The Department of Occupational Therapy
at University of the Sciences recently held its inaugural induction of seven students and two faculty members into its Delta Iota chapter of the national honor society for occupational therapy – Pi Theta Epsilon
The fall 2013 inductees include: Heather Dailey MOT’15; Victoria Lee Plainsboro DOT’16; Ashley Feigenbutz MOT’15; Marissa Larocco MOT’15; Lindsay Chiarello DOT’14; Alyssa Reiter DOT’14; Daniel Fichter DOT’15; Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, professor of occupational therapy; and Wendy Fox MOT, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy.
As the society’s adviser, Rondalyn Whitney
, PhD, interim director of the occupational therapy doctoral program, encourages the inductees to use their knowledge beyond traditional professional settings to help ensure quality healthcare services within their communities. Occupational therapy is among the top five programs boasting the highest enrollments at University of the Sciences, and Dr. Whitney strives to promote the importance of community engagement among all students.
Pi Theta Epsilon, a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in professional entry-level programs at accredited educational programs across the U.S. The society also aims to contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy through special projects of its members, provide a basis for relationship among accredited programs of occupational therapy, and collaborate with other student occupational therapy organizations.
The newfound presence of Pi Theta Epsilon on the University’s campus could not have happened without the unwavering support of Laurie Sherwen, PhD, FAAN, dean and professor of Samson College of Health Sciences, said Dr. Whitney.