Meet the OT4OT Team

Sarah Bodell
University of SalfordSchool of Health Sciences
Frederick Road
Salford M6 6PU  UKemail:
About me
I graduated as an occupational therapist from Liverpool in the UK in 1991. Since then I have worked in Mental Health, Palliative Care (my passion) and in education. Currently I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford, and have been involved in the development of an online MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy. This stimulated my interest in Web 2.0 applications, in particular the power of online social networking for personal and professional development. I am currently involved in a project with a UK NHS Trust which seeks to explore the use of online networking in relation to team-work and am also working with Angela Hook on the development and application of virtual reality tool in occupational therapy education.
I use Facebook (a lot), blogs (read and learn more than write), wikis (for all sorts of collaborations and planning), Skype (for student tutorials), Second Life (at the behest of my colleague), Google docs (loving these), wiziq (for open access webcasts), and Elluminate (for teaching).
Susan Burwash
Digital dossier:
Twitter: @subu_ot
About meI’ve been an occupational therapist since 1978, working as a clinician and educator in Canada and the US. I am currently completing my PhD. In January 2013, I will start as an OT faculty member at Eastern Washington University after teaching at UAlberta for the past 5 years. When not writing my dissertation I spend time in my studio working as a glass artist. I am often labelled as an early adopter/evangelist when it comes to technology. While teaching at University of British Columbia (1994 – 97), I developed online resources for students, traveled around the province teaching clinicians about the potential of the web, wrote a column (“Web Goddess”) for the Canadian OT Association practice magazine, tried out WebCT, and taught myself how to design web-sites. With help from OT friends, I lobbied for the development of an OT newsgroup. While teaching in Texas, I became familiar with distance learning using interactive TV to connect 3 campuses. During a break from working as an OT, I spent 4 years in the studio and much of my learning came from participating in online fora and newsgroups related to my artist/artisan interests. This experience fueled my interest in the concept of online communities of practice.Since resuming my OT career I have continued to be interested in using technology for teaching. I’ve become a big fan of wikis and also encourage students to use tools such as Google Drive, Google sites, WordPress, Twitter and Pinterest. I love my iPhone and hope at some point to have time to learn about developing apps. My blog speaks to my interests in art, design and occupational therapy. I spend far too much time on Twitter and Facebook, where I share information about OT and/or art.
Anita Hamiltonemail:
Twitter: @VirtualOT
About me
I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1989 at LaTrobe University, Melbourne and later did my Master’s in OT at the University of Queensland.  From July 2012 I will be teaching occupational therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. As an OT I have worked in the area of mental health, vocational rehab and in a private surgical hospital, mostly with older adults.  I became passionate about using online technology about 12 years ago and became more involved in using this technology when I started working at Deakin University in Australia.
I brought my passion and interest in online technology with me when I moved to the University of Alberta in 2007 where I met like-minded spirits Susan Burwash and Rashid Kashani.  While working there I completed four research projects using online technology.  One looked at students perceptions of using a wiki for group work collaboration, the other project looked at identifying safe ways to teach people with an acquired brain injury how to access the online world through blogs and Facebook.  The fourth project is looking at how to safely teach people with ABI to use Facebook to connect online.  I commenced PhD studies in September 2009 and I am looking at the role of online technologies for information management and knowledge transfer in occupational therapy education and practice, I aim to complete my PhD at the end of 2012.  I routinely use Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogger, WordPress, Google Reader, iGoogle, Google Docs, Slide share, Camtasia, Pinterest and wikis.  I have become a regular user of Twitter and find this especially useful to keep track of trending topics.
Angela Hook
University of SalfordSchool of Health Sciences
Frederick Road
Salford M6 6PU  UKemail:
Twitter: @AngelaDHSEEK profile:
About me
I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1983. My practice career has been within the field of Forensic Mental Health, moving into managing mental health occupational therapy services before entering the world of education in 2000. My interest in using technology as a tool to enhance learning and development has developed over this time.
The MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programme which is delivered totally online incorporating international aspects, negotiated assessments and principles of e-learning and virtual learning communities was developed by myself and Sarah Bodell and is in its 2nd year of successful delivery.
I use online tools to develop professionally and personally and am learning everyday from my networks. I am currently involved in developing a simulation environment in Second Life for students, which we are hoping to develop further.
I use Facebook, blogs, wikis, Skype, second life, Google docs, Wiziq, elluminate and podcasts.
Karen JacobsBoston University
Department of Occupational Therapy
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA  2215 USAemail:
Twitter: @karenjacobsot
About me
I am a clinical professor and the program director of distance education post-professional programs in occupational therapy at Boston University (BU), Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  I have worked at BU for 27 years. I teach courses on-campus and on-line such as Analysis & Adaptation of Occupation, Educational Theory & Practice, Health Care Management, and Ergonomics for Therapists. I am a faculty in residence and live on-campus at BU.  I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in occupational therapy at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
My research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, we examines the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among populations of university and middle school aged students, particularly in notebook computing and backpack use. I am also interested in tele-rehabilitation.I am also a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and the founding editor of the international journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation(IOS Press, The Netherlands).I enjoy technology and am an early adopter.
Merrolee Penman
Otago Polytechnic
School of Occupational Therapy
Dunedin, New Zealandemail:
Twitter: @merrolee
About me
Kia ora….   I am an occupational therapist, educator and researcher. I’ve taught in occupational therapy programmes in Australia, Scotland and I am currently working at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand.  I have been an early adopter of technology since my early days as an OT (1983) even taking night classes for a little while as I strongly believed that computers would one day be important for our profession.
My research interests are centered around learning, whether that be for children with disabilities attending their local schools, learning of undergraduate students, or that of my colleagues in practice.  As part of this I’ve researched the use of technology to support professional learning of both occupational therapists and educators, and in the last couple of years have actively worked to increase our profession’s understanding of the possibilities of social networking tools to support our professional development. I am enrolled in a educational doctorate programme exploring the extent to which  New Zealand occupational therapists are self-directed learners.
I have used blogging, twitter, most of the Google tools, wikis, social bookmarking, Facebook and LinkedIn to ‘meet’ and come to know the OT4OT group.