PREPaRE: Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment

Ninth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities, Saturday, March 24, 2018     Click on link for more information


Presentations from the Eighth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities Saturday, March 11, 2017



Student Goals vs. Therapy Goals: How to get our work done in the classroom.

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD


Use of Telepractice to Deliver Therapy Services

Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SP


Functional Assessment Focused on Student Participation

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD


Evolution and Progression of Therapy Needs of Older Teens and Young Adults with Physical Disabilities

Catherine Gohrband, PT, DPT, PCS


Enhancing Functional Performance in Children with Cortical Visual Impairment

Karen Harper, PhD, OTR/L and Patricia Gribben, OTR/L CTW 014 3-4:30 PM




MyraBeth Bundy, PhD is a licensed psychologist in the state of Kentucky and a Professor in the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Psychology. Her specialty in both clinical practice and research relates to disabilities throughout the lifespan, especially the unique developmental differences associated with the autism spectrum.  She is a reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and for the Journal of Psychological Practice and a consultant to many schools and families related to autism and developmental disabilities.  She has been a governor appointed member of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and has collaborated with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Autism Training Center on autism-related grant writing and funded project consultation. 

Catherine Gohrband, PT, DPT, PCS is a Lecturer in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Gohrband is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky.   Her dissertation topic is clinical transitions for persons with lifelong disabilities.  Her clinical background has been in pediatrics and acute care which has included direct patient care and administrative duties in outpatient, private practice, hospital, and education settings.   

Patricia Gribben, OTR/L has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.   She is presently working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has also worked in schools and early intervention.  Her special focus is on cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment (CVI) and visual perceptual disorders.  She has trained under Christina Roman Lantzy, PhD regarding CVI and is currently serving as a multidisciplinary evaluator for CVI along with Ophthalmology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She has extensive experience treating children with CVI and cerebral palsy, as well as treating children with needs requiring the use of assistive technology and communication devices. 

Karen Harper, PhD, OTR/L received her PhD at The Ohio State University.  Currently, she is a clinical researcher and occupational therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Dr. Harper is also an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and a faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disability (LEND) Program. Clinically, she evaluates and treats children with neurodevelopmental disorders and devotes a time to program development and program evaluation.  Dr. Harper’s research focus is on intervention research involving children with neurodevelopmental disabilities such as cortical visual impairment, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and autism.  She has been involved in developing, implementing and measuring outcomes for several clinical practice guidelines.

Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SP is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UK.  She teaches graduate courses in the areas of assessment and treatment of language and speech sound disorders in school-age children. She also is responsible for clinical rotations in the school setting. Her research focuses on the use of mobile technology for delivering language intervention to school-age children.  She is PI on Linking Kids to Speech-Language Pathologists (LinKS), a personnel preparation grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education.  LinKS aims to provide training to 40 CSD graduate students in the effective use of telepractice. She also is a co-PI on PREPaRE, a personnel preparation grant designed to train speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to work collaboratively in the delivery of services to children. She has experience delivering speech and language services via telepractice.

Shirley O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research, teaching and publications at state and national conferences are on topics related to pediatrics, sensory processing, online education and advocacy.   She has worked with children and families for over 30 years in various clinic, school, home and community settings.   Dr. O’Brien is recognized as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, an EKU University Foundation Professor and received the Lindy Boggs Award for Advocacy from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD, has 17 years of experience in school-based practice in North Carolina (NC). She worked as the only physical therapist serving a small, underserved, rural school district and as a contracted therapist serving a larger, more urban school district. Dr. Ray is an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Division of Physical Therapy and provides the NC Department of Public Instruction with consultative services in the areas of physical therapy, Medicaid cost recovery, and adapted physical education. She was appointed to the NC State Rehabilitation Council and the NC Office of Disability and Health Advisory Committee. She serves as Chair of the Research Committee for the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education. Dr. Ray is the chair of the School-Based Physical Therapy Special Interest Group for APTA’s Academy on Pediatrics and serves on the Section’s Payment, Policy and Advocacy Committee.

This conference is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Grant to Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences and under the Combined Personnel Preparation CFDA 84.325K initiative entitled:  PREPaRE: Preparing RElated Services Personnel for Rural Employment. Grant # H325K130007.

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Past PREPaRE Conferences (2016-2011)