MAOT Annual Conference 2021 - Emerging into the New Normal

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October 25th through October 29th 

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Keynote speakers by:

Victoria Garcia Wilburn, DHSc., OTR, CLT

Victoria Garcia Wilburn, DHSc., OTR, CLT is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Garcia-Wilburn is a licensed occupational therapist and a community engaged scholar focusing her research with vulnerable and historically marginalized populations. Her most current projects focus on implementing occupation-based programming for adolescents in substance use disorder recovery. Dr. Garcia Wilburn serves on several boards to improve adolescent mental and behavioral health.  Garcia-Wilburn’s research has been supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Indiana Department of Health, Overdose Lifeline, Inc, and Mental Health America of Indiana amongst others.

Garcia-Wilburn graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (2005), earned her Master (2012) and Doctorate of Health Science in (2014) at University of Indianapolis. She also holds a certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of South Florida.  Garcia-Wilburn is immediate past president of the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and is current Chair of the Affiliated State Association of Presidents for the American Occupational Therapy Association. She made history this year (2021) being one the youngest professional to be awarded Fellow, of the American Occupational Therapy Association and to be elected as American Occupation Therapy Board Director. She was awarded Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (2018), named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connection Cohort (2019), inducted into the Indiana Latino Leadership Circle (2020) and awarded Newcomer Faculty Woman of the Year from the Office of Women at Indiana University (2021). Being a FirstGen student herself, she is committed to educational equity.

Creating synergy between public health and Occupational Therapy

Emily Rothman, Boston University Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy 

Emily F. Rothman, ScD is Professor and Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University. She is also Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Rothman has conducted research on adolescent and young adult health for more than two decades, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Justice, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Defense, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other entities. Her primary focus has been on the development and testing of interventions to prevent dating and sexual violence, with a recent emphasis on how to promote healthy relationship skills for autistic and other neurodiverse individuals.  Her program of research has focused on marginalized populations and addressing health inequity. Dr. Rothman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publication, is the author of the forthcoming book Pornography and Public Health (Oxford University Press), and is frequently consulted by media. She has appeared on the Today Show on NBC, and her research has been featured on NPR and by the New York Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Teen Vogue and other media outlets.


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