AOTA President to Deliver White Coat Keynote
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) President Virginia “Ginny” Stoffel PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA is the scheduled keynote speaker at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony of the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, an annual event designed to celebrate new students’ induction into the professional community of occupational therapists.
The 2014 White Coat Ceremony will be held August 29 from 5:00–6:00pm on the Broad Lawn, south of the Center for the Health Professions building on the USC Health Sciences Campus.
Stoffel is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She earned her PhD degree in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2007, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1983 and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University in 1977. Her expertise and interests centers on the strengths and needs of people with serious mental illness living in the community, the occupational nature of people with substance use disorders and evidence-based practices regarding behavioral change including issues related to substance use, misuse, abuse and dependence. She is a proponent and practitioner of the “servant leadership” model of ethical and caring leadership, is board certified in mental health and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.