Faculty Bios

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Lynne Andonian

Assistant Professor, Lynne Andonian, PhD, OTR/L, earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, a M.A. degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University, San Francisco. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, primarily in mental health, in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient partial hospitalization programs, public schools, and community-based settings. Dr. Andonian has also worked abroad with people with disabilities in Zambia and Uganda. She has presented nationally and internationally on her research interests that include community advocacy for underserved groups in the US and abroad, people with mental illness, international and multicultural issues, and occupational therapy clinical education.

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Deborah Bolding

Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is the coordinator for the post-professional master’s program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree from Boston University, a post-master’s certificate in Health Professions Education from Simmons College, and a PhD from Capella University. Her dissertation explored the development of professional behaviors in occupational therapy, nursing and physical therapy exemplars working in the acute hospital setting. Dr. Bolding has authored or co-authored chapters on juvenile arthritis and functional mobility, and articles related
to splinting, habilitation, fieldwork education, evidence-based practice, motor control, and obstructive sleep apnea. She has made numerous presentations at regional, state, and national conferences. She presented posters at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists meeting in Santiago, Chile (2010), and Yokohama, Japan (2014).

Dr. Bolding also works in a community-based fall prevention program for older adults, and she has extensive experience in acute care, acute rehabilitation, hand therapy, and pediatrics. She was recognized by the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) for her contributions to fieldwork education, and serves on the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and the OTAC Practice, Ethics, and Reimbursement Committee. She is a member of WFOT, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and OTAC.

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Elizabeth Cara

Professor Liz Cara, PhD, OTR/L, MFCC, received her Certificate of Proficiency in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. She has published papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey, the occupational therapist and primatologist, and also one of SJSU and occupational therapy’s most famous graduates. Dr. Cara was selected for San Jose State University's Teacher-Scholar program for 2006-2007, served for six years as President of the SJSU California Faculty Association for over 700 faculty members and represented CASA in the academic senate, 2012-2014. Her scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide. She has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally Dr. Cara is a native of San Francisco and fervent follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49'ers.

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Megan C. Chang

Assistant Professor Megan Chang, Ph.D., OTR/L, earned her Ph.D. in Occupational Science, M.S. in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She completed a clinical training program and received certification in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Her research interests include using psychophysiological approaches to study sensory processing, emotion, and cognition as well as examining psychosocial and physiological risk factors associated with health-related behaviors and occupations in various populations. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including her most recent work in the fields of physical dysfunction and pediatrics. She is a Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programmer and has worked several years as a biostatistician. Inspired by her previous mentors, she is passionate about teaching future therapists not only to improve their skills but also to actively engage in research activities in order to collaboratively strengthen the knowledge base of Occupational Therapy.

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Alison George

Lecturer George, , MS, OTR/L, earned a B.A. degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara, a Certificate of Proficiency in occupational therapy and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. Her clinical experience has been in the area of physical disabilities. Alison is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of California's Government Affairs Committee. She authored a chapter on "Infection Control in The Clinic" in the 6th edition of Pedretti's Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction textbook.

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Carolyn Glogoski

Associate Professor Carolyn Glogoski, , PhD, OTR/L, earned a B.S. in occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. She obtained a combined M.S./ Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She has 30+ years of clinical experience in geriatrics, community mental health and case management, serving the seriously mentally ill, the homeless population and at risk adolescents and transition age young adults. She maintains an ongoing clinical practice one day a week. One of her most rewarding therapy tools include her Canine Companion for Independence (CCI) facility/service dog named Cammie -- a canine member of the faculty.
Dr. Glogoski's research interests include community living competencies and mental health issues with older adults, person's with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), homeless individuals and at risk youth. She is interested in how occupation can promote" aging in place", wellness, life style redesign and least restrictive living contexts. Very recent research interests involve exploring the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy and utilization of living skill evaluations to promote quality of life and independence.

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Cinna Hunter

Fieldwork Coordinator and Lecturer, Cinna Hunter, OTR/L, MS SpEd earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from National University. She has 18years of clinical experience, primarily in school-based practice in both public and private school settings. She has presented on school-based occupational therapy, sensory integration, and strategies for success when on a fieldwork assignment. Ms. Hunter has also worked abroad as a project manager/developer in private industry, working with people with diverse backgrounds to develop products for export.

