USD Occupational Therapy professor and researcher earns national honor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, MSOT, OTR/L, Associate Professor and Associate Academic Program Director of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Dakota, is a recipient of the Roster of Fellows Award, presented annually by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Award winners are identified for their knowledge and expertise, and for making a significant contribution to continuing education and professional development within the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Smallfield will be presented with the award at AOTA’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. She is being specifically recognized for her leadership in areas related to gerontology and evidence-based practice.

“This national award recognizes Dr. Smallfield’s expertise in a number of important areas of occupational therapy, including older adults with low vision, home modifications and social participation through technology,” said Dr. Michael Lawler, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota.  “We are very proud of her accomplishments as a researcher, teacher and practitioner.”

The Occupational Therapy Department is one of nine departments in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota. A photo of Smallfield is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Stacy_Smallfield.jpg.

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