Collaborating Faculty

Eastern Kentucky University 
Occupational Therapy Program Faculty

Department Chair:
Colleen Schneck, SC.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Research interests: Child development, sensory processing, visual perceptual skills, school-based practice

Other Program Faculty:

Research interests: survey & outcomes research, program development, and rehabilitation practice issues
Research interests: oncology, quality of life, occupation

Dana Howell, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L
Research interest: Qualitative research, interdisciplinary education, quality of life of rural seniors, and adult physical dysfunction and rehabilitation

Research interests: postsecondary transition services to adolescents with disabilities in traditional and nontraditional educational settings
Research interests: occupation-based practice, occupational therapy practice framework, reimbursement, client-centered practice and the therapy environment.


Institutional Partners 
Communication Disorders Program Faculty

Sharon Hart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Murray State University
Research interests:  The effectiveness of using communication-centered intervention to facilitate phonological learning in young children

Richard Dressler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Kentucky University
Research interests: Dr. Dressler has published articles related to conversational coding systems, sound disorders associated with aphasia, acoustic measures of spasmodic dysphonia, conversational repairs in speakers with aphasia, and dehydration in nursing home patients. He has also conducted cooperative research with the brain injury unit at the Fr. Campbell Army Base. Dr. Dressler is also interested in exploring the use of video-conferencing technology to connect individuals in rural areas with local support groups, and for offering remote service delivery of speech services to rural patients.

Lauren Bland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,Western Kentucky University 
Research interests:service delivery models, interprofessional education, clinical supervision, professional issues and ethics, higher education pedagogy