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LYNNE F. RICHARD, Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy Department
Union, NJ 07083
Education: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
45 credits toward Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Focus on learning and cognition and best practices in adult education
Research design, application and methodologies
Seton Hall University
M.A. Counseling and Special Services, School of Education
Major: Group Process. 1981
University of Kansas
B.S. in Occupational Therapy. 1977
Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX – adults with physical
Easter Seal Center, Kansas City, MO – pediatric practice
Institute of Living, Hartford, CT – adults with psychosocial disorders
Thesis: M.A. – “The incidence of burn-out in helping professionals”
Occupational Therapist, Registered. Initial certification – 1977
Occupational Therapist, Licensed – State of New Jersey
Awards: American Occupational Therapy Association - Service Award - 2001
Kean University - Presidential Scholars Award – 2000
NJ O.T. Association - Educational Scholarship Award - 2000
American Occupational Therapy Association - Service Award - 1998
NJ Occupational Therapy Association - Service Award - 1998
American Occupational Therapy Association - Service Award – 1995
Competencies and Experience:
1. Developed a community-based course module for an OT capstone graduate
a. Established a community outreach program with a local housing authority
(Elizabeth) to provide OT services to a low income seniors building in
collaboration with a nursing program. The program provided residents
with a fall-prevention program, reminiscing and exercise on a weekly
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basis that students implemented .
b. Students engaged in a “real” case study as they completed a needs
evaluation for the senior center (Plainfield) from an OT perspective.
2. Created and implemented the first on-line course in the OT Department – OT
5001 Medical Terminology for Occupational Therapists.
3. Incorporated WebCT discussion board to enhance communication
and critical thinking in a graduate and undergraduate course
4. Course revisions – researched and recommended use of new texts
and material for several courses (Clinical Conditions I & II, Introduction to
OT, Foundations of OT.)
5. Use of doctoral work to guide implementation of best practices in teaching
and learning for classroom effectiveness.
1998- present: Kean University, Assistant Professor
Seminar II: Physical Dysfunction – Senior level with fieldwork
and graduate level with fieldwork component
OT Theory & Assessment II – Jr. and graduate level with lab
Clinical Conditions I – Jr. and graduate level
Foundations of Occupational Therapy – graduate
On-line Medical Terminology course for OT – graduate
Introduction to Occupational Therapy – pre-OT undergraduate
Case Studies in Occupational Therapy – co-taught, graduate
Clinical Conditions II – Jr. and graduate level
Activity Group Process
Therapeutic Media II - Graduate and Senior section
Research sequence (I, II, III) – Graduate
NOTE: Ethics and ethical decision making are not separated out in our
curriculum design. Ethical and professional behavior is an integral part of
case illustrations, assignments, readings and discussion.
1994 - 1997: Kean University, Adjunct Faculty:
Taught a variety of junior and senior level courses in the OT Department. I taught
the following courses on a regular basis during these years: Clinical Conditions I
and co-taught Activity Group Process. Other courses I have taught include:
Administration and Supervision and Life Tasks II. Regularly guest lectured to
Introduction to O.T. on psychosocial issues.
1993 - 1994: Kean University, Full Time Faculty:
I was appointed to a one-year temporary position when a member of the OT
Department was on sabbatical. I taught the senior Psychosocial Seminar course
that included coordinating a Fieldwork component. I also taught Clinical
Conditions I and Activity Group Process.
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June 1991: Reactivation Course, Lecturer:
Taught the psychosocial component for this course (3 hours) to Occupational
Therapy Practitioners engaged in re-entry into clinical practice.
Sponsor - NJ Occupational Therapy Association at Kean University.
1985 - 1987: Kean College, Clinical Coordinator, Part Time Faculty:
Responsible for the cultivation of fieldwork sites and the placement of senior
level students in Level II fieldwork. Coordination and monitoring of each of the
site placements. Regular documentation and communication with students and
supervisors to ensure that established educational standards were satisfied.
1. Planned sabbatical spring 2005. Currently my plan is to defend my
dissertation proposal early in 2006 and begin data collection, analysis and
write up during the sabbatical time.
2. Pre-thesis PhD research project: “A phenomenological study of supervision in
occupational therapy fieldwork experiences”. I have submitted the manuscript
for publication and presented the work at the national American Occupational
Therapy Assoc. Conference.
3. Current Research Projects: Graduate research sequence (3 semesters) in
occupational therapy. Prof. Knis and I have partnered with OT clinicians to
create research questions that will generate four proposals for study over the
next year with Master level OT students.
a. What are the perceptions of parents of children with PPD about
community therapeutic recreation opportunities?
b. What are the perceptions of therapists using groups as a therapeutic
modality with individuals who are brain injured?
c. What is the need for a community-based model of intervention that
combines an interdisciplinary group approach to serving children with
special needs under the age of three?
d. How does the cultural lens of individuals participating in a mental health
partial care program influence their perspective of that program?
