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New publications by UIndy Occupational Therapy faculty

Several faculty from the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy are authors on recently published articles and book chapters that contribute to the body of knowledge in occupational therapy practice.

UIndy OT professor Katie PoloKatie Polo, DHS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA is a co-author of the peer-reviewed publication “Interventions to promote diabetes self-management in children and youth: A scoping review,” which appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Polo’s team reviewed literature on self-management interventions for children and youth with diabetes.  The findings summarize factors that occupational therapists should consider when working with pediatric teams to select self-management interventions for children and youth with diabetes. These factors revolve around self-management education or support, parent involvement, and use of technology.  Polo was a secondary author of the article and participated in developing search term criteria, the data collection process, and the screening and reviewing of all articles.

OT professor Dr. Beth Ann WalkerBeth Ann Walker, PhD co-authored a chapter in the textbook Gerontechnoloy: Research, Practice, and Principles in the Field of Technology and Aging, published by Springer Publishing Company. Walker and colleagues collaborated to write the chapter “Aging and intra-and intergenerational contexts: The family technologist.”

The chapter contributes to the literature about caregiving and technology and presents a case for the emergence of a new caregiving role, the family technologist. Walker and colleagues use a theory-based decision framework tool to answer essential questions related to the what, when, and how of technology adoption and use for the purposes of caring for an older adult. The chapter also discusses how the diversity and complexity of family structures impacts the use of technology within the family of caregivers.

Victoria_Wilburn-smallVictoria Wilburn, DHSc, OTR/L worked with UIndy School of OT faculty colleague Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, and others to publish “Perceptions of Academic Fieldwork Coordinators Regarding the Value of Fieldwork in Emerging Areas of Practice.” The peer-reviewed article was recently published in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Wilburn and colleagues found that Academic Fieldwork Coordinators observe students have a stronger understanding of the role and scope of occupational therapy when they participate in emerging areas of practice. In addition, findings from this study support the transition from master’s level to doctorally-prepared students because students are able to learn the necessary tools to engage in emerging markets, such as community-based mental health, intervention in homeless shelters, and OT consultancy.


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