Inaugural Maria Gervasio Award is Presented to Occupational Therapy Student

Kaitlyn Jones (center) receives the 2017 Maria Gervasio Award from Karen and Alex Gervasio.

Maria Gervasio ’14 was strongly committed to the therapeutic use of occupation and its power to improve quality of life. During her graduate year, Gervasio authored “Occupational Therapy (OT) and the Enablement of Quality of Life: An Historical Reflective and Critical Analysis of the Profession’s First Century.” Posthumously, her research was presented at the Pennsylvania OT Association conference by   G’14. The Maria Gervasio Award for Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development honors Gervasio’s life by recognizing an OT student who has completed exemplary research which reflects her spirit. On March 22, 2017, Maria’s parents Karen and Alex Gervasio presented Kaitlyn Jones this award for her honors thesis “The Effect of Bilateral Hand Transplants on the Perceived Quality of Life in Two Combat Veterans.” This award provided financial support for Jones to present her research at the 2017 American OT Association national conference.