
plus 5 hours of continuing education
and an After-Party with the “Residual Limbs”
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Marian Ross Lectureship by Sue Baptiste  

Sue Baptiste taught in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster for many years becoming a tenured Professor in 1998. She completed her basic preparation as an occupational therapist in the UK. She focused much of her academic work on faculty development, organizational cultural change, ongoing professional competence plus curriculum design and development.

Baptiste served as President for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists from 2010 through 2012 and Vice President for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists from 2012 through 2018.

Baptiste is known particularly for her work as one of a team of six occupational therapists who developed the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), an outcome measure used in over 40 countries and translated into 34 languages currently. She has also consulted around the world on curriculum development and problem-based learning, working with many professions including medicine, dentistry, naturopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, nursing, veterinary medicine, border services, police forces and many others.

Baptiste’s current research addresses three key areas: 1) acculturation of migrant populations, 2) inter-cultural communication in inter-professional environments, and 3) exploration of emerging practice directions and roles for occupational therapy.

She retired (officially) at the end of December 2017 as an emerita professor; she continues to work with internationally educated occupational therapists, as well as her consultations focusing on professional competencies, organizational development and innovative curricular models, speaking engagements, and academic writing.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Graham Rowles                                          

Graham D. Rowles is a Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology with joint appointments in Nursing, Behavioral Science, Geography and Health Behavior. His research, in the field of environmental gerontology, focuses on the lived experience of aging in different contexts. A central theme of this work is exploration, employing qualitative methodologies, of the changing relationship between elders and their environments with advancing age and the implications of these relationships for health and wellbeing. He has conducted in-depth ethnographic research with elderly populations in urban (inner city), rural (Appalachian), and nursing facility environments. Current research includes leadership of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI), a statewide project to explore the implications for communities of the aging of the Baby Boom cohort. His publications include Prisoners of Space? and five co-edited volumes, Aging and Milieu, Qualitative Gerontology, Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Home and Identity in Late Life in addition to more than 60 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens and Vendor Area Open
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote Speaker Dr. Graham Rowles
10:20 – 11:20 a.m. 4 Concurrent Sessions
11:20 – 11:45 a.m. – Vendor Break
11:45 – 12:35 p.m. – LUNCH – Provided;  “Student Conversations that Matter
12:35 – 1:45 p.m. – Featuring Marian Ross Lectureship by Sue Baptiste
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.4 Concurrent Sessions 
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Vendor, Snack Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.4 Concurrent Sessions 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – UCA OT Alumni After Party and  Fieldwork Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony



Past Conferences

Friday, October 6, 2017

Marian Ross Lectureship by Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mark Taylor
plus 6 hours of continuing education

Friday, October 7, 2016

Marian Ross Lectureship by Dr. Robin Bowen
Keynote Speaker, Mrs. Charlotte Strickland
plus 5 hours of continuing education