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School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Hooding Ceremony Awards

The following awards were presented to graduating students at our most recent Hooding Ceremonies for the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, held Saturday, May 13, 2017, as part of the MGH Institute's Commencement celebration.

For awards presented to Faculty and Clinical Supervisors, please see the Commencement Honors for Faculty and Clinical Educators page. For awards presented to Alumni, please see Alumni Awards and Honors.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Julie Atwood Award for Excellence

Chair Gregory Lof, Juliet A. Ochura '17, and Professor Emerita Julie Atwood
Chair Gregory Lof, Juliet A. Ochura '17, and Professor Emerita Julie Atwood

Juliet A. Ochura '17 is the 2017 recipient of Julie Atwood Award for Excellence from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The award was established in 1997 in honor of Julie Atwood, MEd, CCC-SLP, former Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Speech-Language Pathology Department, and Professor at the Institute since the inception of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The award is given to a graduating student who possesses a strong base of academic knowledge, applies theory to delivering clinical service in an exemplary manner, and demonstrates the highest values and ethics, the ability to apply research findings to clinical practice, and the potential for professional excellence and leadership.

 

The Pamela Hook Award for Literacy

Chair Gregory Lof, Timothy DeLuca '17, and Director of the Language and Literacy CAS Melissa Feller
Chair Gregory Lof, Timothy DeLuca '17, and Director of the Language and Literacy CAS Melissa Feller

Timothy DeLuca '17 Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language is the 2017 recipient of the Pamela Hook Award for Literacy from the Department of  Communication Sciences and Disorders.

First awarded in 2017, the award is named after Pamela E. Hook, PhD, Professor Emerita, because of her impact on the study of literacy and language. This award honors a graduating Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language student or a Speech Language Pathology graduating student, who has shown dedication, curiosity, and exceptional performance working with individuals who have disorders of written language.

Kenneth N. Stevens Student Research Award

Chair Gregory Lof and  Annette Sophie Mitko '17
Chair Gregory Lof and  Annette Sophie Mitko '17

Annette Sophie Mitko '17 is the 2017 recipient of the Kenneth N. Stevens Student Research Award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

First awarded in 2004, this award, named after the long-time MGH Institute of Health Professions faculty member and internationally known researcher Kenneth N. Stevens, honors a graduating student who has demonstrated superior performance in conducting research that produces new knowledge about typical or disordered human communication.

 

Award of Special Recognition

Chair Gregory Lof and Anne Wellington Dixon '17
Chair Gregory Lof and Anne Wellington Dixon '17

Chair Gregory Lof and Madeline Eileen Grimm '17
Chair Gregory Lof and Madeline Eileen Grimm '17

Chair Gregory Lof and Reem Khodr Mohamad '17
Chair Gregory Lof and Reem Khodr Mohamad '17

Anne Wellington Dixon '17, Madeline Eileen Grimm '17, and Reem Khodr Mohamad '17 are the 2017 recipients of the Award of Special Recognition from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

First awarded in 2017, this award  honors a graduating student who has excelled in a particular area to the extent that CSD faculty members want to acknowledge this meritorious accomplishment.

 

Occupational Therapy

Award for Student Excellence

Chair Lisa Connor, Associate Professor Mary Hildebrand, Cora Lontz Finley '17, and DPT Program Director Regina Doherty
Chair Lisa Connor, Associate Professor Mary Hildebrand,
Cora Lontz Finley '17, and DPT Program Director Regina Doherty

Cora Lontz Finley '17 is the 2017 recipient of the Award for Student Excellence from the Department of Occupational Therapy

First awarded 2017, the Award for Student Excellence honors a student who has distinguished themselves through overall excellent performance in both academics and behavior. 

Physical Therapy

Marjorie K. Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence: Professional

Amanda Kathleen Barry  DPT '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie
Amanda Kathleen Barry  DPT '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie

Margaret Elizabeth Reiss DPT '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie
Margaret Elizabeth Reiss DPT '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie

Amanda Kathleen Barry '17 and Margaret Elizabeth Reiss '17 are the 2017 recipients of the graduate school’s Marjorie K. Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence for a professional degree from the Department of Physical Therapy.

The Marjorie K. Ionta Fund was founded in 1981 to honor Marjorie Ionta, who served as Chief Physical Therapist in the Department of Physical Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1958 to 1981.

