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Occupational Therapy Students and Chair Honored by Virginia Occu

Members of our Department of Occupational Therapy were honored during the Virginia Occupational Therapy Associations Annual Awards Ceremony in October. Two VCU occupational therapy students were recognized.

Molly Gupta received the VOTA Centennial Award


Cara Harman received the VOTA OT Student Award.

Carole Ivey, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, received the VOTA Award of Merit- Educator Award. Dr. Ivey was nominated by her students, who said “she has always been an incredible professor, but the past year has shown what a truly incredible person she is.  She has used her Occupational Therapy skills to create normalcy for students in the midst of a pandemic, taken on every role asked or needed of her, and gone above and beyond to support students and faculty through endless changes. She is so deserving of this award for the impact she has made on the next generation of Occupational Therapists, as well as the hard work and dedication she gives to all her many roles and responsibilities.”  


Announcing "The Sisterhood of OT" Scholarship

Seven alumnae from the class of 1975 are offering a scholarship of $1,000 to a current VCU OT Student (find application here). Read their story – the Spirit of Sisterhood – about the friendships and treasured college family that is going strong 49 years later. They fervently hope that the student who is selected finds the professional pride, success, passion, and satisfaction they all have, as well as lasting friendships.

Student Design Challenge: Responding to Client Needs

Throughout the curriculum, VCU OTD students learn about activities of daily living, challenges that our clients may face, and the design process. We have two specific courses designated to design and adaptations: OCCT 692 Assistive Technologies for Occupational Engagement and OCCT 693 Occupational Synthesis and Adaptations.  This fall, students worked with clients to design or redesign every day objects to meet their needs. See the design projects that students completed. 

See more here.