Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lectureship and Day of Scholarship

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Headshot of Janet Falk Kessler

12:00pm to 5:30pm

Columbia University Medical Campus

630 W. 168th Street (Alumni Auditorium), New York, NY 10032


Join the Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy for the annual Janet-Falk Kessler Lectureship and Day of Scholarship. 

The day will include networking, oral and poster presentations by advanced practioners and scholars, and the Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecture.

Participants can earn up to 4 contact hours.

2020 Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturer: Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR

Danielle Butin headshot

Danielle is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Afya Foundation, a non-profit organization that rescues surplus medical supplies to provide disaster relief and meet ongoing medical needs of struggling communities around the world. The medical supplies that Afya distributes are sorted and packed in a warehouse in Yonkers by volunteers, including those with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. These volunteers are now supervised by occupational therapy fieldwork students as part of yet another innovative program. Afya was awarded a Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2015 for their ebola response efforts. Along with our students at CUOT, Danielle and Afya also made significant aid to relief efforts in Puerto Rico in 2018.

Danielle's keynote speech will be "The Untaught Lessons in Always Finding a Way"

Join Danielle on a reflective journey of trusting one’s self and finding the courage to lead a life rich in meaning. Honest and humorous in approach, this thought-provoking lecture will present stories on how she launched the Afya Foundation and offer educators, students, and clinicians lessons towards inspirational leadership and service to others.

Call For Papers

The call for papers is now open.

Submit a proposal to present a 45-minute oral presentation (30 min of presentation and 15 min of discussion) or a 1-hour professional poster session. All oral and poster presentations must highlight either (1) a gap in clinical practice and  evidence-based solutions or (2) a synthesis of critical literature with direct implications for OT practice, education, and research.

The deadline for proposal submission is January 17, 2020 by 11.59pm. Accepted presenters will be notified on or before February 3, 2020. 

Submit A Proposal


Early bird registration will open on March 23rd. 

Getting to the Event

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center is at the 168th Street stop of the A/C.  Please note that the 1 train is currently not stopping at 168th Street.  Service should be restored in early 2020.

Parking is available at the hospital's parking garage on Ft. Washington Avenue between 164th and 165th Streets.  Street parking is limited.

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Past Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturers

2019: Kristie Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA