The faculty and staff members for the Occupational Therapy Department are listed below.
Pedro Ashford is one of two Academic Fieldwork Coordinators and a lecturer supporting courses in the areas of adult physical and cognitive impairments, activity analysis, and occupational therapy interventions for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Pedro has been a practicing rehabilitation therapist for the past 18 years with experience in various practice settings including acute and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day psychiatric program and home health services. His interests and expertise are in the areas of intrinsic motivation and occupational engagement, and physical conditioning as a method to optimize occupational performance. Mr. Ashford received his AAS in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1999, from Essex County College in Newark, NJ, BS in Occupational Therapy in 2005, from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA., and earned his MS degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in 2009 from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.
Dr. Susan Burwash has practiced both in mental health (with adolescents and adults; in inpatient and outpatient settings) and in vocational rehabilitation (return-to-work programs in Canada and Puyallup, WA). She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Texas Tech and University of Alberta. She has a strong interest in the use of online technologies for practice and professional development and is one of the founding members of OT4OT (Online Technologies for Occupational Therapy). Her research interests include using narrative inquiry to explore practice and to better understand our clients lived experience, the use of creative and expressive media in OT, and community engaged learning. Susan is also a practicing artist and teaches a jewelry class at a local homeless women's drop-in center. Her leisure interests include lampworking, jewelry design and fabrication, photography, walking, singing, camping, and staying current with online technologies.
Dr. Donna Mann has been a practicing occupational therapist for 30 years and brings diversity of experience to the program. A graduate of Loma Linda University, Donna moved to the Spokane area in 1981, where she has focused on adult rehabilitation, pediatrics and industrial rehabilitation. She was among the first group of occupational therapists to receive board certification in pediatrics from AOTA, completed NDT training in pediatrics, and has completed certifications in therapeutic listening, Group Lifestyle Balance Coach, CHIP, and functional capacity evaluator. Most recently she has focused on Lifestyle Medicine as an approach to health and wellness. As owner and operator of a pediatric private practice for 10 years, Donna has been active in many community agencies and programs. Accomplishments include presenting at local, regional and national levels, numerous grant awards, and development and establishment of new programs.
Diane Norell, a registered and licensed occupational therapist, is a senior lecturer in a half time appointment with the Occupational Therapy Department. As well, she is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator half time with a focus on Level II fieldwork. Diane has a master's in social work and was employed in the role of a Faculty Field Instructor and adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at EWU for 16 years. She previously worked as a Clinical Research Associate with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, WSU-Spokane for 10 years.
Diane received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota in Occupational Therapy in 1974 and a Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 1982. She has been a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for 15 years. Ms. Norell has worked in the field of mental health and chemical dependency as both a psychiatric social worker and occupational therapist for 40 years with 33 of those years in Washington State. Her special interest in the area of family psycho education has afforded opportunities in research, clinical supervision, consultation, and training regionally and nationally. She has been the senior clinical supervisor in four research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institutes of Disability Rehabilitation Research and the United States Department of Defense. She has co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter related to family psycho education with families and their members experiencing a chronic condition including mental illness, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, Ms. Norell teaches courses in group process, mental health, leadership and management; and fieldwork readiness.
Dr. Bobbie Snover teaches mainly the core sciences within the Department of Occupational Therapy. She will be teaching the courses on anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, assessment, and research during the first year of the Program in preparation for the theory and practicum classes. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for the past 20 years with experience in rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, school systems, autism, and sensory integration. Additionally, Dr. Snover served in the United States Air Force as an aerospace physiologist for 20 years with experience in instructional systems, human factors research and equipment design, and hyperbarics. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Colorado State University. Dr. Snover completed her doctorate of occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University in May 2010. Her research focus centers on evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
Ms. Lee Knous joined the Occupational Therapy department as Secretary Sr. in January 2016. Lee has been employed in the educational administrative support arena for over 20 years and brings with her a wealth of experience, including recent experience with EWU and WSU. She received her BA in Gender Studies from the University of La Verne in southern California in 2011. Lee's interests include genealogy research and scrapbooking. She is active in fellowship and outreach with Genesis church in Spokane Valley and 3rd Day Riders, a local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Lee is married to a retired high school science teacher and has two grown daughters, one of whom is a jewelry designer and the other an institutional research director and a published researcher in the psychological field.
Margarita Vera serves in a split position: 50% for Occupational Therapy and 50% for Physical Therapy.
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