Mar 10

Third Annual OT Scholarship of Practice Day

Friday, March 10, 2017

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

We invite you to join us for the UIC OT Scholarship of Practice Day where we immerse together in the latest OT theory, education and research so together we can create tomorrow’s practice!

This event is open to all UIC OT, OTD & PhD students and alumni, OT fieldwork supervisors, OT educators, Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Collaborating Community Partners.

OTR Attendees can receive up to 6 hrs. of continuing education credit from UIC.

About our keynote speaker

Dr. Margo B. Holm is Professor Emerita of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship and the Award of Merit. Dr. Holm’s research agenda has focused on assessing the functional status and outcomes of clients receiving medical, surgical, psychiatric and rehabilitation interventions.

Dr. Holm has been collaborating with the UIC OT Program on an initiative to evaluate the potential and capacity of people with serious mental illness to move out of nursing homes and institutions to the community with supports. This project will be featured as an example of Scholarship of Practice real world OT application to address the community living and participation rights of people with disabilities.

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Welcome, Keynote & Opening Panel, Lunch & Round table: 

  • Welcome: Dr. Yolanda Suarez Balcazar, Head of OT & (5 minutes)
  • Opening Remarks: Welcome to the UIC Scholarship of Practice community & brief orientation to today’s activities. Joy Hammel, Professor & Wade Meyer Endowed Chair (5 minutes)
  • Keynote: PASSport to Improving Function: Using the PASS performance-based assessment to evaluate performance and participation capability and to plan occupation-based interventions.  Dr. Margo B. Holm, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA ,ABDA (60 minutes)
  • Putting the Keynote into OT Practice:  A panel including Katherine Burson from the Illinois Division of Mental Health, and occupational therapists and consumers who have participated in PASS assessments about the impact of these evaluations on decision making to move people from nursing homes and institutions to the community, and to provide OT services that follow people with serious mental illness into community living (45 minutes)
  • Community & Friends of OT Awards & Acknowledgments: (5 minutes)

UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Developing Scholarship of Practice Communities to continue to participate in OT practice, education & research initiatives (1:15-2:15):  Participants join a community of practice of interest to find out about the latest education & research activities in this domain, to network with other OTs interested in learning more about this topic, and to share resources.  Coffee/tea and cookies will be served.  SOP Communities may include:

  • Early intervention and school-based OT
  • Adolescent and young adults transition planning
  • Using technology to deliver services:  mHealth/mRehab & Telerehab
  • Occupation-focused practice: Barriers and supports
  • Community-based mental health OT
  • OT education and FW supervisors
  • Self-management interventions to manage chronic disease, health promotion & participation
  • Occupation-based assessment and practice in adult physical rehabilitation settings
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate programming to address health disparities
  • Therapeutic use of self and the intentional relationship model

UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue


2:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Scholarship of Practice Panel Presentations by UIC Occupational Therapy faculty, OTD & PhD students & Community Collaborators:

  • 2:30-3:30  4 concurrent panels of presentations followed by Q&A
    • Panel 1: Strengthening  family engagement in early intervention process of care
    • Panel 2: Evaluating the impact of participation-focused interventions on community living and participation with adults with long term disabilities.
    • Panel 3: OT in Primary Care: Creating pathways and building evidence
    • Panel 4: Post-professional OTD and PhD Doctoral Projects and Dissertation Presentations
  • 3:45-4:45  4 concurrent panels of presentations followed by Q&A
    • Panel 5: Adolescent Transition: Current Trends and Occupational Therapy Best Practices
    • Panel 6: Strategies for Implementing Evidence into Practice: Lessons Learned from Knowledge Translation projects to do occupation-based assessment and intervention at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    • Panel 7: Health disparities among Latinos, obesity prevention, and culturally responsive care.
    • Panel 8: Design and Evaluation of the mHealth telehealth intervention for occupational therapy  and community living – a participatory approach

UIC Applied Health Sciences Building
1919 W. Taylor St., Third floor


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Scholarship of Practice Evidence-based Posters with Wine & Cheese Reception:

  • OT Evidence-based Practice Posters created by MS OT students based on questions posed by OT practitioners (West hall)
  • UIC OT program, OTD & PhD information tables & sample projects/dissertations (313-14)
  • Model of Human Occupation Clearinghouse Resources (315)
  • Wine & Cheese reception (West Hall)

UIC Applied Health Sciences Building
1919 W. Taylor St., Third floor


For more information about this event, accommodation requests, directions, or other inquiries, please email Marjarie Jones at


  1. Lot C4 – 1119 South Wolcott Avenue: Located on the east side of the Applied Health Sciences Building. The parking lot rate for the day will be $13. Please note this lot takes cash only.
  2. Wood Street Parking Structure – 1100 S. Wood Street: is about a block away from the Applied Health Sciences Building. This lot takes cash/credit cards and will also be $13 for the visit.
  3. Meter parking is available on Taylor St. Meter rates are .25 for 15 minutes or $6.00 for 3 hours.
  4. Free parking is usually available just south of Damen and Roosevelt on the side of the Children’s Advocacy Center on Washburne Ave. Parking is limited.


Marjani Jones