Occupational Therapy

Distinguished Speaker Series

The John J. Bazyk Distinguished Speaker Day

In 1998, the Occupational Therapy Program faculty developed the OT Distinguished Speaker Day as a way to promote and celebrate our profession with our students, area clinicians, and university colleagues. Each year, we invite a leader in the field of occupational therapy or in the discipline of occupational science to spend time at CSU. This even has provided faculty, students and clinicians an opportunity to learn first-hand from nationally recognized scholars and innovators, and to interact with them on a personal level.

In 2000, the event was named in honor of John J. Bazyk, following his many years of leadership as the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program. Special thanks go out to Patrick Baker (OT ’97) for the initial funding as well as the idea to honor John Bazyk.

We have been honored to host this impressive list of leaders in the field of occupational therapy:


2019 Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Ensuring Health Literacy: A Critical Component of Occupational Therapy Intervention in the 21st Centry

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2018 Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Cutchins Programs for Children and Families
Northampton, MA
"Exploring OT's Distinct Value in Trauma informed Care"
2017 Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA


St. Catherine University
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Therapeutic Use of Self and the Power of Occupation: Dancing to the Beat of the Music"
2016 Susan Bazyk, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
  Clevleand State University
Cleveland, Ohio
"Occupational Therapy's Distinct Value in Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention Across the Lifespan"

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Virginia Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA
University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Addressing What Matters:  Using Motivational Interviewing in Occupational Therapy”
Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Columbia University
New York, New York
#A Fork in the Road:  An Occupational Hazard?”
2012 Ruth Zemke, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
“The Meaning of Occupation in Time and Place”
2011 Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA
University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Promoting Community Inclusion:  Access, Opportunity and Participation”
2010 Donna Downing, MS, OTR/L
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire
“Becoming a research Clinician:  My Journey”
2009 Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Rallying Optimism and Resilience:  Becoming a Practice-Scholar in Daily Practice”
2008 Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
“Joining Evidence and Clinical Expertise for Best Practice”
2007 Jeanne Jackson, PhD, OTR
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
“Occupational Therapy in Health and Wellness: Lifestyle Redesign®”
2006 Elizabeth Townsend, PhD, OT(C), Reg.N.S., FCAOT
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“How Does Occupational Justice Fit with Occupational Therapy Practice?”
2005 Doris Pierce, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky
“Designing for Creative Occupation-Based Practice”
2004 Loree Primeau, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
“Work and Play in Families”
2003 M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
“Fostering Participation for Older Adults:  A Global Issue-A Unified Approach”
2002 Karen Jacobs, EdD, CPE, OTR/L, FAOTA
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts"
Violence Prevention in the Schools”
2001 Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR(C), FAOTA
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
“The Dimensions of Chronic Disease and Well-Being”
2000 Mary Law, PhD, OT(C)
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
“The Cornerstones of Occupational Therapy:  Partnership and Evidence”
1999 Suzanne Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
“Reclaiming the Affective Dimension of Practice”
1998 Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L
CSU OT ‘87
University of Illinois 
Chicago, Illinois
“Domestic Violence and Occupational Therapy:  Implications for Practice”
John Bazyk, Glen Gillen (2014 Distinguished Speaker), Glenn Goodman


MOT Faculty with 2015 Speaker and AOTA President, Ginny Stoffel