Eastern Michigan University

Lyla Spelbring Lectureship News and History

Keynote Speakers

Betty Risteen Hasselkus

Betty Risteen Hasselkus

2014:  Betty Risteen Hasselkus, Ph.D., OTR, "Everyday Occupation:  The Heart of Research and Practice." 

Abstract: Everyday occupation is increasingly being recognized as worthy of close attention, complex in its meanings, and of personal and social value in our own and our clients' lives. At the same time, occupational therapy and occupational science trends in the past decade have led to 1) enriched theories of occupation, 2) greater emphasis on globalization in the profession, 3) a gradual shift in our research, education and practice away from an almost exclusive focus on individuals to a more inclusive focus on family groups, communities and social systems, and 4) newly developing occupational concepts within the profession such as occupational deprivation and occupational injustice. Using examples from her own research and practice, Dr. Hasselkus will probe into the meanings of these four trends and their potential to generate research ideas and new understandings of occupation and our work in the world of health care and well-being.


uzanne Peloquin

Suzanne Peloquin

2013:  Dr. Suzanne Peloquin, "The Occupational Therapy Genius: Affirmations of Our Transcendent Ethos."

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 313 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.4096