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. Keisa Boykin joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Occupational Therapy department in August 2017. Prior to joining the university, she worked as an occupational therapist in the home health setting. She has also worked in academia as a program director and instructor. She has worked clinically as a rehab director in skilled nursing and home health settings. She is a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She formally served as a regional representative for the Florida OT Association.
Dr. Boykin volunteers regularly for Jack and Jill of America, Orlando Chapter Executive Board. She is a member of the National Association for Mental Illness, Orlando chapter. She is engaged in her community as a member and mentor. Dr. Boykin is engaged in research with an emphasis on the benefit of occupational therapy intervention with the mental health population.