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.