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Faulkner Appointed Interim Chair
Department of Occupational Therapy at
University of Tennessee
Memphis, Tenn. (December 15, 2008) – William
R. Frey, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center announced the appointment of Larry Faulkner,
PhD, as interim chair of the college’s Department of Occupational Therapy
(OT). Dr. Faulkner will assume duties as
interim chair in January. Ann Nolen, PsyD, the current OT chair, will step down at the end of
Dr. Faulkner joined UTHSC in 2004 and recently
completed a term as president of the UTHSC Allied Health Faculty Organization. Prior
to UTHSC, he served four years as assistant professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University in Hong
Kong. Dr. Faulkner credits Dr. Nolen’s efforts to strengthen
the UTHSC OT Department’s community outreach efforts as his reason for
returning to the United
States and joining UT Health Science Center
(UTHSC). His UTHSC
research has been in the area of clinical instrument advances and the development
of a seated Tai Chi program for frail older adults. He conducts his research in collaboration with
Veronica Engle, PhD, RN, GNP, professor, UTHSC College of Nursing.
Along with his service to the OT
Department, Dr. Faulkner will retain an additional role as associate professor
for the UTHSC Department of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging. Dr.
Faulkner holds a PhD in health and rehabilitation sciences from the University
of Pittsburgh; an MSc in biomedical engineering from
the University of Dundee, United Kingdom; and a BS degree in occupational therapy
from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In recent years, the UTHSC College of
Allied Health Sciences OT Department has made significant progress to increase
its competitive advantage. It has grown from
only offering a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy to now offering a master’s
degree. Plus, it provides real-time
distance education to OT students in Chattanooga
while simultaneously educating OT students in Memphis.
Through donations, the department created a new occupational therapy laboratory
and renovated its pediatric occupational laboratory. The OT
Department has been recognized nationally for its services to the Memphis community through
the UTHSC Community Occupational Therapy Services program. Since 2001 the OT Department faculty has
provided a significant amount of volunteer support to the community through the
The OT Department recognizes that much of
its recent progress is due to the leadership of its outgoing chair, Dr. Nolen, who
served in this capacity for seven years.
As interim chair, Dr. Faulkner will ensure that the department’s
successes are continued and that collaborations within and outside the
department are strengthened.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is
focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public
service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the
health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training
opportunities, the main campus is
located in Memphis
and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health
Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.