Mar 7

Sixth Annual OT Scholarship of Practice Day

Thursday, March 7, 2024

1:00 PM - 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.

OT/OTA Practitioners can receive up to 5 hrs. of continuing education credit from UIC, 2 CEUs for virtual keynote attendees.

About our keynote speaker
Professor Mary Egan is director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. During the first 10 years of her career, she worked with adults and children in institutional and community-based settings. She has worked in various regions across Canada, including Saint John, Kitchener, Calgary, and Ottawa. Her graduate work in occupational therapy at the University of Alberta and in epidemiology at McGill University provided her with the tools to continue her career as an educator and researcher. Professor Egan’s research is driven by curiosity about the legitimate goals of occupational therapy and how these are best reached. She is particularly interested in how people return to valued activities within meaningful social contexts following serious health events. This has led to work on how occupational therapy and rehabilitation are conceptualized, and how the processes of occupational therapy support—or thwart—occupational participation.

Schedule of Events

1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Welcome and Keynote:

UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue

  • Welcome: Dr. Susan Magasi, Professor and Head of OT
  • Opening Remarks: Welcome to the UIC Scholarship of Practice community & brief orientation to today’s activities. Joy Hammel, Professor & Wade Meyer Endowed Chair
  • Keynote: The Canadian Model of Occupational Participation: Embracing our unique expertise.  Dr. Mary Egan, PhD, FCAOT, OT Reg (Ont).
  • What is a Scholarship of Practice Collaborative and what do they look like here at UIC.

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Scholarship of Practice Collaborative (SOPC) Breakout Sessions:

UIC Applied Health Sciences Building
1919 W. Taylor Street

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.  SOP Communities may include:

  • Children, Youth and Families: Room 713
        • Drs. Mary Khetani, Sabrin Rizk, and Ashley Stoffel
  • Theory and Evidence-based Practice Related to Human Occupation: Room 722
        •  Drs. Gail Fisher, Jenica Lee, Caitlin Smith and Jen Summers
  • Community Engagement, Independent Living and Participation: Room 313
        •  Drs. Joy Hammel, Elizabeth Peterson, Kathy Preissner, Ryan Thomure, and Toni Van Denend
  • Health Equity and Social Justice: Room 607
        • Drs. Dalmina Arias, Heidi Fischer, Susan Magasi, and Mansha Mirza
        • Joined by collaborating community members

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Scholarship of Practice Evidence-based Posters with Reception:

UIC Applied Health Sciences Building
1919 W. Taylor St., 3rd floor

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

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


  1. Wood Street Parking Structure – 1100 S. Wood Street: is 0.1 miles away from the Applied Health Sciences Building. This lot takes cash/credit cards. Variable Rate Parking Facility
  2. Meter parkingis available on Taylor St. Meter rates are .25 for 15 minutes or $6.00 for 3 hours.
  3. Cook County Juvenile Parking lot is about 2 blocks away from the Applied Health Sciences Building. The address is 1100 S Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL 60612.  It is a $2.00 flat rate to park there for the day.



Phanethia Joe