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NEW OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM AT SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

 NEW OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM AT SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
 WINCHESTER, Va., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "The demand for occupational therapy practitioners continues strong and a growing number of people are eager to enter the profession," wrote Senior Staff Writer Barbara E. Joe in a recent article for "OT Week," titled "New OT Education Program Opens at Shenandoah University."
 Shenandoah University has responded to the national need for occupational therapists and the limited educational slots available by adding this master's degree program to the School of Health Professions. The first students will be enrolled in the program in the fall of 1993.
 Charlotte Royeen, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, editor of AOTA's self-study series, has been hired as the chairperson and first faculty member of the new program. In her most recent past employment as an independent contractor in research and therapy services, Royeen provided expertise and technical assistance to organizations and companies at the local, regional, national and international levels in the areas of habilitation, research and evaluation, testing, program and policy development as well as personnel preparation and training. In 1990 and 1991, she served as a visiting professor and from 1987 to 1989 as adjunct associate professor of educational research and evaluation at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to that, Royeen served as the acting branch chief of the Research Projects and Development Branch, Division of Innovation and Development, in the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education.
 Royeen is highly respected in her field on the national and international level and is a sought-after speaker, whose work and studies have been published in over 30 books and professional journals. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as a master of science degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a bachelor of science from Tufts University in Boston.
 The program in occupational therapy at Shenandoah University is being developed based upon innovative, yet tested models of professional education in consultation with experts from across the United States. Most importantly, however, it will be based upon an integrated model of education/research and practice. Thus, graduates of this program will be well prepared to assume leadership positions in occupational therapy. "Not only do we plan to establish an OT program at Shenandoah University," promises Royeen, "but we want it to be one of the best OT programs in the U.S."
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 /CONTACT: Lore D. Michael of Shenandoah University, 703-665-4510, or after hours, 703-837-1115/ CO: Shenandoah University ST: Virginia IN: HEA SU: PDT


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