Department of Occupational Therapy

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2011 Frieda J. Behlen Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce the 2011 Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy scholarship recipients- Molly Schmidt and Rebecca Fishman. These two outstanding students have each been selected to receive a $2,000 tuition award for the summer 2011 semester.

Behlen 2011 Recipients Molly and Rebecca

Molly Schmidt entered the Occupational Therapy program intending to focus on pediatrics, but during her time at NYU she has developed an increasing interest in hand therapy. Challenging and engaging coursework, and a fieldwork experience at a hand therapy clinic, has led her to recognize the enormous impact successful hand therapy can make. She hopes to work in an acute adult rehabilitative setting after graduation, and to spend time at a sensory gym with pediatric clients, where she can continue her interest in pediatric care.

Rebecca Fishman began her career in marketing, but left to pursue occupational therapy out of a desire to work with children and an interest in helping patients pursue greater independence in their lives. She credits her fieldwork experience for giving her increased facility with a wide range of populations and diagnoses. Her immediate career interest is in pediatrics, but she hopes eventually to work with patients who are candidates for adaptive technology, as well as those with vision deficits.

The Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship is an endowed fund created principally by gifts from NYU OT alumni to honor the memory of Frieda J. Behlen, founder and longtime chair of NYU's Department of Occupational Therapy. The award takes the form of a tuition credit applied toward summer courses.