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"


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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"


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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”


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Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA


Columbia University

New York, New York

#A Fork in the Road:  An Occupational Hazard?”


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2012 Ruth Zemke, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

“The Meaning of Occupation in Time and Place”


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2011 Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA

University of the Sciences

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Promoting Community Inclusion:  Access, Opportunity and Participation”


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2010 Donna Downing, MS, OTR/L

University of New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire

“Becoming a research Clinician:  My Journey”


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2009 Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Rallying Optimism and Resilience:  Becoming a Practice-Scholar in Daily Practice”


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2008 Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

“Joining Evidence and Clinical Expertise for Best Practice”


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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?”


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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