Issue Overview 2015 OT Matters

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We are pleased to bring you the 2015 electronic edition of OT Matters, an annual news publication for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Occupational Therapy Program. 


Letter from the Director: Ruth Benedict takes a look back at a successful 2014-15 academic year.

2015 OT Matters CoverCover story: Assistant Professor Kristen Pickett is examining new ways -- including a unique glass art project -- to help those with Parkinson's disease.

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

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

Student news: ‚ÄčLearn about UW-Madison's Student Occupational Therapy Association and review what SOTA took part in during the 2014-15 academic year.

2015 Thompson Memorial Lecture: Ginny Stoffel, the president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), is delivering ‚Äčthe keynote talk.

Featured alum: Betty Hasselkus, who both graduated from UW-Madison and is a professor emeritus at the university, has remained active in occupational therapy for five decades.

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 visit the Wisconsin Alumni Association website, click on the directory link, and update your information. You don't have to be a member to sign up. 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: Eric Greiling, the School of Education’ Director of Development, at  608-308-5361 or email:

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