Briona Daugherty’s (MS-SLP ’22) speech-language pathology (SLP) path began on board a cruise ship. Daugherty graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatrical performance. She studied opera and musical theater, originally wanting to be a touring singer for Broadway-style shows. After spending time as a professional singer in Las Vegas and New York City, she began a career performing on cruise ships, including five years in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. The longer she worked on cruise ships, the more she aided other vocalists in adjusting to life onboard. This included helping entertainment employees maintain their voices for more than two hours a night in a 2,000-seat theater. After witnessing Read more
The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of St. Augustine was very pleased to present a gift of $25,000 to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. The donation was given in support of intervention research as outlined in the AOTA/AOTF Occupational Therapy Research Agenda (2010). Specifically, the University is interested in supporting research intended to evaluate the efficacy of occupational therapy interventions in controlled conditions.
Dr. Stanley Paris, Founding President, believes that universities like ours that are focused primarily on teaching clinical skills have a responsibility to also support research. Donations such as this are evidence of the University’s commitment to support the professions offered through USA’s educational programs.
Dr. Charles Christiansen, President of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, stated that he was interested in dialoging with the faculty of the Occupational Therapy program before decisions were made concerning allocation of these greatly appreciated funds. He suggested that post-doctoral fellowships could be an avenue to explore in regards to supporting evidenced based research. Way to go OTs!