Alumni

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University is thrilled to follow the work of our alums.

Our outstanding alumni

Elizabeth Skidmore is an occupational therapist, and associate professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Clinical Science Translational Institute, and serves as a Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Skidmore has received several awards for excellence in teaching and research. Most recently, she was the first rehabilitation therapist to receive the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on early career scientists. Dr. Skidmore will be honored at the 2016 homecoming event as a distinguished alumna.

Frank Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, CMP, CAE is the director of conferences for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Gainer served in the United States Army Reserves prior to retirement, acquiring the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 2290th US Army Hospital. He provided patient care services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as occupational therapy officer in charge of rehabilitation services. He is the first occupational therapist in the United States to hold dual credentials as a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Association Executive AE and CMP credentials. Gainer was honored at the 2015 homecoming event as a distinguished alumnus.

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Alumni in the news

Professor emerita receives 2016 Outstanding Alumni award
Sandra Edwards, professor emeritus in occupational therapy, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Alumna by the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumni as decided by the faculty in the OT school.

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