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Sabiñe Jiao

Sabiñe M. Jiao, MS, OTR/L, born and raised in the Philippines, started her schooling in Occupational Therapy at Cebu Doctors’ College, Philippines for 2 years. In 1996, Sabiñe independently relocated to San Jose, California and began studying at San Jose State University's Department of Occupational Therapy. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in OT in 2000. She worked as an early intervention pediatric occupational therapist providing therapy in homes and in the clinic setting before getting into the adult day health setting providing therapy with a focus in mental health and physical dysfunction for the adult population. In 2001, Sabiñe returned to the pediatric setting, providing school-based therapy as a private contractor for the County of San Mateo and Peninsula school districts in Northern California. She returned to San Jose State to obtain her post-professional masters degree in Occupational Therapy simultaneously working full time for the County of Santa Clara office of Education as a school-based pediatric Occupational Therapist. Sabiñe worked for the county of Santa Clara office of Education for over 10 years. She has worked extensively with children that have moderate to severe disabilities, ranging from the medically fragile diagnosis to emotional disabilities and Autism/ASD (Autism spectrum disorders). In 2012, Sabiñe began working for a private home health company and provides home health occupational therapy for the adult and geriatric population. She continues to gain  continuing education training to be able to provide evidence-based practice techniques. She has experience in providing sensory integration based therapy, using Jean Ayres theory of Sensory Integration. She has training and experience with children with food aversion/sensitivities and or behavior issues. Sabiñe also has experience with online teaching Occupational Therapy courses to universities in the Philippines. She enjoys teaching and was offered a part-time lecturer position at SJSU in the fall of 2014 while continuing to provide home health OT. Finally, she is blessed with a supportive husband Phil-Eric (who is a molecular biologist) and two children Amaya 9 and Mateo 5. They live in Santa Clara, California.


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Jean Koketsu

Lecturer Jean Koketsu, MS, OTR/L graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in psychology and from SJSU with an M.S. in occupational therapy. She currently works at as an occupational therapist at On Lok Lifeways and helps older adults age in place. She also works as an instructor at the REACH Program in Palo Alto where she leads groups of students who have had strokes and other acquired brain injuries in exercises and living skills/leisure activities. Lecturer Koketsu’s 13 years of experience at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, burn rehabilitation and outpatient hand therapy was fertile ground to develop skills as an OT to help people to meet their occupational needs after illness and disability. Acting as a fieldwork supervisor to many students throughout her career, and as a lecturer in the Department of OT since 2008, she enjoys training and mentoring new OT graduates and students. Through her experiences in the field, she recognizes the privilege that OTs have to make a positive impact. Because of this, she is passionate about teaching future occupational therapists to provide skilled and compassionate care. Most recently, Lecturer Koketsu co-authored and revised the Activities of Daily Living chapter and wrote a chapter on the Occupation of Sleep and Rest in the newest edition of Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction.

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Anne MacRae

Dr. MacRae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA, received her PhD in Human Science at Saybrook Graduate School, her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Antioch College. Her primary clinical experience is in the area of mental health and she holdsthe advanced practice board certification in mental health from AOTA. Dr. MacRae is also the recipient of multiple Fulbright Fellowships and has an extensive background in cross-cultural and international consultation. She is currently a full professor in the Occupational Therapy program at SJSU and a consultant/practitioner for a Northern California behavioral health service. Past positions included coordinator of the SJSU post-professional (distance) program and international advisor. Dr MacRae also supervised the SJSU psychosocial occupational therapy clinic for 20 years.

Her current research, scholarly and practice interests include cultural diversity, occupational justice, phenomenology, all aspects of education,recovery and wellness models, environmental and contextual issues inintervention, collaborative models of treatment, community practice, and functional deficits of psychiatric symptoms.

Dr. MacRae has recently completed the third edition of the co-authored textbook, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice.

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Rochelle McLaughlin

Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L, earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from SJSU. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy (MBOT) for the Occupational Therapy Department at SJSU. Rochelle has completed professional training in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as through the Stress Reduction Clinic at El Camino Hospital. Rochelle has completed advanced studies in Humanistic Psychology and is a certified yoga instructor. 

Rochelle's clinical specialties are in the areas of chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cognitive impairment, as well as mental and emotional psychophysiology. She has many years of experience working with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in a variety of settings. She worked for Stanford Hospital's community fall prevention program called Farewell to Falls where she developed a Mindfulness in Fall Prevention component to the program. She also developed MBOT curriculum for the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos. She has taught MBSR/MBOT for Samaritan Cancer Foundation's new Cancer Care Point Program. You can watch an introductory video on mindfulness and MBOT with Rochelle by clicking on this video link. Rochelle is conducting ongoing research in regards to the efficacy of mindfulness practices and the implications of these practices on psychophysiology and well-being. She is a co-author of the Psychosocial Adjustment to Disability chapter in Umphred's latest edition of the Neurological Rehabilitation textbook and she is currently working on a Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy Chapter for Pedretti's Physical Disabilities Textbook.

