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. Foy joined the University of Saint Augustine in January, 2020, in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program. Dr. Foy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1985 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She completed her Master’s degree in Communication Science & Disorders in 1989 from the University of Vermont. In 2019, she earned her PhD in Disability Studies and Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Foy’s experience includes practicing in Vermont and in Canada for over 20 years as a speech-language pathologist and teaching speech-language courses at the college level in Canada. Dr. Foy has served both pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals and in private practice. Dr. Foy has worked in higher education both as faculty and as the coordinator of accessibility services supporting students with speech-language/learning and communication challenges.
Dr. Foy’s areas of interest include child language development, speech sound disorders, school-based language and literary services, augmentative/alternative communication, a sense of belonging as integral to inclusion for individuals with communication disorders, higher education teaching and learning, and interprofessional education. Trish most recently has worked in Canada and is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for Canada’s national speech-language association, Speech-Audiology Canada.