invitation photo for 75th anniversary

Keynote Speaker

Alumni Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chief Quality Officer & Associate Hospital Administrator of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital and Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association

12:30 -12:45 Welcome – Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Chair of OT Dept., and CHaHS Dean, Dr. Mary Schutten

12:45 - 1:15  Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Phipps at the SJSU Student Union Meeting Room (SU 1A and 1B)

Educational Sessions offered by Esteemed Alums (CE Flyer and Course Objectives)
(3.25 PDUs offered to attendees)

1:30 – 2:45 Concurrent Educational Sessions

•    Shawn Phipps: How to be a Transformational & Visionary Leader in Occupational Therapy
•    Elizabeth Gomes: Returning to Our Roots to Ensure our Future
•    Natalie Crittendon & Katie Gordon: Occupational Justice for Youth of the Bay Area
•    Jean Koketsu: Sleep – The Restorative Occupation
•    Allison Smith: Transitions from NICU to home – the Role of OT

3:00 – 4:15 Concurrent Educational Sessions

•    Sue Robertson: Authentic OT Process: The Client-Therapist Perspectives
•    Graham Teaford: Promoting Occupational Performance for Older Adults with Visual Limitations
•    Shohei Takatani: The Unique Role of Occupational Therapy with Clients with Cardiac Conditions in Acute Care
•    Rochelle McLaughlin: Mindful Practice of Occupational Therapy - Handout [pdf]
•    Uyen Nguyen: Creative Scheduling Models for School Based OT Services

4:30 – 6:30
Reception at Il Fornaio (No-host bar) with time to visit and celebrate 75 years of excellence!


Registration Fees: (Click here to register.)
$75.00 for registration received by Monday, October 1, 2018.

Special Discount for our Fieldwork Level II Educators who have supervised students during 2017-2018:
$60.00 for registration received by Monday, August 27, 2018.

 video icon buttonClick here to watch a VIDEO of our 70th Anniversary Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Phipps (09/20/2013)

Hands of Change is the Alumni Association of San Jose State University Department of Occupational Therapy. Its mission is to provide a bridge between its members and the department, promote a sense of unity, and provide opportunities for networking and mentoring while acting as a resource to enhance knowledge and growth.

photo collage of OT distinguished alumni

Purposes of the Alumni Association:

  • Provide guidance and support to the members
  • Serve as a resource to its members
  • Networking
  • Provide mentoring to students of SJSU's Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Visit and keep track of friends and faculty
  • Promote ongoing communication with the SJSU's Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Support the department
  • Support curriculum revision
  • Support research
  • Provide recognition of significant events and people

Goals of the Alumni Association:

  • To maintain an updated database
  • To establish membership dues and donations
  • To hold Alumni Reception events at the annual OTAC Conference
  • To develop an alumni contact list
  • To raise funds for scholarships to students
  • To raise funds for Department upgrading
  • To receive funds/support from vendors

For More Information or to Donate:

If you believe that San Jose State University and the Occupational Therapy Department contributed to, or were instrumental in your professional development and ultimate financial success, please help us now with a generous financial contribution. There is no more important time to give than now and there is no more important investment you could be making in your profession than to give back to the school and program of which you can be proud. Consider making a gift to the department in honor of our upcoming Diamond75th anniversary.

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University wish to thank and recognize all of our esteemed alumni and donor friends who gave generously during the previous year. We are grateful for your support and commitment. Your donations directly enrich and impact our department’s innovative programs of excellence in education, research and practice in occupational therapy.

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For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 408-924-3072

Alumni in the News

  • Alumna Rochelle McLaughlin (M.S. in OT, 2000) has developed a first-of-it's kind Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy Advanced Certificate Program through our very own Department of OT! Click here to find out more.

    photo of Rochelle McLaughlin

  • Alumna Beth Ching (BS in OT, 1985) is an Assistant Professor in the OTD program at Samuel Merritt and will recive the Interprofessional Collaboration Award at the 2017 AOTA Annual Conference. Her award will acknoledge her skills:  Making Space for Everyone at the Table.
    photo of alumna Beth Ching

  • A graduate from the SJSU Distance MSOT program, alumna Apple Sepulveda, received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to work with health professionals in the Philippines. Dr. Pamela Richardson worked with this student on her graduate project and would be able to provide additional information about this grant.
    photo of alumna Apple Sepulveda

  • Cynthia Ting, 2015 graduate of SJSU OT program, receives Outstanding Student Award from OTAC.
    Recognizes a member of OTAC who has made significant contributions to OT in the area(s) of scholarship, organizational activities, community service, and/or advocacy.  
    photo of Cynthia Ting_student awardee
    Congratulations, Cynthia Ting, 2015  OTAC
    Outstanding Student Awardee!

  • Wendy Howard, CHT

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