Rochelle is a certified Gut and Psychology and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioner and she works with families privately. To learn more about Rochelle's work, click on the link to visit Rochelle's website.

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Heidi McHugh Pendleton

Professor Heidi Pendleton received a B.A. degree in English/Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her certificate in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. She completed a Master's degree in occupational therapy, and a PhD degree in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California. Her clinical experience is in physical dysfunction; eight years at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (most recently as a clinical instructor) and seven years as co-director of Project Threshold (a community-based program on environmental accessibility).

Her research interests include independent living skills, friendship and its relation to occupation, women with disability who are aging, leisure skills with persons who have spinal cord injury, needlework and women's hobbies as occupations, and wrist-driven flexor hinge hand splints. In addition to teaching at San Jose State University (SJSU), she has been employed at Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. She has served as the alternate delegate from Northern California to the Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Pendleton was honored to be named as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is a 2000-01 SJSU Teacher Scholar. For the past 12 years she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy serving as Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Board. Dr. Pendleton received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California in Sacramento.

Dr. Pendleton completed her 4 year term as the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department and returned to full time teaching Fall 2012. She is currently serving her 3rd two year term as Chair of the University Accommodations Review Board at San Jose State University.

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Winifred Schultz-Krohn

Professor Schultz-Krohn, Ph.D, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, FAOTA, has over 30 years of experience working with children. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association and is certified in Swallowing by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. She served on the Pediatric Panel of AOTA for Board Certification in Pediatrics for several years and currently is the Chair of the AOTA Commission of Continuing Competence and Professional Development. Wynn has also served as a member of the ASPIIRE (Association of Service Providers Implementing IDEA Reforms) Cadre of AOTA disseminating information about revisions to the federal law related to early intervention and school based practice: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Wynn is a professor of occupational therapy at San Jose State University where she teaches courses in pediatrics, neuro-rehabilitation, and research methods. Dr. Schultz-Krohn’s scholarly interests include pediatric occupational therapy with expertise in early intervention, school-based practice, family centered intervention, the needs of children and families in homeless shelters, feeding problems, and neurological rehabilitation. She was selected to be a member of the Teacher-Scholar SJSU group in 2003-2004. She continues to practice in pediatric occupational therapy on a part-time basis at a non-profit clinic and for the past 15 years she has provided pro bono services at a family homeless shelter. Her donation of professional services was recognized in the Fall of 2011 and she was awarded a regional Jefferson Award for her volunteer efforts in supporting the families of the most vulnerable in our community.

Dr. Schultz-Krohn was recognized by her peers and was the Honored Lecturer for the California Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2012. She was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of San Jose State University for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. She is the co-editor of the 6th and 7th Edition of Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction textbook in addition to authoring well over 20 articles and chapters. Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn serves on the editorial board of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research and the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention and Schools. She is also serving as Chair of the American Occupational Therapy Commission of Continuing Competence and Professional Development. The AOTA represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy, while striving to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. The organization represents 50,000 members.

Dr. Schiultz-Krohn is the Interim Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and as such is responsible for all administrative and personnel issues concerning the faculty and students of this department. These include: hiring and supervision of faculty, budget, department resource allocation, scheduling, and supervision of staff, and is the representative of this department on various College and University committees. She serves as our liaison to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in matters of accreditation, certification of students, and compliance with Standards.

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Jerilyn (Gigi) Smith

Assistant Professor Smith, PhD, OTR/L, SWC, has special advanced education and training in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders which is one among many areas of expertise that she brings to her position in this department. She graduated with her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She also adds to her distinction as being among the first graduating cohort of the Distance Master's program at SJSU. She was named the 2006 Graduate of the Last Decade for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.  Dr. Smith recently completed her PhD at Trident University.  Her research was in the area of autism, sensory processing and feeding and eating behaviors.  Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored chapters in Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction and Cara & Macrae's Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on dysphagia and the role of occupational therapy in treating swallowing disorders. Dr. Smith is the Co-Chair of the Student Leadership Committee for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), and was recently appointed to the Commission on Practice for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She also serves the department as the Undergraduate Coordinator/Advisor and is the Student OT Association (SOTA) Advisor

