Colorado State University Offers Symposium to Discuss Occupational Therapy Research May 4

To promote the interaction among alumni, professionals, students, faculty, staff and researchers throughout the nation, the Department of Cccupational Therapy at Colorado State University is hosting a research symposium, themed Occupation and Rehabilitation Science, Guiding Research and Practice, from12:30 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 in the North Ballroom of the CSU’s Lory Student Center.

Two internationally recognized speakers, Kenneth Ottenbacher, a leading scholar in rehabilitation science, and Doris Pierce, a leading scholar with expertise in occupational science, will explore the contributions of rehabilitation science and occupational science to practice and research. Guests interested in learning more about the profession will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research conducted by CSU occupational therapy graduate students and occupational therapy practitioners can earn 4.5 contact hours.

Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience and best practices that have been developed and proven over time.

“Whether due to illness, injury, mental health, aging, developmental delays, life changes or difficult life situations, many people struggle to do the things they want and need to do everyday—go to school, take care of themselves, take care of others, work, manage a household, drive, shop and participate in leisure activities. Occupational therapists work with people and groups of all ages to enhance their participation in daily life. OTs help people adapt their activities, routines, situations and environments to best support full participation. The science that supports occupational therapy suggests that meaningful and full participation in everyday life is vital to health, well-being and quality of life,” said Barbara Hooper an occupational therapist at CSU.

The event is free to the public and RSVPS should be made by contacting Barb Ball at (970) 491-2183 or by April 14.

For more information about occupational therapy and the American Occupational Therapy Association, visit