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USD Associate Professor Joins National Advisory Committee

Shana Cerny Shana Cerny, an associate professor in the OT Department, has been appointed to the Population Health and Occupational Therapy Committee.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Shana Cerny, B.S., M.S., O.T.D., associate professor in the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department at the University of South Dakota, has been appointed to the Population Health and Occupational Therapy Committee of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

This committee advocates for and advises the national organization on matters related to the nation’s health disparities, health outcomes of various population groups, and developing and implementing policies to improve the health and well-being of those populations.

Cerny, who has taught at USD’s OT department for seven years, has extensive experience in matters related to the committee’s mission, including working with the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, working as an ACE Interface Master Trainer and Fellow to reduce adverse childhood experiences, and working as a trauma-informed care educator. She also has clinical experience in children’s mental health, pediatric rehabilitation and community mental health.

Her teaching and research service at USD are in the areas of children’s well-being, childhood mental health, human trafficking recovery, and community mental health.


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
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