2013 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture

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2013 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture

Group photo from Caroline Thompson 2013 event

Guest Lecturer:

Cheryl Mattingly, Ph.D.
Professor | Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
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Vulnerability, Trust and the Good Life: Navigating Between Home and Clinic Worlds

Event Details:

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.

HF DeLuca Forum | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Schedule of events

5:00-5:45 p.m. Networking, Appetizers and MSOT Student Research Presentations
5:45-6:00 p.m. Welcome 
6:00-6:30 p.m. Caroline Thompson Ph.D. Fellow Research Presentation
6:30-7:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Cheryl Mattingly
7:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion
8:00-8:10 p.m. Preceptor Award presentation

About the Speaker

As an anthropologist, a major area of Cheryl Mattingly's work has been the study of stories in health care. Interest in narrative has grown tremendously over the past several years in all the health professions, including among physicians. Stories can be especially relevant for occupational therapists because it is often through hearing stories that people learn what it is like for someone to live with disability. And the stories people tell also give many clues about what they care about, what matters most in their lives. This is important because when occupational therapy is most effective, it connects treatment interventions to those areas of deep concern to clients. 

A second area of Dr. Mattingly's work has been the study of how clients, families, and clinicians work together - or run into problems trying to work together - during the practice of rehabilitation. She has been particularly intrigued with how collaboration occurs across large cultural divides, that is, when clients and therapists come from very different cultural worlds but must find some kind of common ground in order to work together toward goals.
Finally, Dr. Mattingly has written extensively about clinical reasoning in occupational therapy, especially the role of narrative in the thinking of occupational therapists, the kinds of stories they tell about their clients and the influence of stories in helping therapists devise treatment approaches tailored to individual clients and their particular needs and strengths.


National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow in Clinically Relevant Anthropology | Harvard Medical School Department of Social Medicine, 1992

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

Preceptor of the year award

The Preceptor of the Year Award was presented to Karen Willems, OTR.

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