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2010 Frieda J. Behlen Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce the 2010 Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy scholarship recipients- Stacey Suplizio, Jessica Sibley, and Rachel Turner. These three outstanding students have each been selected to receive a $2,000 tuition award for the summer 2010 semester.

Stacey Suplizio entered the Occupational Therapy program intending to focus on neuroscience and anatomy. While these remain areas of concentration for her, exposure to the OT curriculum has expanded her commitment to novel disciplines and techniques. Stacey hopes to combine her interest in rehabilitation, technology, and computers to explore advances in assistive technology. She is interested in pediatric practice, and plans to investigate the utility of music, theatre, and other disciplines when introduced into OT technique.  

Rachel Turner, beginning as an undergraduate, has sought ways to integrate her enthusiasm for art into modes of rehabilitative treatment. She has explored the use of art therapy with trauma victims, and hopes to integrate this experience professionally in the field of orthopedic hand therapy, providing both a means of addressing physical deficits and an opportunity to improve a patient's mental state. She has also put her artistic experience to use in illustration; her technical drawings are featured in Professor Sally Poole's Kinesiology Course Manual, as well as in Home Treatment Plans for the Anita Simons Hand Therapy Clinic.  

Jessica Sibley's experience with the occupational therapy field has increased her appreciation for, and commitment to, a client-centered approach to treatment. Her ultimate goal is the establishment of a community practice, in which practitioners are invested in close attention to the client's needs and progress, medically and emotionally. She hopes to begin her career in the pediatric field, particularly in a school setting, and to seek out a community of experienced practitioners with insight into treating and working with children.

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.