4. Completed Graduate Research Projects:
Theses development and advisement with graduate students in collaboration
with community sites. Professor Knis and I cultivated the research sites and
developed the research questions. The graduate students, under our direction,
have completed a research proposal, collected data and written up the results.
a. The effects of functional electrical stimulation on hand function and active
wrist extension in children with cerebral palsy. (with a local children’s
rehabilitation hospital) Presented at National Conference-2005.
b. Therapists’ perceptions of using groups to treat individuals with traumatic
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brain injury. (with a local medical center serving clients with brain injuries)
Clinical skills and knowledge:
Consultant: Evaluation and treatment planning with adults in a subacute
treatment setting with physical disabilities. (2002)
Adults with physical disabilities: Evaluation, treatment planning and
implementation, and consultation with adults with a variety of physical
disabilities including: neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, cognitive-behavioral, and
gerontological limitations. Collaborated as a part of a multidisciplinary team to
deliver OT services. Worked across the spectrum of health care service delivery –
acute care, subacute and long-term care, out-patient and home care. (1986-1998)
Adults with psychosocial disabilities: Developed an in-patient, acute care
occupational therapy program for adults with mental illness. Occupational
therapy program focused on the evaluation and treatment of individuals to assist
in the successful return to the community. (1978-1984)
Student coordination and supervision: Coordinated an active student
fieldwork program and directly supervised OT students during their fieldwork
Committee Leadership-Kean University:
Acting Chair, Occupational Therapy Department – Jan. – Sept. 2004
Member: Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Member: Dean Search Committee, College of Natural, Applied, & Health
Member: Retention & Tenure Committee, College of Natural, Applied & Health
Member: Faculty Senate Research and Grants Committee
Member: Dean’s Task Force on Undergraduate/Faculty Research
Chair: Undergraduate OT Program Admissions Committee (2000-2004)
Chair: OT Dept. Curriculum Committee
Member: College Curriculum Committee
Faculty Advisor: Student OT Association
Chair: Fieldwork Educators Workshop Committee (2001)
Professional and Community Service:
Fall 2001: Collaborated with the Nursing Dept. and Elizabeth Housing
Authority to provide a capstone experience to a graduate class – providing
a community based program for fall prevention, exercise and reminiscing
to senior housing residents.
Fall 2000: Collaborated with the Plainfield Senior Citizens Center to
develop and implement a need assessment of their current programming
from an occupational therapy perspective. Interviewed individuals and
groups of members - providing experiential learning for our students and a
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report for the center regarding the members perceived needs.
1994 - 2003: Elected member, Plainfield Board of Education ($140
million - annual budget) Served three terms of three years each.
Chairperson - Curriculum and Instruction Committee and member of the
1999 – 2001: Appointed N.J. School Boards Assoc. Legislative
Committee. Active in tracking, analyzing and making recommendations
on legislative issues as they relate to and impact on public education.
1999 - 2001: American Occupational Therapy Association, Elected
alternate delegate to Representative Assembly from New Jersey
1998 – 1999: President: Plainfield Board of Education. Provided
leadership and advocacy for our community. (7000 students and a $70
million budget). Testified at state Senate and Assembly committee
meetings and was successful in the district regaining Abbott status – a
special needs designation that has meant the reinstatement of millions
annually to assist our students.
1992-1998: NJ elected representative to the American Occupational
Therapy Assoc. Two terms of elected office (maximum allowed).
Responsibilities: liaison between the national association and the NJ
membership, tracked current issues, dialogued with members, represented
NJ membership during the annual representative assembly (the national
policy making body). I served as Task Leader and assistant during those
years at the request of the Speaker.
1992-1998: Executive Board Member - NJ OT Association
Knis-Matthews, L. & Richard, L. (2005). Implementation of occupational therapy
services for an adolescent resident program. Occupational Therapy in Mental
Health, 21,1, 57-72.
Knis-Matthews, L. & Richard, L. (2001). Fundamentals of group work:
Protocols, activities and guidelines. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
May – 2005 - AOTA Annual Conference Long Beach, CA
o Fieldwork Supervision: Strategies for Success
o The three-legged research stool: Faculty, student and clinician working together
June 2003 – Poster Session – “Case-based instruction: Answered and unanswered
questions. American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference.
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Fall 2003 - Home safety workshop, Plainfield Senior Center, NJ
October 2002 – Co-presenter: Action Lab: “Pressure and Support: Helping
Teachers Meet High Standards”. NJ School Boards Association, Atlantic City,
October 2001 - Presenter: NJ Occupational Therapy Association Annual
Conference. "Consulting to the well elderly in your community - A package for
October 2000 - Co-presenter: NJ Occupational Therapy Association Annual
Conference. "Group work as a dynamic tool in your practice area."
October 1999 - Presenter: N.J. Occupational Therapy Association Annual
Conference. "Issues on Aging and the OT Role."
October 28, 1999 - Presenter: N.J. School Boards Association Annual Workshop.
Roundtable entitled "Community Collaboration for Children, Youth and
March\April 1995: Co-presenter: NJ Occupational Therapy Association
Mental Health Special Interest Section Monthly Meetings. "Groups in
Occupational Therapy: A Taxonomy".
Oct. 1994: Co-presenter: NJ Occupational Therapy Association
Annual Conference. Workshop title: "Psychosocial Assessment: An experiential
Local: Kean University
June 2004 - AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Co-presenter
May 2004 - Universal Precautions and HIPPA regulation
April 2004 - Undergraduate Open House
March 2004 - OT Dept. Recruitment Open House
April 2001 - Presented newly published text at Faculty Research Forum
1976 - Present: Member, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
1992 - Present: Member, New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association
1999 – Present: Member, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
1994 - 2003: Member: National and N.J. School Boards Association