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2013 Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship

The Department of Occupational Therapy hosted its 2013 Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship at the NYU Law School on the evening of March 14, 2013.  Florence Clark Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA gave the event’s keynote lecture entitled, "Approaching Occupational Therapy’s Silver Anniversary: Perspectives on the Controversial “Marriage” of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.” Guests included NYU alumni, faculty, post professional students and student representatives from the Department’s professional program.  Faculty and students from other local institutions and many tri-state area Occupational Therapists were also in attendance.  The evening began with a tapas and sangria reception, followed by the announcement of the recipients of the 2013 Behlen Scholarship Award recipients: Chloe Garcia Cruz, Elizabeth Greenebaum and Brienna Maier. 

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Occupational Science will be 25 years old in 2014.  Established at the University of Southern California and in the University of South Australia between 1989 and 1991, questions soon arose regarding the nature of the relationship between the discipline of occupational science and the profession of occupational therapy.  Controversy centered on (1) whether occupational science should be a basic or applied science, (2) what research methodologies were appropriate for the discipline, (3) whether it should focus on the well populations or people with disability and (4) whether the discipline could meet the profession’s growing need for evidence.  Over the course of the past 25 years, we have been working through these polemics and now conceive of occupational science as a translational science focused on everyday living.  This perspective dispossesses a strict separation of occupational science from occupational therapy.  Not only does the discipline further an understanding of the everyday lives of people, especially as it impacts health and well-being, but it also furnishes basic knowledge to guide the development of novel interventions, and provides solid evidence of the efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of these therapeutic approaches.

Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Florence Clark is a widely published and noted scholar. She earned her BA in English and Drama at the University at Albany, State University of New York, her MS in Occupational Therapy from The State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her PhD in Education from USC, focusing was in the area of psychometrics. She has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Indianapolis and from The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Appointed as a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Association, she has served as special consultant to the United States Army Surgeon General, been on the board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and been the recipient of an Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the highest academic honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association. In 1999, the American Occupational Therapy Association honored her with its Award of Merit and in 2001 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medallion from the president of the University of Southern California, the ultimate honor for those who have brought honor and distinction to USC. She is currently President of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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