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New dean of Henrietta Schmoll School of Health announced

Penelope Moyers Ed.D., has been named the new dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University, President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, announced June 29.

Moyers comes to St. Kate’s from the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham, where she has chaired the Department of Occupational Therapy for the past six years. She will begin her new duties Aug. 30.

University of Alabama graduate programs for entry-level and post-professional programs have thrived under her leadership, including a well-known program in low-vision rehabilitation.

Moyers previously served as founding dean of the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis and developed programs from the master’s to the doctoral level.

Led by Interim Dean Alice Swan DNSc. RN, since 2009, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health offers a variety of academic options including certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as clinical doctorates.

It is second only to the University of Minnesota in the number of healthcare graduates produced annually in the state and is among only a handful of institutions in the nation that offers a four-tiered program of nursing education (associate, bachelor’s, master’s and clinical doctorate degrees), all levels of occupational therapy education and a baccalaureate major in respiratory care.

A leader in occupational therapy practice

Moyers recently completed a three-year term as president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), where she oversaw the inclusion of occupational therapy in U.S. healthcare reform legislation and increased membership and grassroots advocacy activities.

Previously, she was founding chair of AOTA's Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development that launched four board and specialty certifications to help AOTA members remain current in their fields. The commission also developed a web-based professional development tool for AOTA.

Moyers has published extensively on the topic of substance use disorders and has worked with AOTA to systematically review evidence to identify effective interventions in this area of practice.

A Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA), she is an Occupational Therapist Registered Licensed (OTR/L) and a Board Certified in Mental Health (BCMH) professional.

She earned a doctorate in education from Ball State University (Indiana), a master's degree in community development from the University of Louisville and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri.

Moyers will join two other new deans at St. Catherine University: Paula King, Ph.D., has been named dean of the School of Business and Leadership, and MaryAnn Janosik, Ph.D., has been named dean of the School of Professional Studies. Click here to learn more.

About the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

In establishing the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health in September 2007, President Lee said the institution had a “moral imperative” and unique preparation to reshape the education of healthcare professionals.

The School brought together the University’s nearly two dozen professional and pre-professional healthcare programs.

June 29, 2010 by Julie Michener

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