Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship

Friday, February 8, 2019

T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave.
Dallas, TX 75235-7299


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Susan M. Cahill, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Back to Basics: Supporting the Mental Health of the iGeneration

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Many occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and parents view everyday technology as a means to enhance skill development and equalize the playing field for children and youth. Apps and other forms of technology often serve as the basis for intervention and many rely on the capacity of these new technologies to foster social participation and offset the demands associated with traditional classroom occupations and environments. Though technology has provided many affordances to generations in the past, the iGeneration is particularly at-risk for developing mental health concerns due to technology overuse and over-reliance.  More than their predecessors, the iGeneration is in need of occupation-focused interventions designed to support volitional development and effective habit use for living outside of the virtual context. Occupational therapy practitioners have the potential to contribute significant value to contemporary debates about technology use in schools and alter the perspectives that educators and parents hold about the importance of every day, real-world occupations in relation to children’s mental health.

Dr. Cahill has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for 20 years as a school-based clinician, administrator, educator, and investigator. She earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and a PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Cahill has worked in public school administration as a special education program supervisor and is currently the Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Program at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Dr. Cahill has been a Project Director and a Co-Project Director on two federally funded personnel preparation grants. Dr. Cahill’s research interests include the study of interventions and models of practice used to support the occupational performance of children who are at-risk for learning and mental health concerns at school.


The Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship was established in 1994 to honor the first program director of occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University, Fanny B. Vanderkooi. It celebrates the School of Occupational Therapy’s legacy of commitment to vision, professional values, and leadership development in occupational therapy education, practice and research. The event is typically attended by more than 250 occupational therapy professionals, inclusive of students. 

Founders - Vanderkooi Endowment

Roland & Virginia Chandler Dykes
George & Grace Gilkeson
Bonnie Strauss

Vanderkooi Advisory Committee

Regina Michael Campbell, Chairperson
Virginia Chandler Dykes
Lucy Aguirre-Kelley
Monica Bosman
Thomas Halka
Heather McBride
Belinda Williams
Cynthia Evetts
Noralyn Pickens
Adele Polk (Emeritus)
Bonnie Strauss (Emeritus)

Community Building Workshops Planning Committee

Marsha Neville, co-chair
Gail Poskey, co-chair
Noralyn Pickens
Shannon Levandowski
Vicki Mason
Monica Watford
Summer Oleson
Cindy Alexander

Previous Vanderkooi Lecturers

1993 Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR
1994 Charles Christiansen, Ed.D, OTR      
1995 Penny Kyler-Hutchinson, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
1996/97 Catherine Trombly, PhD, OTR
1998 Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR
1999 Beatriz Abreu, PhD, OTR
2000 Shereen Farber, PhD, OTR
2001 Linda Fazio, PhD, OTR
2002 Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR
2003 Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT/L
2004 Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2005 Jim Hinojosa, PhD
2006 Suzanne Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
2007 Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2008 Penelope Moyers, EdD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA
2009 Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD
2010 Barbara A. Boyt Schell, PhD, OT, FAOTA
2011 Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
2012 Florence A. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2013 Mary Law, PhD, MSc, BSc
2014 Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OT, FAOTA
2015 Susan Coppola, MS, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA 
2016 Barbara M. Doucet, PhD, LOTR
2017 Anne G. Fisher, ScD, OT, FAOTA
2018 Thomas F. Fisher, PhD, OT, CCM, FAOTA


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