2014 Thompson Memorial Lecture

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2014 Thompson Memorial Lecture

University of Pittsburgh’s Skidmore to deliver keynote

UW–Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program is hosting its annual lecture honoring the memory of Caroline Goss Thomp­son on Thursday, Oct. 2. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Elizabeth Skidmore
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore, whose presentation is titled, “Acute Cognitive Impairments: New Approaches to Intervention.”

One-third to one-half of individuals with acute stroke acquire new cognitive impairments that are associated with significant functional disability. This presentation will describe a new in­tervention in the acute phase of recovery that shows promise for reducing functional disability in the first six months after stroke.

Skidmore will present preliminary data from two completed Phase II clinical trials and a Phase III clinical trial currently underway, as well as discuss implications for practice and future research.

Skidmore is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh with both the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Phys­ical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Saunders is Preceptor of Year

Each year the OT program recognizes an outstanding education fieldwork student supervisor.

Martin Saunders
The 2014 Preceptor of the Year is Martin Saunders. Saunders — who received his BS in Occupational Therapy in 1984 and a master’s in Counseling Psychology in 1996, both from UW–Madison — will be recognized during the Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture program.

He has been working as an OT in mental health at Madison’s Meriter Hospital since 1985. Saunders is currently employed as an OTR in Adult Psychiatry, and previously has spent periods working in Meriter’s Eating Disorders Program, Child and Adolescent Program, Adult Partial Hospital Program, and the New Start drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

Saunders has presented at three Wisconsin State OT conferences on Group Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy. He has also presented on the subject of “The Use of Absurdity as a Frame of Reference in Group Therapy.”


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