UW-Madison OT Program - 2011 OT Matters - Caroline Thompson Lecture and Preceptor Award

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2012 Caroline Thompson Lecture

More than 115 students, alumni, professors and occupational therapists attended the Caroline Thompson event on October 11, 2012 at the Pyle Center 

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The keynote speaker, Dr. Joy Hammel presented two participatory action research studies that promote participation opportunities and decrease levels of disparities:

  1. Research to create and validate new consumer-directed, computer-adapted testing (CAT) measures of participation and environment barriers and supports to it within the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes;  and

  2. Research to design and test a participation-focused intervention program, the Home, Community & Work Participation intervention,  within a randomized clinical trial in Chicago and St. Louis with 140 people with mild and moderate strokes within the RRTC on Enhancing the Functional and Employment Outcomes of Individuals Who Experience a Stroke.  

Dr. Hammel’s research topics and energetic personality were well received by all attendees.

Five MSOT students, and two PhD students who have received scholarships through Caroline Thompson funding also presented their current research at the event. Preceptor of the Year awardee Tamra Trenary was unable to attend the event, but was virtually presented with the award.


Joy Hammel headshotInsider Perspectives on Home, Community & Work Participation Disparities Experienced by People with Disabilities: Are we responding to priorities of the disability community and what would OT look like if we did?

Joy Hammel, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Departments of Occupational Therapy and Disability & Human Development
PhD programs in Disability Studies and in Rehabilitation Sciences

Description: Full participation in society is not only a desired outcome of rehabilitation, but equally important, a civil right for people with disabilities as mandated within the Americans with Disabilities Act.   National surveys continue to show that people with disabilities experience significant disparities, compared to people without disabilities, in key areas of life participation in community living and integration, community participation, social relationships and capital, life role satisfaction, education and work.   At the same time, research shows that many people with disabilities, such as stroke,  live lives with long term disabilities and accumulated chronic conditions and aging issues that further impact participation, and emotional and physical health and quality of life.  Yet, the focus of rehabilitation continues to be on remediating impairments (motor, sensory, cognitive) and/or basic self care performance (abilty to perform by oneself in a societally appropriate way), rather than also on “living life well with disability”; that is, being able to confidently manage environmental barriers and life issues and still be able to participate in activities of choice and society WITH long term disabilities, not in spite of or if completely overcome.

About Joy Hammel: Joy Hammel’s scholarship has focused on community-based participatory research related to community living and participation choice, control and societal opportunity with people with disabilities and disability & aging communities. This includes: 1) research to identify key environmental barriers and supports to least restrictive community living and full societal participation, 2) research to create and validate assessment tools and item banks to evaluate participation disparities and opportunities at individual and environmental levels, and 3) participatory environmental intervention research to effect systems change and social justice, action plan environmental and policy issues, and build community capacity related to community living and participation.  Joy has practiced as an OTR for over 25 years, and holds degrees in occupational therapy (BS from UW-Madison), education (MS from San Francisco State University), and educational psychology (PhD from University of California at Berkeley).  At the same time, she identifies as a person with a disability herself, and is deeply committed to social justice issues and systems change actions to address participation disparities with the disability community.  


Preceptor of the Year: Tamra Trenary

Tamra Trenary headshotThe Occupational Therapy Program is pleased to recognize Tamra Trenary as its 2012 Preceptor of the Year.

About Tamra (in her words):
"I graduated in 1996 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. with my Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy. I began my career as a traveling therapist with American Mobile Therapy. In 1998, I joined the Mayo Clinic – Rochester staff, and rotated through the areas of acute care, dysphagia, mental health, pain rehabilitation center, industrial rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. I transitioned to the Clinic Education Coordinator role in acute care in 2006. Mayo Clinic-Rochester dedicates resources to clinical education, and supports the role of a mentor with a group model for clinical education. As the Clinical Education Coordinator for students in occupational therapy, I mentor a group of students (3:1 ratio) during their Level II fieldwork. I believe it is my responsibility to observe the learning style of each student and to be able to mentor each student accordingly. I feel that I am able to adjust my teaching strategy and skills to meet the needs to each student while maintaining a positive dynamic with the group model.

"I became Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2007. In 2008, I graduated with my post-professional occupational therapy doctorate from University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida.

"I have had the opportunity to present at the state and national level multiple times on clinical education, and in particular, the group model to clinical education.  I served as a member of the AOTA Steering Committee for the Fieldwork Educator Credentialing Program, and am presently a regional trainer for the AOTA Fieldwork Educator Workshop. Currently, I am serving on the AOTA Future of Education, Fieldwork Committee. I was an author of the article , “The Collaborative Model of Clinical Education in Physical and Occupational Therapy at the Mayo Clinic,” which was published in the Journal of Allied Health.

"My passion lies in clinical education. I enjoy every aspect of clinical education as it allows me to remain in clinical practice and provides the opportunity to mentor/teach. I expect each student to take responsibility for his/her own learning, and I will do whatever I can to facilitate it."

About Tamra (in her student's words):
"Tamra made my first Level II Fieldwork experience in Saint Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic exceptional. She facilitates a team learning environment through the collaborative model that allows students to expand their clinical reasoning skills while learning together. Tamra is a natural educator with an innate sensitivity to individual learning styles, which gives her the ability to create a flexible work and learning environment for students. Tamra is a passionate occupational therapist and a genuine mentor; she has been and will continue to be a leader in our profession." -Elizabeth Reindl, Occupational Therapy student
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