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2023 AOTA Inspire Annual Conference & Expo

The faculty, staff, students and alumni of USC Chan were strongly represented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2023 Inspire conference in Kansas City. With more than 100 USC-affiliated speakers/presenters and nine USC-affiliated award winners, including the 2023 Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture by Professor Mary Lawlor, this conference was one to remember!

2023 AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture Award


Professor Mary Lawlor

Mary Lawlor | The Mattering of “Little Things”

Occupational therapy is a complex practice encompassing both mundane and extraordinary aspects of living and learning in daily life. Dr. Lawlor will draw upon ethnographic and narrative phenomenological research to discuss the processes involved in discovering and making explicit the evidence of mattering. The phrase “little things” often signals experiences that are significant; matter deeply; and promote healing, recovery, or engagement. Alternatively, “little things,” when examined, can reveal disruptions or obstacles to achieving meaningful outcomes. Reflections will highlight how interactional, social and relational practices shape experiences and can inform our therapeutic encounters.

2023 AOTA & AOTF Awardees

Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09 | AOTA Roster of Fellows

Erna Blanche MA ’88, PhD ’98 | AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence

Stefanie Bodison ’92, MA ’94, OTD ’10 | AOTA Roster of Fellows

Don Fogelberg PhD ’08 | AOTF Meritorious Service Award

Mary Khetani MA ’02 | AOTA Roster of Fellows

Sook-Lei Liew MA ’08, PhD ’12 | AOTF Academy of Research

Elizabeth Pyatak ’02, MA ’04, PhD ’10 | AOTF Mid-Career Research Excellence Award

Bill Wong MA ’11, OTD ’13 | AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award

Featured Speakers during INSPIRE General Sessions

Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09 | AOTF State of the Science Symposium Speaker

Susan Lingelbach MA ’13 | What’s So Funny About Burnout? Improv Skills for Burnout Prevention in Occupational Therapy

Aviril Sepulveda OTD ’17 | The Hidden Occupations and Co-occupations of Women: The Perinatal Period

USC Faculty, Staff Members, Current Students and Alumni Presenters/Speakers

Andrea Abad | Joana Nana Serwaa Akrofi | Melina Allahverdian | Amber Angell | Arameh Anvarizadeh | Asha Asher | Karla Ausderau | Grace Baranek | Amber Bennett | Alisha Bernal | Erna Blanche | Aaron Bonsall | Lorie Brinkman | Brandi Buchanan | Erin Bussell | Emily Campi | Kristine Carandang | Olivia Carroll | Kevin Casey | Jana Cason | Megan C. Chang | Elizabeth Choi | Dejaney Clark | Alison Cogan | Rebecca Cunningham | Lynette DeFrancia | Yiyang Sunny Fang | Yasmin Farasat | Alexandra Feldman | Heather Gates | Stephani Gharehptian | Savannah Gluck | Julie McLaughlin Gray | Ginny Greene | Janet Gunter | Ashley Halle | Cristin Holland | Judy Hopkins | Tiffany Hsu | Seung Woo Hwangbo | Mariamme Ibrahim | Jeanne Jackson | Esther Jahng | Tracy Jalaba | Jennifer Jones | Katie Jordan | Mary Khetani | Justin La | Elizabeth Larson | Mary Lawlor | Kelly Yu Chien Liao | Susan Lingelbach | Julia Lisle | Sophia Lovell | Cindy Luff | Anna Lynch | Marissa Marchioni | Jenny Martínez | Tessa Milman | Bryan Morales | Kristin Nxumalo | Elizabeth Nye | Emily Ochi | Justin Parnell | Allison Phillips | Bobbi Pineda | Angela Pogossian | Brianna Pollard | Rachel Proffitt | Samia Rafeedie | Lindsey Reeves | Caryn Roach | Pamela Roberts | Emily Rourke | Stacey Schepens Niemiec | Allie Schmiesing | Lisa Semro | Andrea Sherman | Hyon Min Catherine Shin | Alix Sleight | John Sideris | Linsey Smith | Emily Sopkin | Amanda Speights | Hilary Stanek | Leah Stein Duker | Lawrence Stevenson | Svitlana Stremousova | Adam Strizich | Karen Tapper | Cindy Teow | Marilyn Thompson | Joseph Christian Ungco | Ashley Uyeshiro Simon | Samantha Valasek | Jennifer Weaver | Amanda Wiles | Kimberly Wilkinson | Myka Winder | Bill Wong | Janis Yue

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2022 AOTA Inspire Annual Conference & Expo