Patricia Burtner Ph.D., OTR.L, FAOTA associate professor, of the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program in the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics was recently awarded an $800,000 4-year grant to prepare UNM occupational therapy graduate students for rural New Mexico school system practice.

Project ESCUELA: Educating Students for Cultural Understanding, Evidence-Based Practice, Leadership, and Advocacy" is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs as a Personnel Preparation Grant for Minority Institutions in Higher Education and provides support to educate all UNM occupational therapy graduate students in cultural competency, specific to rural New Mexico.

The grant also provides financial support and specialized training in school system practice for 25 occupational therapy graduate students who will complete fieldwork experiences in rural New Mexico. Co-Principal investigators on the grant are Keri Scott MS, OT/L, Neuromotor Liaison for Albuquerque Public Schools and Terry Crowe Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program. 

For more information about this grant call or email Theresa Torres at (505) 272-1753 tatorres@salud.unm.edu.  Prospective students should contact Mary Thomas methomas@salud.unm.edu .


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322