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Biography

Stuart has been an occupational therapy practitioner for 42 years, serving in the roles of clinician, team leader, OT Director, adjunct and fulltime academician. Her practice focus has included neurologic rehabilitation and dementia care…in inpatient rehabilitation, assisted living, and home health settings. Her current role is as a clinical assistant professor in Duquesne University’s Occupational Therapy Program, where she teaches students from their 3rd year through their doctoral levels. Her courses include OT Fundamentals, Human Groups and Occupations, coordination of community-engaged learning, leadership, and designing effective programs. Her scholarship agenda relates to the design, development, and outcomes measurement of community engagement and programming. She has been passionate about professional advocacy throughout her career, developing and maintaining strategies to optimize engagement of OT students and clinicians in legislative and grassroots efforts.

Education

  • OTD, Chatham University, 2010
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, 1980
  • B.S. Psychology, St. Lawrence University, 1975

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational participation and leadership
  • Community-engaged learning
  • Active student engagement
  • Inter and intra-professional collaborations

Honors/Awards

  • 2020: Outstanding Faculty Advisor for SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association)
  • 2019: Rangos Team Prize for Academic Innovation: Interdisciplinary Mental Health Roundtables
  • 2018: CLASS Community Hero Award
  • 2017: POTA Dr. Stephen L. Heater Award for Outstanding Achievement: Service to Professional Organization
  • 2012: POTA President's Award for Leadership Innovation
  • 1997: POTA Master Clinician Award

About

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in the value of multi-generational professional learning via interactive discovery, discussion, and reflection. Teaching strategies will apply theory and evidence to practice, issues, and professional development.

Primary Instructor-Current

OCCT 416 Fundamentals of Practice
OCCT 518 Humans, Groups, and Occupations
OCCT 562 MS Leadership
OCCT 574 Fieldwork Proposal

Teaching/Lab assistant-Current

OCCT 511 Clinical Reasoning and Fieldwork II
OCCT 522 Intervention Seminar
OCCT 525 Psychosocial Function & FW II
OCCT 545 Occupational Performance Perspectives
OCCT 635, 645, 655 Practice Scholar Capstone Projects I , II, III

Instructor-Past

OCCT 502 OT Overview
OCCT 512 Clinical Reasoning II
OCCT 548 Medical Conditions
OCCT 561 OT Administration
OCCT 630 Visionary Leadership in Practice and Education
OCCT 660 Transformative Leadership

Research Interests: 

  • Leadership volunteering in professional organizations
  • Multi-generational collaboration for professional development
  • Telehealth in caregiver support for dementia
  • Legislative advocacy by occupational therapists
  • Inter and Intra-professional collaborations for improved client outcomes

Academic Presentations

2019

Stuart, A. & Cook, A.Sparking Legislative Advocacy and Community Action in POTA Members: A Guided Discovery
Workshop, POTA Annual Conference, Valley Forge, PA, October 2019

Stuart, A. POTA: Dare to Lead
Workshop, POTA Annual Conference, Valley Forge, PA October 2019

Espiritu, E.,Stuart, A, et.al. Developing Professional Competence through Mentoring
Panel Moderator: Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section
AOTA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2019

Stuart,A., Cook, A., Mattila, A. & Blaskowitz, M. Community-Engaged Learning: Enriching Curricular Threads for Optimal Student Civic Awareness and Impact
Poster, AOTA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2019

Blaskowitz, M. & Stuart, A. Sparking Legislative Advocacy and Community Action in Generation Z Learners; A guided Discovery
Workshop, Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium, March 2019

2018

Stuart, A., Catalano, A., & Boring, E. Fostering Professional and Legislative Advocacy in Millenial Occupational Therapy Students
Poster, AOTA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT April 2018

2017

Olexsovich, A. and Stuart, A. Dementia Apps. Tech Day presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2017.

Cook, A. and Stuart, A. Inter-generational peer mentoring in academia: A success story. POTA District - II, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2017.

Stuart, A. Catalano, A., Boring, E. Fostering Professional and Legislative Advocacy in Millennial Occupational Therapy Students
Poster, POTA Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA, October 2017

Stuart, A., Cook, A., & Blaskowitz, M. Multigeneraltional Views in Academia: Generational Characteristics Aid in Transition from Clinic to Classroom and Contribute to Richness of Faculty
Poster, AOTA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA October 2017

2016

Scheid, A., Stuart, A., and Mallory, J. Use of Lethal Force by Police with Minority Populations. Interdisciplinary Faculty panel: Duquesne University Day for Learning and Speaking Out. Pittsburgh, PA. March, 2016.

Kane, A. and Stuart, A. Mental Health Apps. Tech day presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2016.

2015

Hobbs, M., Persch, A., Schwartz, J., & Stuart, A. Emerging Leaders Development Program. Panel presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, TN, April 2015.

2014

Stuart, A.E. Clinical Leadership in Occupational Therapy Today. Invited presenter to POTA District VII, Erie, PA, May 2014.

2013

Kern, S.B., Dolhi, C. D., Stuart, A., & Santalucia, S. Bridging the Leadership Gap: One State's Response. Panel presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2013.

2012

Stuart, A.E. The Art and Science of Clinical Leadership. Invited presenter to POTA District II, Pittsburgh, PA, December 2012.

Kern, S.B, Muhlenhaupt, M., Stuart, A.E. Leadership and the Strategic Plan. Panel presentation to the POTA Board, Lancaster, PA, October 2012.

Kern, SB, Stuart, A., Santalucia, S., Clancey, M., & O'Rourke, K. Pre-Conference Leadership Development Workshop for New Grads & Soon-to-be Grad. POTA Conference. Lancaster, PA, September 2012

2011

Stuart, A.E. Leadership Styles. Invited presenter to POTA District II, Pittsburgh, PA, December 2011.

Dolhi, C., Kern, S.B. and Stuart, A.E. Generational Leadership. Panel presentation to the POTA Board, Erie, PA, October 2011.

Dubuar, N. and Stuart, A.E. Dementia. Presenter at POTA conference, Erie, PA, October 2011.

Provident, I. and Stuart, A.E. Mentoring of Clinician to Faculty Role. Presenter at POTA conference, Erie, PA, October 2011.

Stuart, A.E. NDT: The Basics, and More. Lecture and lab presented to POTA District II Mini-Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2011.

2010

Stuart, A.E. Personality Styles of Leadership. Presentation to POTA Board, Scranton, PA, October, 2010.

Glover, S., Herc T.A., and Stuart, A.E. Collegial Mentoring for Professional Development. Presentation to POTA conference, Scranton, PA, October 2010.

Stuart, A.E. Use of an Online Leadership Training to Promote Volunteering. Capstone Poster presentation to POTA conference, Scranton, PA, October 2010.