2013 Thompson Memorial Lecture

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2013 Thompson Memorial Lecture

Southern Cal’s Mattingly to deliver keynote talk 

UW–Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program is hosting its annual lecture honoring the memory of Caroline Goss Thompson on Thursday, Oct. 24. 

Preceptor of Year graphicThis year’s keynote address will be delivered by Cheryl Mattingly, whose presentation is titled, “Vulnerability, Trust and the Good Life: Navigating Between Home and Clinic Worlds.” 

Mattingly is an anthropologist who is a professor with the University of Southern California’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. 

A major focus her work has been the study of stories in health care. 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 that people tell also give many clues about what matters most in their lives. 

A second area of Mattingly’s work has focused on the study of how clients, families and clinicians work together during rehabilitation — or encounter problems attempting to do so. She has been particularly intrigued with how clients and therapists from very different backgrounds work to find common ground when collaboration is occurring across large cultural divides. 

Finally, Mattingly has written extensively about clinical reasoning in occupational therapy. In particular, she has examined 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. 

Honoring Thompson's Legacy

Caroline Goss Thompson came to the university in 1945 as the director of the newly formed Occupational Therapy Program, and her leadership and dedication to this small undergraduate program allowed it to grow into a nationally recognized site of educational excellence in the field. 

The professor emerita of the Occupational Therapy Program died in Madison at the age of 95 on Dec. 4, 2004. This lecture honors the memory of Thompson — scholar, dedicated leader, collaborator and generous friend of the university — and is supported by alumni contributions to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

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