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Student Receives State Award

Lynsay Whelan, a student at Duquesne University, has received the 2006 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Student of the Year Award.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association presents the award to one occupational therapy student in the state who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in academic or clinical performance and exceptional ability to use activities as a way to promote occupational therapy. The award is designed as an incentive for occupational therapy students to contribute to the profession, beginning at the student level.

An assistant to Dr. Patricia Crist, OTR, FAOTA, chair of the occupational therapy department at Duquesne, Whelan served as the primary investigator for a study that looked at the effects of cancer treatment on occupational functioning and the quality of daily life. She also was a co-investigator for a study analyzing interventions used by entry-level occupational therapists.

Whelan recently completed officer training for the U.S. Army and was awarded a prestigious internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne with a B.S. in occupational therapy and a minor in special education and will receive her M.S. in occupational therapy this December.

“They are surprised at the state level that this much can be accomplished as a student,” Crist said. “Lynsay is not afraid to get involved in creating an opportunity or take a risk by going above and beyond what is simply required. She has done exceptional work to become a leading-practice scholar.”

Whelan is the daughter of Pamela D. Whelan of Geneva, Ohio, and the late Robert E. Whelan Jr.

This is the second consecutive year that the award was presented to a Duquesne University occupational therapy student.

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