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Patricia Steffen-Sanchez

Pat Sanchez, MS, OTR/L, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (1977) and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Education and Administration (San Jose State University 1982). She is the founder and director of a large pediatric private practice located on the central coast of California. This private practice was begun in 1983 and the team approach (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy) was adopted in 1987. Pat has obtained advanced certifications in the neurobehavioral models of sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment and dysphagia/swallowing. Pat has taught a multitude of pediatric courses on a local and national level on subjects such as sensory integration, perceptual motor games, visual-motor integration and feeding/oral motor dysfunction. She has been on the temporary faculty for both the Occupational Therapy and Special Education Departments at San Jose State University since 1990.

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Savitha Sundar

Savitha Sundar MS OTR/L came to the United States in 2001 to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University with focus on pediatrics and school based practice. She grew up in Chennai, India where she completed her under graduation in Occupational Therapy from MGR Medical University. Savitha has practiced  OT in multiple settings including mental health (half way home for women recovering from mental illness), hand therapy, outpatient pediatrics, acute and inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and school based practice in several states across the country. Most of her career she has worked in pediatrics in the school system at Santa Clara County Office Of Education with children with moderate to severe disabilities and has mentored several fieldwork students in the process. Savitha is also certified in Ayers Sensory Integration and is working towards board certification in Pediatrics. She actively practices implementing the MOVE (Movement Opportunity Via Education) curriculum in the classrooms she works at. Savitha discovered her passion and calling for teaching when she was offered the opportunity to teach an online course to students pursuing their masters in Occupational Therapy in the Philippines. She also got to present at a conference on Sensory Integration and School based practice in Lyceum University, Manila and The University of the Visayas in Cebu. Savitha thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with people and giving the help and support that budding Occupational Therapists need to discover the joy in their careers. Savitha is also a founding partner of “Kulture of Kindness”, a pioneering emotional wellness program whose focus is to facilitate Compassion and Kindness in the workplace through proven techniques and the use of a powerful app.

Savitha lives in Fremont, smothered in love by her doggy named Gilbert, two loving children and a super hero husband. With time, she is more and more convinced that OT is the best profession in the world!!!

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Graham Teaford

Lecturer Teaford, MS, OTR/L, joined the faculty in Fall 2008. He earned his BS degree in Occupational Therapy here at San Jose State University and his MS degree in Occupational Therapy through our Post Professional Program. He has taught courses on neuro-rehabilitation, occupational therapy with older adults, clinical practice in occupational therapy, cultural diversity and infusing occupation in clinical practice. His research interests include neurological assessment and intervention, fall prevention for older adults, aging in place, and community based occupational therapy programs. He currently is employed at On Lok Lifeways, a program serving community based older adults who are eligible for skilled nursing placement.

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

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Gordon Burton

Professor Burton, Ph.D., OTR/L, Emeritus Professor, retired from the Occupational TherapyDepartment as Chair in July, 2004. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University all in New York State. Dr. Burton worked manyyears in a variety of clinical settings with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Some of the chapters the has written are in Pedretti's, Occupational Therapy Practice Skills for PhysicalDisabilities, and Early's, Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. He is currently a section editor and contributor for the 6th edition of Umphred's textbook on Neurological Rehabilitation, and is also updating a chapter in a textbook for Physical Therapy assistants. Dr. Burton has published and presented papers related to physical disabilities locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Burton is enjoying retirement, his children and grandchildren, travel, and a calmer lifestyle.

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Amy Killingsworth

Professor Killingsworth, MA, OTR/L, Emeritus Professor, is from New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at New York University. She came to California shortly after completing her studies. Her area of clinical expertise is physical dysfunction. She has worked at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and a variety of long term care and skilled nursing facilities. She also has served as a consultant with several insurance companies on workman's compensation issues. Professor Killingsworth holds a Master' of Arts degree in Education with special emphasis on interpersonal relationships from San Francisco State University. Her research Interests include diversity in education, kinesiology, work hardening, job analysis, and ergonomics. She was honored by the Occupational Therapy Association of California with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

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Lela A. Williams Llorens

Dr. Lela Llorens, Emeritus Professor, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University; a Master of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University; and a Certificate in Gerontology from San Jose State University.

