Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - The College of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma HSC
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-2131,
Fax: (405) 271-2432

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Occupational therapy program seeks outstanding Oklahoma high school seniors.
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Professor Tucker had the opportunity to talk about the OT early admit program to the Oklahoman.

Read more about the article and see the video here!
CCEW presentation titled “A Child's Cup Full"

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A warm congratulations to Lauren Wells, second year MOT student for her wonderful CCEW presentation titled “A Child's Cup Full”, a sustainable business model that employs refugee women around the world while producing environmentally friendly, handcrafted children's toy. Lauren and her team explored taking the work of inventor Dr. Janette Habashi and making her socially conscious toy company, that employs refugee women from the middle east, a sustainable company.  Lauren's group presented in spite of the bad weather on Friday, as her parents had made a 4 hour drive for the event.   She will present again on the Tulsa campus, December 4, 2013.  Event Flyer

Rehabilitation Sciences and Community Service

Over 50 physical therapy and occupational therapy student volunteers provided manual therapy at the finish line of the recent Tulsa Run 15K. Nearly 250 runners received soft tissue work, stretching, and tips on wellness and injury prevention. Rehabilitation Sciences students and faculty promote wellness and prevention as one of many service endeavors in Oklahoma communities. Student groups and faculty provide similar care to runners at the Oklahoma City memorial marathon and the Route 66 marathon. 

First Recipient of the Elwood Scholar Award

Kathryn Renee Harris is the first recipient of the Elwood Scholar Award, which includes $1,000 and an expense-paid trip for her to attend the Awards Dinner at the ASAHP Annual Conference on October 23 in Orlando, FL. Some 36 applications were submitted by deans and directors at member institutions, but of all the applications, her name stood our prominently among the 12 students chosen to receive scholarship assistance in 2013.

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Shown from Left to Right:  Dean P. Kevin Rudeen, Kathryn Harris; and Denise Bender, DPT program director
University of Oklahoma researchers develop technique to help Alzheimer's patients regain independence
Photo - Principal investigator Carrie Ciro, Ph. D. and Alzheimer's patient Ron Grant at press conference at OU College of Allied Health about a new Alzheimer's study Tuesday. <strong>David McDaniel - The Oklahoman</strong>

Principal investigator Carrie Ciro, Ph. D. and Alzheimer's patient Ron Grant at press conference at OU College of Allied Health about a new Alzheimer's study Tuesday. David McDaniel - The Oklahoman

University of Oklahoma researchers develop technique to help Alzheimer's patients regain independence.

Daily Oklahoman Article

2013 Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Ashley Gripe, DPT graduating class of 2013, for receiving the Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence at the OU-Tulsa Convocation ceremony! The award recognizes superior performance in academics, leadership, and community service. Pictured (left to right) are: OU-Tulsa President Gerard Clancy, Ashley Gripe, and OUHSC Senior Vice President and Provost M. Dewayne Andrews.

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2013 New Venture Pitch Competition

Please click here to see pictures of students presenting for 2013 New Venture Pitch Competition.

AH Research Day 2013

Please click here to see pictures of students with poster presentations for AH Research Day 2013.

The 2013 New Venture Pitch Competition

Congratulations Chelsie McKee, Heather Odle, Wes Higgs & Will Vaughn!

Three OU-Tulsa student teams were selected from 13 applications to participate in the Price College of Business and the Sooner Launch Pad New Venture Pitch Competition for a novel business idea.
This event will take place in Tulsa at 6:00pm on April 25th at the F&M Bank.  

There are three OU-Tulsa student teams participating in the competition for cash prizes:

  • Cultural Outreach Solutions:  Kristin Smith (MSW)
  • University of Naps:  Aniruddha Agharkar (TCOM), Nikhita Guntur (TCOM), Lauren McKinney (A&S) & Vishal Gadiya (TCOM)
  • EaseAbility: Chelsie McKee, Heather Odle, Wes Higgs & Will Vaughn (Allied Health)

Watch YOUR students complete a 2 minute elevator pitch on their new business idea!  Following the pitches, there will be a vote for  crowd favorite.  Please RSVP to


April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Living Life To Its Fullest Logo in Orange

When occupational therapy says the impossible is possible, we help people live life to its fullest. When occupational therapy sets unreachable goals and makes them reachable, we help people live life to its fullest.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Find out more about OT: The American Occupational Therapy Association

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The Training and Use of Service Dogs in Occupational Therapy Education

Mary Isaacson ATP, Ed.D., OTR/L, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,

