2015 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture, UW Wisconsin Madison Stoffel

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2015 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture

Guest Lecturer:

Virgina "Ginny" Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA
Professor | Department of Occupational Science and Technology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
President | American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
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Title of Keynote Talk:

“Photovoice as a lens to lived experience: Discerning what matters in everyday occupations.”

Photovoice is a participatory action research method that captures the lived experiences of persons and communities whose perspectives may be less visible. Prof. Stoffel was trained in this methodology ten years ago, and she has conducted Photovoice research with varied populations such as: persons in mental health recovery living in communities; members of psychosocial clubhouses; mothers of children with autism; parents living with mental health and substance abuse challenges; families living in poverty in Belize; and students in transition from military to civilian life.

Dr. Stoffel explained the Photovoice method and gave participants an opportunity to review varied Photovoice pieces to discern the messages and essence of how this method taps into a deeper understanding of what matters to those served by occupational therapy.

Event Details:

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.

HF DeLuca Forum | Wisconsin Institutes 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 
6:00-6:20 p.m. Caroline Thompson Ph.D. Fellow Research Presentation
6:20-6:30 p.m. Preceptor Award presentation
6:30-7:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Virginia Stoffel
7:30-7:45 p.m. Discussion
7:45-8:00 p.m. Alumni Recognition

About the Speaker

In her capacity as president of AOTA, Prof. Stoffel chairs the Association's Board of Directors, serves as an ambassador for occupational therapy in the United States and internationally, and works to foster the development of the profession and its members. She helped to establish leadership development programs at the AOTA, and serves as a faculty for the emerging leader and middle manager leadership institutes. Stoffel serves on the board of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). Dr. Stoffel is currently an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Among many publications, she co-authored the mental health text, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Her research and scholarly interests focus on the needs of veterans as they transition to civilian life, the lived experience of mental health and substance use recovery using Photovoice, servant leadership and leadership development.


Stoffel earned a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2007, an MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1983, and a BA in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine's in 1977.

Happy to recognize our fine Preceptor(s) of the Year

The Preceptor of the Year Award was presented, this year, to a group: the talented and distinguished professional mentors from the Hand and Upper Extremity service line at UW Hospital and Clinics.

Preceptors of the Year, 2015


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