Dr. Llorens’ professional career has covered over fifty years. Her positions have included experience as a clinician, researcher, writer, editor, consultant, teacher, and administrator. In addition to the Professor Emerita assignation by San Jose State, Dr. Llorens is a Core Faculty Emerita of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Academic positions held by Dr. Llorens include Professor, Chair and Graduate Coordinator in the Departments of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State and the University of Florida and Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California. For three years prior to retirement from San Jose State, Dr. Llorens served as Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Llorens’ clinical practice experience includes Consultant on the Comprehensive Child Care Project in San Francisco, Head of Occupational Therapy at the Lafayette Clinic in Detroit which included teaching at Wayne State University, staff therapist at Northville State and Wayne County General Hospitals in Michigan. She holds a seat on the Editorial Board of the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal.

Dr. Llorens has contributed extensively to the published literature in Occupational Therapy; also in Allied Health and Gerontology. Her work spans the life cycle. The most enduring work emanated from her Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, “Facilitating Growth and Development: The Promise of Occupational Therapy”. This work has been expanded and published in a book by Dr. Lynne La Corte entitled, New and ExpandedNeuropsychosocial Concepts Complementary to Llorens’ Developmental Theory. Dr. Llorens’ work on occupational adaptation significantly influenced the development of the Occupational Therapy doctoral degree program at Texas Woman’s University. The Blagg-Huey Library at Texas Woman’s University is also the Archival Depository for her professional papers and personal artifacts.

Dr. Llorens’ service to the profession includes numerous professional presentations and consultations as faculty, workshop presenter, visiting/distinguished lecturer, visiting scientist, keynote speaker, discussant, moderator, and/or facilitator. She served as Project Director and/or Evaluator on several Rehabilitation, Health and Human Services, and Administration on Aging grants. In addition, she served on 8 doctoral and 125 master’s degree committees for students in occupational therapy and allied health fields. In retirement, Dr. Llorens has continued to mentor younger colleagues.

Dr. Llorens has received numerous honors. Occupational Therapy awards include: the Award of Merit, the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, and the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the Certificate of Appreciation, the A. Jean Ayres Award, the AOTF Meritorious Service Award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the AOTF Lela Llorens Fellowship Endowment; The California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Lectureship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California; the Wilma West Lectureship from the University of Southern California, Department of Occupational Therapy; the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Lectureship from Texas Woman’s University; the Sadie Philcox Lectureship, University of Queensland, Department of Occupational Therapy, Brisbane, Australia; and the AOTA and AOTF President’s Commendation in honor of Wilma L. West.

The University Of Texas Medical Branch Occupational Therapy Class of 1976 was dedicated as the Lela A. Llorens Class in honor of “Outstanding Contributions to the Profession”. Dr. Llorens was inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon, the Occupational Therapy Honor Fraternity, as an honorary member at Wayne State University and honored by students at the University of Southern California with their chapter insignia, as well. She was inducted into Eta Rho Pi Health Professions Honor Society at the University of Florida and into Golden Key National and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternities at San Jose State Universisty. The Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) and the California Occupational Therapy Associations have awarded Honorary Lifetime Memberships to Dr. Llorens. The FOTA also created a Research Fund in her name. Community Awards include: Tribute to Women In Industry by the YWCA and San Jose Mercury News, San Jose; Woman of Distinction, Soroptomist International, Inc, Santa Clara Chapter, San Jose; Certificate of Merit, Michigan State Senate; Appreciation Award, Black Occupational Therapy Caucus, Detroit, Michigan; and Headliner Award, Women of Wayne Alumni, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; “Westsiders Icon”, Detroit, Michigan, and election to the Wall of Distinction by the Office of Minority Student Services at Western Michigan University.

Upon graduation from WMU, Dr. Llorens (Lela Williams) received the Marion R. Spear Award in Occupational Therapy. As an alumna, Dr. Llorens was honored by Western Michigan University with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 and the Western Michigan University Foundation has created the Lela Williams Llorens Scholarship which will be awarded through the Department of Occupational Therapy.

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Lorraine Williams Pedretti

Lorraine Williams Pedretti, Emeritus Professor, graduated from New York University with a B.S. in O.T. and from San Jose State College with an M.S. in O.T. She taught in the O.T. Program at San Jose State University from 1968 to 1994. Lorraine enjoyed several professional roles in her career in occupational therapy. She practiced on the east coast for 8 years. She earned her master's degree at San Jose State College and became interested in teaching. After more clinical work on the east coast, she returned to San Jose State to assume a teaching position. Prof. Pedretti spent 26 years as a teacher and mentor to students. During that time she authored and edited five editions of an occupational therapy textbook, and produced several instructional videotapes that changed the way clinical skills were taught. After her retirement Lorraine became involved in teaching English as a Second Language and taught in the San Jose area for several years. She credits her professional colleagues at SJSU for her success as a teacher. She says: "I have had a rich and rewarding career as a therapist, teacher, writer and editor." Emeritus Professor Pedretti was awarded Department of Occupational Therapy Alumni of the Year in 2004 and her highly esteemed textbook "Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction" is in its 7th Edition - continuing the tradition under the editorship of two San Jose State University OT faculty.

