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OT Research Conference

Date: April 30, 2020
Time: Registration to begin at 8 a.m. Program to begin at 8:45 a.m.
Location: University of South Dakota, Muenster University Center Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Shana Cerny, O.T.D., O.T.R./L, B.C.P., T.B.R.I.® Educator

The registration form and full schedule can be found in the brochure.

Keynote Address:
It Only Takes a Spark: Using Occupational Therapy Theory to Meet Worldwide and Local Issues

In this presentation, Dr. Cerny will discuss the importance of every occupational therapy practitioner being passionate about using professional skills to make positive change in society. Symposium attendees will hear examples of Dr. Cerny’s experiences that illustrate the importance of being passionate while adhering to the profession’s scope of practice by using occupational therapy theories, creating and using evidence, and collaborating with community organizations to advance occupational therapy services to those who need them. Barriers to full contribution to the profession including self-doubt, ambiguous service delivery models and diffuse professional identity will be discussed. This keynote presentation will primarily be a call for attendees to be passionate about expanding occupational therapy services outside of traditional settings in a way that preserves the profession’s distinct value while promoting occupational justice in policy development, education, health and community service systems.

Dr. Cerny holds a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She completed a course at Texas Christian University to become a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Educator. She also has Board Certification in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has clinical experience in early intervention, school-based services, pediatric rehab, and community mental health. Dr. Cerny is currently associate professor in the occupational therapy doctorate program at the University of South Dakota.

She primarily teaches content in pediatric development, pediatric assessment and intervention, interruptions to childhood and adolescent occupations, common conditions in pediatric occupational therapy and trauma-informed care. Her scholarly interests and publications are in children’s subjective wellbeing, promotion of childhood mental health, recovery for victims of human trafficking and interprofessional education.