Issue Overview 2016 OT Matters

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We are pleased to bring you the Summer 2016 online edition of "OT Matters," an annual news publication for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Occupational Therapy Program. To view a pdf of the Summer 2016 "OT Matters" print edition, click here

2016 ot matters online EDITION CONTENT

Letter from the Director: Ruth Benedict explains how OT matters to the lives of people of diverse ages, abilities, ethnicities, and cultures who depend on our profession to overcome health or educational challenges.

Cover of Summer 2016 edition of OT MattersCover story: Assistant Professor Brittany Travers is on the leading edge of research involving motor and brain development in children with autism.

OT News and notes: Check out some program highlights from the past year.

Faculty publications: Take a look at the important contributions the OT faculty are making to the field.

New program: Prepare for a leadership role with the online Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

Featured alum: After a successful career at Saint Louis University, Karen Barney is helping prisoners reintegrate into society.

2016 Thompson Memorial Lecture: Western Ontario's Debbie Laliberte Rudman delivers keynote, while occupational therapists with the Madison Metropolitan School District receive Preceptor of the Year honors.

Student news:  Learn about some of the work being conducted by UW-Madison's Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) during the 2015-16 academic year.

Alumni updates: Make sure and keep tabs on the range of exciting news shared by some of your fellow alums.


The Occupational Therapy Program wants to hear from our alumni and friends. We also want to make sure you are hearing from us. If you have not received electronic updates, it may mean we don’t have your current e-mail address. Please email the Wisconsin Alumnni Association with your full name and current e-mail address, or fill out this online form. In addition, the WAA offers free e-mail accounts to all alumni.


Private gifts from our alumni and friends are vital to the Occupational Therapy Program's ability to excel in the discovery, critical examination and transmission of the knowledge and values of occupational therapy for the purpose of promoting health and well-being in the local, state and global communities. Donate today online or contact: Betsy Burns, the School of Education’ Director of Development, at 608-712-9376 or email:

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