The purpose of this study is to describe the role of occupational therapy fieldwork students in the training of service dogs. Ethnography is an approach that strives to explore and describe the point of view of people. Ethnographers view the researcher as an instrument to gain insight into the subject. This researcher utilized her own experiences as an occupational therapist, an occupational therapy educator, and as a volunteer dog trainer of service dogs. She then validated the process through interviews with key informants. The results indicate that occupational therapists and occupational therapy students are capable of playing a significant role in the training and placement of service dogs. During a level I experience, occupational therapy students experienced the importance that a dog can play in a person’s life as a tool of adaptation. They also learned advocacy and professionalism and applied the Person-Environment-Occupation model of practice. In addition, students recognized that barriers exist in the use of service dogs.

Recommended Citation:
Isaacson, Mary ATP, Ed.D., OTR/L (2013) "The Training and Use of Service Dogs in Occupational Therapy Education, "The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy”: Vol. 1: Iss. 2,  Article 6.
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Her article, "The Training and Use of Service Dogs in Occupational Therapy Education," can be accessed via this link:

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Mary Isaacson, Ed.D., OTR/L, ATP and Samson

Spinal Manipulation Update:  Tenth Annual Update for Physical Therapists, Osteopathic Physicians and Medical Doctors - March 7-11, 2013
Philip Tehan  D.O., Dip Physio., M.M.P.A., MHSc

Peter Gibbons MB, BS, DO, DM-SMed, MHSc

Now in its tenth year, the annual Spinal Manipulation Update continuing education program will be held March 7-11, 2013, at OU TULSA Schusterman campus.  The program will be attended by nearly 40 physical therapists from across the United States.  During the past decade, nearly 400 physical therapists, osteopathic physicians, and medical doctors hailing from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries have come to Oklahoma to learn highly-refined techniques of spinal manipulation from Peter Gibbons and Philip Tehan of Melbourne, Australia.  While each has practiced nearly 40 years as an osteopath, Gibbons also is a medical doctor and Tehan also is a physiotherapist.  Dave Johnson, PT, PhD of the Dept. of Rehab Sciences has developed and directed this program since its inception in 2004.   

Click here for more information, including the program brochure.

Norman Couple Establish Doctor of Science Autism Scholarship in OU College of Allied Health - 2013

NORMAN – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that scholarship donors Jon and Cathryn Withrow have made a $240,000 gift to establish a new scholarship in the College of Allied Health, increasing the Norman couple’s total gifts to OU scholarships to almost $2 million.

Their newest gift is designated for doctoral students who will be conducting research and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It continues the Withrows’ exceptional and longtime support for scholarships and underscores their deep interest in autism.

Read complete article here
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
San Diego, CA – Feb 2013


Sandy Arnold, PT, PhD: 
Measuring the Outcomes of Students: Rasch Analysis of the School Outcomes Measure (SOM); Poster; S. Arnold, PT, PhD, T.H.A.  Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, & E. Smith, PhD.

Thubi  Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA:
Pre-Conference Workshop
Pediatric Neurorehabilitation -- Linking structure and function: Dosing and Knowledge Gaps Pediatric Neurorehabilitation -- Linking structure and function: Practice and Research

Use of Robotics to Promote Prone Locomotion in Infants with and without Cerebral Palsy: Platform Presentation. T. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA; P. Pidcoe, PhD, DPT, M. Warner, BS, sDPT.

Casey Nesbit, PT, DSc, PCS:
Proximal and Distal Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity. Poster Presentation. C. Nesbit, PT, DSc, T. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA; S. Arnold, PT, PhD, S. Sisson, PhD, M. P. Anderson, PhD.


Mark Anderson, PT, PhD, ATC
Excellence in Education Award; Sports PT Section

Maria Jones, PT, PhD, ATP:
Toby Long Award [best 2012 research article published in Pediatric Physical Therapy]; Pediatric Section

Article: Effects of Power Wheelchairs on the Development and Function of Young Children With Severe Motor Impairments: M.A. Jones, PT, PhD; I.R. McEwen, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA; B, Neas,  PhD. Vol 24(2), 131-140.

Casey Nesbit, PT, DSc, PCS
Casey Nesbit, PT, DSc, PCS
Maria Jones, PT, PhD, ATP
Maria Jones, PT, PhD, ATP
Maria Jones, PT, PhD, ATP
Maria Jones, PT, PhD, ATP
Thubi  Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Thubi  Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Sandy Arnold, PT, PhD
Sandy Arnold, PT, PhD