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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


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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