At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Ashley Bourque Meaux joined the MS-SLP leadership team as the Assistant Program Director and an Associate Professor for the MS-SLP program on the Dallas, TX campus.
Dr. Meaux earned four degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2004, Dr. Meaux completed two bachelor’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and English (Linguistics). She completed her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008. In 2013, she earned her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis in Child Language Acquisition and Literacy Development.
Dr. Meaux has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2008 as an early intervention provider and school-based clinician. Her research interests are in language and literacy development as they are supported by caregiver (e.g., parent, teacher) interaction. Additionally, she believes interprofessional collaborative practice is an essential component to positive outcomes when working with children and their caregivers. Dr. Meaux has numerous presentations at the local, state and national level, and serves on the editorial board for Language, Speech, Hearing Services in Schools.