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Occupational therapy research from faculty-student collaboration published in national journal

Research from a three-year study conducted by St. Kate's occupational therapy graduates and faculty in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota has been published in the March 2013 edition of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal.

The research on "Perspectives of Adults Living With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Psychosocial and Occupational Implications" is the result of a collaboration between Professor Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., and three graduates from the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy program at St. Kate's. Haertl supervised Danielle Callahan MAOT '07, Jeffrey Markovics MAOT '08 and Sara Strouf Sheppard MAOT '08, who each conducted their thesis on the topic, in studying the lived experience of Autism.

"We studied the lived experience of high functioning autism and the occupational, social and leisure effects of the condition," says Haertl.

The purpose of the study is to enhance the delivery of occupational therapy services through a better understanding of the personal experience involved in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and through an increased understanding of the perceived need for services.

Haertl is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

For more about the occupational therapy programs at St. Catherine University, visit the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health website.

March 25, 2013 by Melissa Kaelin

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