|The first twenty years of my professional career were spent
working across the lifespan with the developmentally disabled population. This work began
in the community in developmental centers and working in homes with families and their
young children. It ended with a ten year stint at Maine's only institution for individuals
with developmental disabilities where I was the director of the occupational therapy
department, coordinated an aging retirement program and was a member of the Executive
A graduate degree in adult education with a minor in educational gerontology allowed the pursuit of more information about adults. A traineeship with the Harvard Geriatric Education Center at the Kennedy Aging Centrer promoted my interest of aging in individuals with mental retardtion. Six months after receiving this degree, I jointed the OT faculty at the University of New England. I was the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator until September 1994.
Additional relevant information includes four years as President of the Maine OT Association, during which time licensure was attained, and a number of publication on Older Adults, Older Worker, and Women in Work, plus co-editorship of an issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on "Feminism: An Inclusive Perspective."
Primary areas of instruction are in aging, including death and dying,
management, documentation, group process, and sexuality.