The overall purpose of the fund is to promote excellence in physical therapy practice by supporting physical therapists who are engaged in special projects and professional development activities of joint interest to the Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and Physical Therapy Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  The award goes to students who have demonstrated growth and a consistent, excellent performance coupled with outstanding humanistic qualities.

 Marjorie K. Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence: Post-Professional

Chair Pamela Levangie, Kinga Hum MS-PT '17, and Associate Professor Tracy Brudvig
Chair Pamela Levangie, Kinga Hum MS-PT '17, and Associate Professor Tracy Brudvig

Kinga Hum ’17 is the 2017 post-professional degree recipient of the Marjorie K. Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence from the Department of Physical Therapy.

The award, named in honor of the chief physical therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1958 to 1981, and who was a founding member of the MGH Institute faculty, goes to students who have demonstrated growth and a consistent, excellent performance coupled with outstanding humanistic qualities.

 Adams Fellow Award: Professional

Assistant Professor Jane Baldwin, Kristin Michelle Smith '17, and Chair Pamela Levangie
Assistant Professor Jane Baldwin, Kristin Michelle Smith '17, and Chair Pamela Levangie

Kristin Michelle Smith is the 2017 professional degree recipient of Adams Fellow Award from the Department of Physical Therapy.

First awarded in 1990, The Adams Fund, created by Barbara Adams in 1986, was established to offer financial support for graduate education for physical therapists at the Institute. This award is given to students who show evidence of leadership abilities, service to the profession, and the potential to make a significant contribution as a clinical scholar.

 Adams Fellow Award: Post-Professional

Chair Pamela Levangie, Rhea Rajesh Parekh '17, and Associate Professor Tracy Brudvig
Chair Pamela Levangie, Rhea Rajesh Parekh MS-PT '17, and Associate Professor Tracy Brudvig

Rhea Rajesh Parekh is the 2017 post-professional degree recipient of the Adams Fellow Award from the Department of Physical Therapy.

The Adams Fund, created by Barbara Adams in 1986, was established to offer financial support for graduate education for physical therapists at the Institute. This award is given to students who show evidence of leadership abilities, service to the profession, and the potential to make a significant contribution as a clinical scholar.

Mary Mankin Prize

Kevin Michael McEnroy '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie
Kevin Michael McEnroy '17 and Chair Pamela Levangie

Kevin Michael McEnroy is the 2017 recipient of the Mary Mankin Prize from the Department of Physical Therapy

First awarded in 1992, The Mary Mankin Prize is awarded to a Doctor of Physical Therapy student who demonstrates significant potential as a clinical scholar and the ability to make a contribution to the physical therapy evidence that supports optimal patient care. 

Physician Assistant Studies

Student Excellence in Leadership Award

Program Director Lisa Walker and Scott Michael Turner '17
Program Director Lisa Walker and Scott Michael Turner '17

Scott Michael Turner is the 2017 recipient of the Student Excellence in Leadership Award from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

First awarded in 2017, this award honors a student graduating from the PA Program who has been identified by peers and faculty as demonstrating outstanding leadership during their time in the program in the following ways:

  1. Fosters a positive environment both in and outside of the classroom
  2. Demonstrates supportive, responsive relationships with peers
  3. Responds to and manages conflict effectively
  4. Seeks to improve the program through effective communication with program leadership
  5. Promotes and engages in activities that enhance the student experience.

 

Student Excellence in Service Award

 Program Director Lisa Walker and Sarah Michele Nowak '17
Program Director Lisa Walker and Sarah Michele Nowak '17

Sarah Michele Nowak is the 2017 recipient of the Student Excellence in Service Award from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

First awarded in 2017, this award honors a student graduating from the PA Program who has been identified by peers and faculty as demonstrating an outstanding commitment to service in the following ways:

  1. Active participation in multiple IHP and outside service initiatives OR piloted a new initiative that benefits the program and the Institute
  2. Made significant contributions in their service work
  3. Positively represented the PA profession and the IHP through their interactions with peers and community service organizations. 

 

Program Director's Award

Program Director Lisa Walker and Jennifer Lynn Gerard '17
Program Director Lisa Walker and Jennifer Lynn Gerard '17

Jennifer Lynn Gerard is the 2017 recipient of the Program Director's Award from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

First awarded in 2017, this award recognizes outstanding student contributions that do not necessarily meet the criteria for the leadership and service awards. The Program Director, in consultation with program faculty, select candidates for this award.