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May 21, 2024

Following graduation from the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, Rebekah Funk (OTD ’23) accepted an occupational therapy position at Life’s Work of Western PA, an organization dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities to engage in meaningful employment. In collaboration with the Life’s Work team, Funk designed and implemented an innovative approach to assessment and training of job skills for individuals with disabilities.  

May 21, 2024

The inaugural SHRS Dean’s Annual Staff Excellence Awards were announced by Dean Anthony Delitto at the State of the School on April 4. The awards are an important gesture honoring SHRS staff who go above and beyond their daily responsibilities and whose actions support the mission and values of the SHRS and Pitt community. The four deserving winners were: the Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award to Anastasia White, the Debora L. Miller Award for Leadership and Operations Award to Jessica Thomas, the Research and Scholarly Activity Mission Administration Award to Laura Waterstram, and the Student Impact Award to Joyce Broadwick. 

May 21, 2024

When Bethany Beckwith was working in an outpatient clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic, she became frustrated and burnt out with health care delivery. She found herself wanting to embark on more academic endeavors, searching to extend her prior degree in occupational therapy. It was during her searches that she came across the Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy program at Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, something that ignited her passions once again. 

May 16, 2024


Mutrik Alajmi (MSOT ’22), who lives in Colorado, shares his experience as a student who graduated from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, a two-term, 30-credit post-professional program designed for occupational therapists educated in the United States or internationally, who want to advance their knowledge and skills in a career they already love.  

May 16, 2024

Alumna Tahani Almutairi (MSOT ’23), is an occupational therapist and lecturer at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In this MSOT alumni series, Tahani shares what inspired her to study at Pitt and the support of her mentors.

May 16, 2024

Our series on the Master of Science in Occupation Therapy alumni talks with Zahraa Khanafer who grew up in Kuwait and worked there as an OT before coming to Pitt. Learn about her decision to study abroad at Pitt OT, her experience in our post-professional program and the faculty support she received! 

May 7, 2024

Read more to learn about student Darby Robinson, who utilized the post-baccalaureate entry point in the Dietitian Nutritionist Program. 

May 7, 2024

“I am thrilled to embark on this new journey at UPMC. I am significantly appreciative and deeply proud of my DPAS degree and all that it has led me to,” says Acosta. Read more about her role and DPAS journey.

May 7, 2024

Embedded within the Pitt Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a strong emphasis on community engagement by our students, both in Pittsburgh and across the country. All DPT students actively engage with their communities by supporting continued efforts of longstanding community partners or by responsibly initiating new partnerships in their local areas.

May 7, 2024

Department of Physical Therapy faculty have been leading groundbreaking physical therapy and interdisciplinary research at Pitt and beyond. Here is a roundup of recent Pitt Physical Therapy research news.

May 7, 2024

Department of Physical Therapy Professors Susan L. Whitney and Charity G. Patterson received a subcontract award of $1.1 million from Blue Halo. Over the next three years, they will study the feasibility and effectiveness of a prototype app to enhance recovery after mild brain injury or a vestibular disorder. The grant is supported by the Military Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC).    

April 26, 2024

In February, many of the Pitt Department of Physical Therapy faculty and students attended the 2024 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Boston, MA. Pitt PT’s impact at CSM was highlighted with presentations by full-time and adjunct faculty in eleven two- hour sessions, five poster presentations and six platform sessions. CSM was a powerful demonstration of what makes students, faculty, and alumni so proud to be part of Pitt PT!

April 24, 2024

Giavanna Gulino is a senior studying Nutrition Science at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). Gulino engaged in research during her time in the Nutrition Science program, gathering insightful information related to the relationship between nutrition and overall well-being.

April 23, 2024

Are you in the 11th or 12th grade and interested in learning about using artificial intelligence (AI) in health care? The Pitt Health Informatics faculty will be joined by the School of Medicine’s Computational Pathology and AI Center of Excellence (CPACE) and the IEEE Computer Society to host an all-expenses-paid, weeklong summer school in Oakland from June 24 to 28, 2024.  

April 22, 2024

Michelle Varnell, assistant professor in the Athletic Training program, is SHRS’ inaugural Director of Sustainability. This newly established role intends to implement strategic plans for sustainability throughout all areas of the school. 

April 19, 2024

The University of Pittsburgh is proud to host the inaugural OTC Hearing Aid and Hearing Self-Care Symposium on June 7, 2024. The event will bring together thought leaders from pharmacy, audiology and public health to discuss how the newest class of hearing aids (over-the-counter) can increase patient access to hearing health care in the United States. 

April 18, 2024

My name is Britney Beatrice, and I am a registered dietitian and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. I teach in the Dietitian Nutritionist and Nutrition Science programs in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. 

April 10, 2024

The University of Pittsburgh Healthy Home Lab (HHL) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop technology-enabled solutions to reduce falls and improve the safety of older adults living in public and rental housing. 

April 9, 2024

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilition Sciences (SHRS) is ranked one of the first in the nation according to the latest surveys of the 2024 Best Health Schools published by U.S. News & World Report.  

SHRS graduate programs that rank among the top ten “health schools” include: 

April 4, 2024

The University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees approved the building under construction at Fifth Avenue and Halket Street to be the new headquarters for SHRS. This building will unite nine of our 13 disciplines in one Oakland location, meeting SHRS’ immediate and future needs with modernized teaching facilities and state-of-the-art equipment.

March 28, 2024

It’s not unusual for students and mentors to develop a solid rapport. A mutual understanding and respect. Perhaps even a friendship. But occasionally, the connection goes much further.

March 28, 2024

Pitt’s Counseling program has crossed a milestone! The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling recently received its Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accreditation, demonstrating the program’s ability to fulfill standards set by the counseling profession to provide knowledge and skillsets to current and prospective students. 

March 27, 2024

Anna Michalski is in her second term of Pitt’s one-year Master of Science in Sports Science program. The hands-on program is designed for students to gain didactic and real-world experience in sports data collection and technology to improve athletic performance and minimize injury.​

March 20, 2024

Evans was selected for being “an inspiring example of excellence in the collaborative and holistic process of advising by preparing students for lives of impact through educational experiences tailored to their specific goals and needs.” Evans was also recognized for her institutional knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

March 19, 2024

In the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics (BSHI) program at Pitt, students have the opportunity to participate in one three-credit internship to gain further knowledge of the profession through an immersive experience with an established site where they can apply what they’ve learned in their courses to hands-on work. Last summer, Carly Ukalovic (BSHI ‘24), completed her internship with BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh, which greatly influenced her goals in pursuing a career in data analytics.