Chatham University

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Faculty and Staff

Joyce Salls OTD, OTR/L

Joyce Salls

salls@chatham.edu
Associate Professor and Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
Hometown : New York
Joined Chatham : 1994

Academic Areas of Interest

Pediatrics, School-Based Therapy, Evidence-Based Practice

Personal Areas of Interest

Running, travelling, dance

Education

  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD), Rocky Mountain University, 2006
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1982
  • B.A. in Spanish, Binghamton University, 1977

Publications

  • Salls, J., Provident, I., & Dolhi C. (2012). Outcomes of an online post professional doctorate degree in occupational therapy. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 10(2).
  • Hawkins, S., Hertweck, M., Salls, J., Laird, J. & Goreczny, A.J. (2012). Assessing knowledge acquisition of students: Impact of introduction to the health professions course. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 10(1).
  • Schreiber, J., Benger, J., Salls, J., Marchetti, G., & Reed, L. (2011). Parent perspectives on rehabilitation services for their children with disabilities: A mixed methods approach. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 38(3), 293–301.
  • Benson, J., Salls, J., & Perry, C. (2010). A pilot study of teachers’ perceptions of two handwriting curricula: Handwriting without tears and the Peterson directed handwriting method. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 3:4, 319-330.
  • Salls, J., Dolhi, C., Silverman, L., & Hansen, M. (2009). The use of evidence-based practice by occupational therapists and membership in professional organizations: Is there a relationship? Occupational Therapy in Health Care.
  • Hunt, L., Salls, J., Dolhi, C., Goodwin, C. Kratz, D. & Martin, K. (2007, August 27). Putting the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework into Practice: Enlightening One Therapist at a Time. OT Practice
  • Van-Domberg-Scipio, A., Kisner, J.L., Vitello, A.V., Silverman, L. & Salls, J. (2005, July 25). The Craft is back at Angora Gardens. OT Practice, 20-22.
  • Salls, J. & Bucey, J. (2003, March 10). Self regulation strategies for middle school students. OT Practice, 11-16.
  • Salls, J. Silverman, L., & Gatty, C. (2002). The relationship of infant sleep and play positioning to motor milestone achievement. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 56, 577-580.
  • Contributing author: Chisholm, D., Dolhi, C. & Schreiber, J. (2004). Occupational Therapy Intervention Resource Manual. Delmar Learning
  • October, 2001: Co-author of two chapters in Guidelines for the provision of Occupational Therapy in Pennsylvania’s Public Schools: Position Statement of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association

Certifications

  • SIPT Certification: Certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests
  • Specialty Certification in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, March 1992. Recertified, March 1997, April 2002

Awards

  • POTA Academic Educator Award Recipient, 2003

Organizations

  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, CCAC Advisory Board

Achievements

  • Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti: Served as co-leader for an international fieldwork experience (1999, 2000)

Presentations

  • Finding our Niche in RtI: A Natural OT Fit, POTA Conference, Lancaster, PA, September 29, 2012
  • Finding our Niche in RtI: A Natural Fit for OT, AOTA Conference, San Diego CA, April 2013
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Pennsylvania: Strengthening Academic and Clinical Connections, AOTA Conference, Houston, Texas, April 25, 2009
  • Teachers’ Perceptions of Handwriting Curriculum, AOTA National Conference, Houston, Texas, April 25, 2009 (poster)
  • Student Reflections on the Post Professional OTD Experience, POTA Conference, Lancaster, PA, September 29, 2012
  • A Comparison of Handwriting Without Tears versus Peterson Directed Handwriting Curriculum: A Pilot Study. AOTA National Conference, Houston, Texas, April 24, 2009 (poster)
  • Outcomes of an Post Professional On-Line OTD Program, POTA State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 31, 2009
  • Response to Intervention: Expanding the Role of Occupational Therapy, POTA State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 31, 2009
  • Yoga for Children with Autism: A Collaborative Approach, POTA State Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 31, 2009
  • Outcomes of an Post Professional On-Line OTD Program, World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference, Santiago, Chile, May 5, 2010 (poster)
  • Perspectives on Outpatient Therapy Services: A Mixed Method Approach, POTA Conference, Scranton, PA, October 23, 2010 (poster)
  • Parent Perspectives on Outpatient Therapy Services: A Mixed Method Approach, AOTA Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2011 (poster)
  • Transformational Experiences of Post Professional OT Students, POTA Conference, Erie, PA, October 28, 2011
  • Project Helping Hands: Invited Workshop Presenter at the Instituto Departmental de Adapcion Infantil, La Paz, Bolivia. Topics – Sensory Integration, Autism, Feeding, July 21-Aug 1, 2006
  • Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) First School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy Institute: Self Regulation Strategies for Middle School Students: A Collaborative Approach, Harrisburg, PA, July 11, 2007
  • Linking O.T. in the Community with Assistive Technology. POTA State Conference, October, 2000, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Infant Motor Milestones and Sleep and Play Position: Is there a connection? POTA State Conference, October, 2000, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Evidence-based practice in schools: Making it easy! AOTA National Conference, April 21, 2007, St Louis, Missouri
  • Transcending Borders: Providing therapy services in Haiti. POTA State Conference, October, 2000, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Impact of Caregiver Education on Infant Prone Playtime. POTA State Conference, October, 2001, Harrisburg, PA
  • Infant Motor Milestones and Sleep Position: Is there a connection? AOTA National Conference, April, 2000, Seattle, WA
  • Sensory Regulation Strategies for Middle School Students: An Interdisciplinary Approach. POTA State Conference, October, 2002, Philadelphia, PA
  • Regulation Strategies for Middle School Students: An Interdisciplinary Approach. AOTA National Conference, May, 2002, Miami, FL
  • Show Me the Occupation. POTA Conference, October, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Prone Playtime: Is Video Education an Effective Training Tool? POTA Conference, October, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fine Motor Development in Young Children. Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, October, 2004, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Creating a Collaborative Spirit in School Based Practice. POTA State Conference, October, 2004, Harrisburg, PA
  • Fine Motor Development in Young Children. Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, October, 2005.
  • Evidence-based practice in schools: Making it easy! POTA State Conference, October, 2006
  • Review of Primary Research on Handwriting Intervention, POTA State Conference, October, 2007, Harrisburg, PA
  • Fostering a Spirit of Collaboration in School-Based Practice. AOTA National Conference, April 27, 2006, Charlotte, NC