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Annual Research Colloquium

1st Annual Research Colloquium:

On Sunday, December 13th, 2015, the Department of Occupational Therapy will host its 1st Annual Research Colloquium. This 1-day event (08:45 AM - 2:00 PM) includes complementary registration/CEU credits and is composed of both doctoral capstone research and faculty presentations. Topics such as: music therapy and anxiety, virtual reality gaming, aging in place, sexuality and sexual function as occupation, occupation of mothering, blended versus traditional learning, perceptions of high school students who are blind, sensory-based interventions and classical sensory integrative approach, web based assessment, developmental coordination disorders, evidence based practice, virtual dissection of the brachial plexus, mental health, millennial fieldwork, shoulder & rotator cuff, community mobility and mindfulness will be presented. 

Registration Deadline: November 15, 2015 

To register for our 1st Annual Research Colloquium: 

  • Click the registration form link below to access the complimentary registration form.
  • Registration Form Link:
  • On this registration form please select
    1. whether you will attend the event in-person or
    2. at-a-distance (*online), as well as
    3. indicate which of the session(s) you plan to attend. 

*For those attending from a distance, hyperlinks for individual session(s) will be emailed to address indicated on registration form along with CEU requirements.

If you have questions, please contact the Department of Occupational Therapy, Tampa Regional Campus at 813-574-5340 or email  

 Welcome Ceremony 8:45 - 9:00 AM

  • Dr. Ricardo C. Carrasco, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Dr. Rick D. Davenport, PhD, OTR/L

Morning Session 9:05 - 9:55 AM (1.0 CEU) Please Indicate Which Session You Would Like To Attend:

  • Thomas P. Arnold, PhD, Professor, Basic Sciences: Utilizing Virtual Dissection in Preparation for Cadaveric Studies in an Anatomy Course:  A Study on the Brachial Plexus
  • Rick D. Davenport, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor & Director of Research: Tips on How to Read Evidence-Based Practice Journal Articles
  • Thomas Decker, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator: What Happens When They Grow Up? Targeting the Daily Difficulties of Adolescents and Young Adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD): A Group Based, Short Intervention Strategy
  • Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor & Director of Technology: Deepening our Understanding of Proprioceptive Processing in Children with Disabilities: An Evidence and Web-Based Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Tools 

Doctoral Research Poster Presentations 10:05 to 11:35 AM (1.5 CEUs)

  • Ellie Edrissi, OTD-S, & Dennis P. McCarthy, PhD, OTR/L. The Effectiveness of Music Therapy for Test Anxiety
  • Ni He-Strocchio, OTD-S, Ashley R. Stedman, OTD-S, My-Lynn Tran, OTD-S, & Rick D. Davenport, PhD, OTR/L. Virtual Reality Gaming for Older Adults at Risk for Falls: A Feasibility Study.
  • Hillarie E. Hough, OTD-S, & Mirtha M. Whaley, PhD, OTR/L. Consumer Perception of Aging in Place: A Qualitative Study.
  • Lillian M. Freeman OTD-S, & Dr. Mirtha M. Whaley PhD, OTR/L. Sexuality and Sexual Function as Occupation: An Exploratory Pilot Study of Interventions Used by Occupational Therapists Working with Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury.
  • Meghan A. Granata, OTD-S, & Mirtha M. Whaley, PhD, OTR/L. The Occupation of Mothering in the NICU: A Mother’s Narrative.
  • Larry B. Holmes, OTD-S, Ricardo A. Demetrius, OTD-S, & Dennis McCarthy, PhD, OTR/L. Blended versus Traditional Learning: Comparing Achievement Based on Occupational Therapy Course Design.
  • Kristin S. McMillen, OTD-S, Jamie T. Williams, OTD-S, & Mirtha M. Whaley, PhD, OTR/L. In Their Own Voices: Perceptions and Experiences of High School Students Who Are Blind And Preparing to Transition Out of Public High Schools in Florida
  • Shree Patel OTD-S, Chelsea Bryant OTD-S, & Hillary Elaine Whitacre Anderson OTD-S, & Dr. Ricardo C. Carrasco, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. A quantitative analysis of pediatric occupational therapy practitioners’ understanding of the distinction between sensory-based interventions from the classical sensory integrative approach.
  • Stephanie M. Sylvia, OTD-S, & Dennis P. McCarthy, PhD, OTR/L. The Relationship between Music Therapy and Anxiety. 

Boxed Lunch 11:45 AM to 12:55 PM 

Afternoon Session 1:05 - 1:55 PM (1 CEU) Please Indicate Which Session You Would Like To Attend:

  • Ricardo C. Carrasco, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Founding Director & Professor: Taking Care of Yourself: Doable Mindfulness Activities for Your Daily Routine
  • Sheila M. Longpré, MOT, OTR/L, Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical and Community Relations: Fieldwork: Working with Millennials
  • Dennis P. McCarthy, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor & Director of Student Affairs & Marketing: At the Intersection of Transportation and Community Mobility
  • Terry Rzepkowski, DPT, Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences: The Shoulder and Rotator Cuff
  • Mirtha M. Whaley, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor & Director of Curriculum Affairs & Mariana D’Amico, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor & Director of Professional Development: Update on Mental Health
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