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Kathleen Barker Schwartz

Professor Schwartz, Ed.D., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., Emeritus Professor, came to San Jose from Massachusetts where she was on the faculty of Tufts University for seven years. Dr. Schwartz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University Sargent College, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. She has served as Chairperson of this department and as Chair of the Academic Senate of this University. Her occupational therapy experience includes physical rehabilitation, prevocational evaluation, clinical education and management. Research interests include the history of occupational therapy, clinical reasoning, education, and women in leadership. She is active in professional activities and has published numerous articles and has given many presentations related to the history of occupational therapy. She was named to the roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association and was the 2009 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecturer at the American Occupational Therapy Conference in Houston. She was named 2008 Honored Lecturer for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy and delivered her presentation in Ontario, CA. Emeritus Professor Schwartz is the Keynote Speaker for the 2011 Occupational Therapy Association of California Conference - October 14th in Sacramento, California. She retired from San Jose State University in June 2011.

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Karen Diasio Serrett

Karen Diasio Serrett, Ph.D, OTR, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor, retired in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and her doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Serrett initially practiced in psychiatric occupational therapy at Hillside Hospital in New York City, and after obtaining her Master’s degree, helped design the new Bachelor of Science degree at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. She next moved to a conjoint appointment at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Occupational Therapy, where she taught psychiatric occupational therapy at the graduate level, while concurrently educating practicum and fieldwork students at NYS Psychiatric Institute. At Psychiatric Institute, she mentored a large staff and students from various universities in occupational therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology as Director of Training in Rehabilitation.

She moved to California to become Graduate Coordinator at San Jose State University, where she redesigned the graduate course offerings and was instrumental in launching the coordinated Certificate/Masters degree program.  She was founding editor of the scholarly journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and edited a book, Historical and Philosophical Roots of Occupational Therapy. She has presented peer-reviewed papers and workshops at local, regional, national, and international levels, at conferences in occupational therapy, group psychotherapy, psychology, wellness in the workplace, systems science, and organizational development. She was awarded several research grants on a variety of topics, including two in management and leadership in occupational therapy, and one in the study of rites of passage, ritual, and ceremony as healing practices in three different groups: occupational therapists, other professionals, and shamans. She received a grant to offer “Bringing Leadership to your Roles” workshop for faculty and staff at SJSU. In organizational consulting, she has worked as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and communities. Her doctoral dissertation, Improving Quality of Thinking in Organizations, was published privately and received an international readership, and was presented in Monterrey, Mexico at an Organizational Development Congress.

She was selected as a Charter Member of Distinguished Alumni at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and awarded the Certificate of Merit from New York State Occupational Therapy Association. She was also selected a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for “application of systems theory to occupational therapy education, management, and practice.” She received an award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for contributions to occupational therapy education.

After retirement, she moved to Groveland, CA where she helped reestablish a community/senior center, served on 3 boards of directors, and obtained a $50,000 grant to launch the senior center after helping obtain space from the county. She also wrote a Community Visioning Document for the town as part of a community-wide improvement effort initially sponsored by Yosemite National Park. She served on a committee to improve healthcare services for Groveland and was instrumental in successfully preserving the local rehabilitation center owned by the County and scheduled for closure, through a community effort to find private ownership for the center. In 2009 she moved to Ashland, Oregon, where she enjoys hobbies including attending plays, concerts, OLLI classes, painting, being a whippet lover, singing in the Peace Choir, and enjoying time with her family.

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Marti Southam

Professor Southam, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor, retired from the Occupational Therapy Department and Chair position in August, 2008. She earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida, a M.A. in Education (Instructional Technology) at San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Science at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco. Dr. Southam served as the Northern California Representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association and has given years of service to the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Southam was selected as the 2006 Honored Lecturer for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy (CFOT). She has many years of experience in a variety of clinical settings with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Dr. Southam has published and presented papers related to humor, pain management and leisure occupations locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Southam is enjoying retirement, her grandchildren, continued volunteer work and a calmer lifestyle.