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  • Lisa Simmons Presents at the 2019 AOTA Annual Conference

    April 15, 2019

    Mrs. Lisa Simmons, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program Director, presented at the 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA earlier this April. There were approximately 50 attendees at her session. Lisa’s presentation was titled, “Successful Use of Group Interview for Fellow Selection” and was a part of the Best Practices in Fellowship Panel.  Her presentation highlighted the group interview format used during the selection of the Medstar Neurological Fellow.  Trinity and Medstar partnered in 2015 to establish a unique fellowship program with not only clinical and research components, but also a component to train higher level clinicians to become effective educators.

    Lisa was supported in this presentation by Dr. Samuel Talisman, Part-time OTA faculty and Medstar Neurological Fellow, Mrs. Amanda Gahlot, OTA Adjunct Faculty, and Mrs. Neepa Shah, MOT Adjunct Faculty at Trinity Washington University.

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    Dr. Carrie O’Reilly Voted to the Virginia State Simulation Alliance

    April 8, 2019

    Dr. Carrie O’Reilly, Director of Clinical Simulation and Laboratory Operations and Assistant Professor of Nursing, was voted to the Virginia State Simulation Alliance (VASSA) for the 2019-2020 term. The mission of VASSA is to provide networking and mentoring opportunities, promote professional development, and improve utilization of simulation as a teaching methodology for nursing educators.

    Dr. O’Reilly is also the recipient of the 2019 Anthony Battaglia/Pocket Nurse® Conference Scholarship Award. She was only one of eight participants to receive this award. The scholarship is designed to stimulate interest and participation in the development and advancement of clinical simulation in nursing and learning resource centers through the payment of conference registration fees.

    Thirdly, Dr. O’Reilly has published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, Online Journal of Occupational Therapy, that was co-authored by three Trinity School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty, Dr. Carrie O’Reilly, Dr. Mary Romanello, and Ms. Lisa Simmons. Read abstract.

    O’Reilly, Carrie M.; Simmons, Lisa P.; and Romanello, Mary L. (2019) “Collaborative Care Best Practices Model (CCBPM) Development for Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant Interprofessional Simulation,” The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 11.

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    Sr. Mary Johnson Presented Paper at the Catholic Social Tradition Conference

    April 1, 2019

    Sr. Mary Johnson SNDdeN, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, delivered a paper on “Women and Catholic Social Teaching” at the Catholic Social Tradition Conference at the University of Notre Dame on March 21-23, 2019.

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    Dr. Deborah Harris O’Brien Elected Psi Chi President

    March 26, 2019

    Dr. Deborah Harris O’Brien, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of Human Relations, is the new president-elect of Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology. Dr. Harris O’Brien is the founding advisor of the Psi Chi Chapter at Trinity Washington University, which continues to be one of our oldest and largest honor societies at Trinity.

    In her biological statement to Psi Chi, Dr. Harris O’Brien emphasizes the importance of increasing opportunities in psychology and providing the necessary resources and network connections for student success. When sharing the news of her appointment she was excited that a, “psychology professor from a small college could achieve this level of success” and that she pledges, “to show what great things we are accomplishing here at Trinity.”

    We applaud and congratulate Dr. Harris O’Brien on this great achievement.  Learn more about her leadership within PsiChi and outstanding career. 


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    Dr. James Stocker Appointed by the Archivist of United States

    March 18, 2019

    Dr. James R. Stocker, Assistant Professor of International Affairs and program chair,  has been appointed by the Archivist of United States to serve as a representative of the historical community (historians and history-related organizations) on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee.

     From the FOIA Advisory Committee website: “The National Archives and Records Administration established the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee in 2014 to foster dialog between the Administration and the requester community, solicit public comments, and develop consensus recommendations for improving FOIA administration and proactive disclosures.”


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