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The Department of Occupational Therapy will host the 2022 Pitt OT Fall Colloquium virtually on December 13, 2022 to discuss occupational therapy best practices and implementation of evidence into real-world settings. Associate Professor and Chair Juleen Rodakowski will open the event with a welcome address. Professor and Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy Program Director Pamela Toto will then deliver the inaugural Caroline Robinson Brayley Distinguished Lecture, “Implementing New Evidence into Your Practice: Lessons from the CAPABLE Project.” The event will conclude with capstone presentations from our post-professional Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Occupational Therapy students to showcase their innovative practice initiatives.

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

OT practitioners can earn a maximum of three continuing education/professional development contact hours for attending the virtual event. 

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3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Welcome Address from the Chair
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Caroline Robinson Brayley Distinguished Lecture
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. CScD in OT Capstone Presentations




Welcome Address from the Chair

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

Caroline Robinson Brayley Distinguished Lecture

Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA
Dr. Toto is Professor and Director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is Board Certified in Gerontology and a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontonogical Society of America. Dr. Toto’s clinical and research interests focus on the implementation of client-centered interventions in real-world settings to promote independence, participation and healthy aging in older adults. She is currently a co-primary investigator implementing the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) Intervention with family caregivers under the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support funded through the Administration on Community Living. Dr. Toto is also a co-investigator for Modified Application of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Older Adults (MACRO), a multi-site pragmatic randomized controlled trial tailoring cardiac rehabilitation to better meet the needs of older adults funded by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Toto received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Healthcare Supervision and Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and attributes her early success to the mentorship of Dr. Carolyn Robinson Brayley for whom this lectureship is named. 

Implementing New Evidence into Your Practice: Lessons from the CAPABLE Project
Implementing evidence into real-world practice seems like it should be easy, but challenges such as time, support and readiness pose barriers. While occupational therapy practitioners may be inclined to attribute failed efforts to their own skill, science affirms that “change” is hard regardless of the profession, client, setting or strength of evidence. Learn more about common barriers to change and solutions through a pilot project implementing CAPABLE, an evidence-based program to promote aging in place, through a regional Area Agency on Aging.

Capstone Presentations

As a requirement for the post-professional Doctor of Clinical Science 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 4:00 pm. Each presentation will be followed by questions and discussion. Participants will not have permission to share video/audio but may ask questions by typing in the chat window.

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