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USD Hosts Eighth Annual Occupational Therapy Research Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosts its eighth annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium today, May 4, in the Muenster University Ballroom.

The keynote address will be delivered by Renee Taylor, vice provost for faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at 9 a.m. Taylor’s presentation will explore the “Intentional Relationship Model,” an internationally validated, empirically-based guide to practice that emphasizes the use of six modes of interacting: advocating, collaborating, empathizing, encouraging, instructing, and problem solving.

The conference will also include small group discussions, research breakout sessions, an awards banquet and networking session.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News