|Karen Barney, Ph.D.|
The Last Lecture Series will host the spring 2013 event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in room 170 of Busch Student Center. This semester's speaker will be Karen Barney, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Doisy College of Health Sciences.
Each semester, a faculty member is selected from student nominations for the honor of speaking for the Last Lecture series. The Last Lecture series provides an informal format for selected faculty to share reflections from their life's journey and to speak to students as if it was their last lecture ever. There are not any pre-determined boundaries for the program - the faculty member will be speaking from the premise, "If you knew this was your last lecture you would ever give, what would you share with students?"
Barney completed her bachelor of science in occupational therapy and master of science in adult education with an emphasis on education administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed doctoral studies in health services research in the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University.
Geriatric occupational therapy practice has been her specialty for 45 years of her career with experience throughout the continuum of health care. Her research focuses on health promotion, quality of life issues for persons with disabilities and older adults, occupational justice with marginalized populations and innovative service models.
The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by the Division of Student Development and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.