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WVU Occupational Therapist to Work in Australia

Cronin Receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Anne Cronin, OTR, an associate professor of occupational therapy at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Australia at University of Queensland during 2006, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This summer, Dr. Cronin will collaborate with University of Queensland (UQ) in developing training materials for their project “Growing Stronger: Supporting Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”.  The state of Queensland has many rural areas that are very isolated and UQ has many of the same problems providing support to the families of autistic children that are experienced in West Virginia.

Cronin is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad in 2006 through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.

“I’m very excited to be able to go to Australia and see how they respond to the needs of families with special needs children,” Cronin said. “By comparing the strategies and approaches used in Queensland with those used here, I hope to learn and explore better ways of delivering services to families in both countries.”

Cronin was recently elected to as the American Occupational Therapy Association’s first alternate delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. In this role as a liaison to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), she will attend a council meeting in New Castle, New South Wales. Following the council meeting, she will present a paper at the WFOT Congress 2006 in Sydney before reporting to UQ to begin her collaboration.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 59 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields. 

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