UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine Faculty Member Receives International Recognition

Susan Coppola, Clinical Associate Professor in Division of Occupational Science in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) membership to serve a four year term as the USA Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine Faculty Member Receives International Recognition click to enlarge Susan Coppola

Professor Coppola was officially bestowed with the honor on April 1, 2010 by Gloria Lucker who is Chairperson of the AOTA’s Nominating Committee.

“My decision to seek the position of AOTA Delegate to the WFOT was inspired by interest in international health, and the learning that can take place through cross-cultural exchanges.  Recently I had the opportunity to work in Thailand on inclusive tourism in the post-tsunami region. This opportunity built connections with international leaders in OT and disability rights.” said Coppola.  “Collaborations in Denmark several years ago led to a National Institutes on Aging funded research grant on Preventive Home Visits for older adults in North Carolina.”

The WFOT is the official international organization that represents and promotes occupational therapy. Founded in 1952, WFOT currently has over 50 member associations including the AOTA.  As the WFOT Delegate, Professor Coppola will work closely with her international colleagues to advance occupational therapy research, education, and practice to better serve the needs of individuals and communities.

The Division of Occupational Science is one of seven divisions of the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The division administers a Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy as well as a PhD in Occupational Science, and conducts multiple research, clinical and service projects through our faculty collaborations.   UNC-Chapel Hill’s Division of Occupational Science is ranked 5th out of 81 Master’s in occupational science programs by U.S. News & World Report. 



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