8th Occupational Science Scholar Carolyn M. Baum Presents Feb. 13

Jan 29, 2015
Brenau Staff
Carolyn M. Baum PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Carolyn M. Baum Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Carolyn Baum presents Occupational Performance Issues in Stroke: Linking the Brain to Everyday Life on Friday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 pm in the Thurmond McRae auditorium on the Gainesville historic campus. This is the eighth Annual Occupational Science Scholar Series by the School of Occupational Therapy. The program is offered free and open to the public. A reception will be held following the presentation in the adjoining Brenau Trustee Library.

In Occupational Performance Issues in Stroke: Linking the Brain to Everyday Life, Dr. Baum examines how what we do in everyday life is critical to recover from neurological injury, particularly stroke. Occupational therapy as a rehabilitation profession helps people to engage in daily activities and she particularly examines the role of executive function in the recovery process. Dr. Baum works with an interdisciplinary initiative which has for the last 15 years followed over 15,000 people with strokes to characterize their daily life and service needs. What has emerged is the important role that occupational therapists play in supporting action and doing.

Dr. Baum is currently a leader in an international initiative (USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, Israel and Europe) funded by the J. S. McDonnell Foundation that includes 70 basic, neuro, social and occupational scientists’ whose goal is to understand how to best help each individual realize his or her full potential for getting better and living well after stroke. This initiative strengthens our understanding of how neuroscience principles can inform rehabilitation science and concurrently understand how rehabilitation contributes to our understanding of the brain’s structure and function—a question first posed in our profession by Adolph Meyer in his seminal paper on The Theory of Occupation in 1922.