Chatham University

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Lape, OTD, OTR/L

Jennifer Lape,

jlape@chatham.edu
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Mt. Pleasant, PA
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

Evidence-based practice, Gerontology, Administration and Management of Rehab Services, Teambuilding and Inter-professional Collaboration

Personal Areas of Interest

Baking, reading, mountain biking, travelling, taking piano lessons, and camping.

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Biography

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and both her Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including pediatrics (home and school-based), acute care, home health, and skilled nursing, with the majority of her practice in geriatrics in the roles of clinician, clinical consultant, and manager of rehab services. Jennifer's primary areas of interest include sensory processing and the use of multisensory environments to increase quality of life for clients with dementia, evidence-based practice, and strategies to improve collaboration among multidisciplinary rehab teams. She has presented at state and national conferences on a variety of topics and recently co-authored the text, Research for the Health Professional, which was designed to be a practical guide for research and evidence-based practice for a variety of healthcare students and professionals. Jennifer also enjoys playing the piano, baking, reading, and getting away with her husband and her beagle, Chloe, to their cabin in the woods when she gets the chance.

Education

  • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Chatham Universtiy, 2008
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Chatham University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1997

Publications

  • Hissong, A.N., Lape, J.E., & Bailey, D.M. (2015). Research for the health professional (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis.
  • Lape, J.E. (2009, May 25). Using a multisensory environment to decrease negative behaviors in clients with dementia, OT Practice, 9-13.

Certifications

Awards

  • Faculty Technology Fellowship, Chatham University, Awarded June 2015

Organizations

Presentations

  • Lape, J., Kelder, S., Kardachi, J., DeAngelis, T., Mollo, K., & Kornblau, B. (2016, April 10). EDSIS: Handling Student Issues, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lape, J., Lukose, A., Mitchell, D., & Yoneda, J. (2016, April 8). Use of the KAWA Model to Increase Interprofessional Collaboration & Quality Care. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lape, J., & Provident, I. (2016, April 7). Demonstrating Impact of OT: Aligning Evidence-Based Projects with the Triple Aim of Healthcare & the Centennial Vision, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lape, J., Ionadi, C., Lukose, A., Mitchell, D., & Yoneda, J. (2015, October 24). Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Kawa: Effect on Client Care, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Scranton, PA.
  • Benevides, T., Lorch, A., Mollo, K., Gorenberg, M, & Lape, J. (2015, April). (SIS) EDSIS Annual Program: Capturing outcomes—Strategies for everday practice in academic and clinical environments. . Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Hissong, A., & Lape, J. (2014, October). Deconstructing the myths about research and evidence-based practice: The truth about the process. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, King of Prussia, PA.
  • Lape, J.E. (2014, June 17). Using the KAWA Model for teambuilding & managing staff stress & burnout, Professional Presentation, World-Japan KAWA Model International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Lape, J.E., & Scaife, B.D. (2011, April 15). Non-traditional applications of the KAWA Model, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lape, J.E. (2011, November 5). Snoezelen in dementia care. Professional presentation, Penn State Mont Alto 5th Annual Education Day, Mont Alto, PA.
  • Lape, J.E., & Scaife, B.D. (2010, October 22). Non-traditional applications of the KAWA Model, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 22, 2010.
  • Lape, J.E. (2010, April 30). Using a multisensory environment to decrease negative behaviors in clients with dementia, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Lape, J.E. (2009, October 30). Snoezelen in the SNF, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lape, J.E., Scaife, B.D., & Rodriguez, J. (2008, October 3). The Homeward Bound program, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, King of Prussia, PA.