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The Department of Occupational Therapy will host the 2023 Pitt OT Spring Colloquium as a virtual event on April 25, 2023 to discuss current issues and the newest OT research, education and theory to create the best occupational therapy practice for the future. The Colloquium will open with a welcome address from Associate Professor and Chair Juleen Rodakowski and recognition of the Pitt OT award recipients. Dr. Victoria Garcia Wilburn will then deliver the Joan C. Rogers Distinguished Lecture, "From Clinic to Congress: Applying the Practice of Occupational Therapy in the Political Arena.” The event will conclude with capstone presentations from our entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and post-professional Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy students.

This event is open to Pitt OT students, alumni, fieldwork supervisors, educators, practitioners, community partners and friends of Pitt OT.

Occupational therapy practitioners can earn a maximum of 3.5 continuing education/professional development contact hours for attending the virtual event.



3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Welcome Address and Awards Recognition Ceremony
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Joan C. Rogers Distinguished Lecture
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. OTD Capstone Poster Session
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. CScD in OT Capstone Presentations






Welcome Address from the Chair and Awards Recognition Ceremony

Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

The following awardees will be recognized at the 2023 Pitt OT Spring Colloquium:

Award of Appreciation
Denise Smith-Russell
For supporting the University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy in research, education, and service

Excellence in Clinical/Community Education Award
Jacqueline Voegler
For demonstrating dedication to high-quality education of occupational therapy students in Level I Fieldwork

Excellence in Clinical/Community Education Award
Britny Nemeth-Ross
For demonstrating excellence in occupational therapy practice, management, advocacy and education in Level II fieldwork

Alumni Award of Excellence
Kristy Yoskey
For demonstrating the distinct value of occupational therapy in service and leadership


Joan C. Rogers Distinguished Lecture

Victoria Garcia-Wilburn, DHSc, OTR, FAOTA
Dr. Garcia Wilburn is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is an advocate for promoting state and federal policies that advance health equity and advance mental and behavioral health initiatives. As a community-engaged researcher, Dr. Garcia Wilburn partners with community organizations to help solve pressing issues that impact central Indiana residents, focusing on justice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Association and Hope Academy Recovery High School, Indiana’s only high school for teens in recovery from substance use disorder. Dr. Garcia Wilburn was recognized as Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association in 2018, awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2020 and inducted into the Indiana Latino Leadership Circle that same year. In 2021, she was awarded Boston University's Alumni Association Special Recognition Award for “outstanding contributions to humanity beyond professional responsibility,” named Outstanding Woman Leader from the IUPUI Office of Women and selected as part of Hoosier Women Forward, a democratic grooming program for women. She is committed to educational equity, improving public health and running a positive campaign for Indiana House District 32, her newest leadership endeavor. Dr. Garcia Wilburn earned her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Boston University (2005) and her Master of Health Science (2012) and Doctor of Health Science (2014) degrees from the University of Indianapolis. She also holds a certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University.

From Clinic to Congress: Applying the Practice of Occupational Therapy in the Political Arena
Description coming soon!


OTD Capstone Poster Session

This virtual poster session is the culmination of our Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) students' doctoral capstone experience, relating theory to practice and demonstrating synthesis of advanced knowledge. 

We invite you to explore the range of topic areas presented by our OTD students. We hope that you enjoy and engage in active discussion as you view the posters presented below.

To participate in a poster session, click on a poster title below to access additional information including a unique Zoom link for each poster. The student presenters will introduce their work every 15 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. Each introduction will be followed by questions and discussion. Participants will not have the capability to share video/audio, but may ask questions by typing in the chat window.


CScD in OT Capstone Presentations

As a requirement for the post-professional Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy curriculum, students are mentored to identify and implement a quality improvement project in a clinical or educational setting. These projects demonstrate innovative ideas, methods for planning and implementing evidence-based programs and outcomes of value to clients, employers and reimbursement sources.

CScD students will present their work as scheduled below starting at 5:30 p.m. Each presentation will be followed by questions and discussion. Participants will not have the capability to share video/audio but may ask questions by typing in the chat window.


​For questions regarding this event, please contact the Department of Occupational Therapy at