NEWS RELEASE

October 14, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the UNM School of Medicine recently had a faculty member rejoin the program after working on a research project abroad and another faculty member elected to an interdisciplinary board.

Dr. Patricia Burtner, Ph.D., OTR/L was recently elected to the Board of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), an interdisciplinary professional association focusing on children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Burtner will serve a three-year term and make significant contributions to this interdisciplinary organization focused on fostering medical professional education, research, and interest in the understanding and the care of individuals with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. She has been a member of the AACPDM since 1992 and has served on the Family Advocacy Committee (1994 95) and the Publications Committee (1995 2002), Nominating Committee (2005), the Program Planning Committee (2005) and Membership Committee (2002-present) serving as Chair for this committee in 2006.

Dr. Betsy VanLeit, Ph.D., OTR/L returns as a faculty member of the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program after working on a year-long, community-based research project in Cambodia that involved causes of childhood disability and strategies to prevent or minimize development of disability in young children.