the professional programs in Indiana have already transitioned to this level of education, and we don’t want to be the last to do it. We already meet six of the additional fifteen standards that must be met and students have been asking for it. Since we started our post-professional OTD this Fall, we have the degree approved, so we will eventually have two routes of entry for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree (entry-level and post professional). With IU offering this doctoral degree, I believe we may be the only university in the country that has offered all levels of education for occupational therapy: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and now the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. This is something to be quite proud of. Faculty scholarship continues. Four of us presented at the AOTA Conference in Nashville, some with our students or recent graduates. Crystal Massie, PhD, OTR, our faculty member who joined us last year from the University of Maryland, where she was doing post-doctoral training, has a grant from the American Heart Association. This grant seeks to develop innovative neurorehabilitation methods for upper-extremity limitations that often occur following a stroke. The aim of the study is to determine how combining repetitive movement practice with non-invasive brain stimulation impacts neuroplasticity compared to practice or stimulation alone in survivors of stroke. Dr. Massie has survivors of stroke coming into the lab to determine how the brain responds to these potential interventions. In addition, Dr. CJ Liu was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and Sharon Pape was promoted to Senior Lecturer with a long term contract. This is significant in that it gives the Department credibility and stability with five tenured and one long term contract faculty. A department becomes less vulnerable in a university system the more tenured and long term faculty it has. In terms of staff support in the Department, we welcomed Mary O’Neill as the OTD Program Assistant in April, Paige Hummel, MBA, this past summer as the new Assistant to the Chair/Office Manager and Salena Hale, as Program Assistant. They have been wonderful additions. Their bios are in this Newsletter. We also welcome Martina Allen, OTD, OTR. Martina is our newest faculty member, joining us in July. She was faculty at A.T. Still University in Phoenix, AZ. She is responsible for the pediatric content, as well as the adolescent and young adult
content. What is really noteworthy, is that she is an IU OT Alumna! GO HOOSIERS!
On a different note, I want to share, effective August 1, 2016, I will move to a faculty line. I will be stepping down as the Department Chair of OT this summer. I provided ample notice to advertise for the position and believe we will recruit a new Chair of the Department this academic year. This individual can continue the IU OT tradition. After almost twelve years of leading the Department and accomplishing much, like our renovated space in Coleman Hall, advancing our rankings in US News and World Report to achieve 21 st out of 160+ programs, mentoring five faculty to achieve tenure and one faculty with a long term contract, establishing the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree with Dr. Crabtree and participating on the committee developing the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, it is now time for someone else to take the lead and continue our tradition and positive trajectory.
I hope you have a great rest of the fall and Holiday Season. Thank you for your support and belief in IU OT!
NEW FACULTY MEMBER
Dr. Martina Allen joined the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in July 2015 as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She graduated from Indiana
University Occupational Therapy program in 1992 and received her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2008. Dr. Allen’s interests and specialty areas include pediatrics, evidence-based practice, occupational therapy education, as well as testing and assessment. She currently serves as a member of the Certification Examination Committee for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Allen returned from Arizona where she taught in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University, and she is looking forward to reconnecting with former classmates and colleagues.
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