School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Spotlight


Faculty Spotlights

Mark Blanchard, Associate Professor, presented a workshop on evidence-based occupational therapy interventions for person with Parkinson’s disease at the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association annual fall conference in Monroe.

Ingrid Franc, Associate Professor, presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in Orlando. She was part of Scientific Symposium, providing the results of a research project on the effects of LSVT-BIG intervention on the speed of completing common activities of daily living in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Both Alanna Glapion, Clinical Instructor, and Rebecca Callais, Clinical Instructor, will be presenting at the Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association annual spring conference in Baton Rouge in May. Rebecca will be giving a workshop on the occupational therapy approach to vestibular rehabilitation and Alanna will present a workshop on incorporating student accommodations into fieldwork education.


Alumni Spotlight

The MOT Class of 2025 selected Sally Richardson, LOTR, as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Sally graduated from the program in 2019 and has stood out in the OT community due to her expertise in neurorehabilitation and her advocacy for patients. In addition, she is a frequent guest lecturer, volunteering her time to give exciting and engaging lectures to our students. We are so proud to say that Sally Richardson is an alumnus of LSUHSC-New Orleans!



Dr. Mark Blanchard and Dr. Ingrid Franc published an article on the effectiveness of an educational video intervention for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis prior to power wheelchair evaluations in the Journal of Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration, co-authoring it with prior students Kelly Connelley, Emily Copeland, Quinn Malbrough, and Sara Pendleton.

Department Highlights

The MOT Class of 2025 held their White Coat Ceremony on March 15, celebrating their imminent transition from the academic portion of their learning to the clinical portion, as they embark on their first Level II fieldwork in the summer. Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Sally Richardson gave the keynote address to over 200 friends and family who attended the event to support our students. Congratulations to the Class of 2025 on achieving this milestone in their occupational therapy education!

2024 White Coat Ceremony Program

OT White Coat 2024

OT White Coat 2024