Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of executive dysfunction. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to over 1600 public and private schools and organizations worldwide
Mental health is a passion for Dr. Keen. Her capstone focused on occupational therapy serving as a member of an interprofessional school team to address mental health issue in school-based practice. The findings of her research were sobering and have ignited a desire to discover ways to re-establish OT as a recognized mental health provider.
Dr. Keen graduated with her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina and in 2008 she earned her master's degree from Boston University. In 2019, she graduated with high honors with her clinical doctorate degree from the University of St. Augustine. She is passionate about Occupational Therapy and has a distinct interest in mental health, trauma-informed care, and pediatrics (particularly Autism).
Dr. Monica Keen is currently an Associate Professor at Presbyterian College. She is the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator and comes to Presbyterian College with 33 years of clinical experience. Dr. Keen retired in May of this year after 27 years of school-based practice. She is an adjunct instructor at Baylor University and she is a contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustine. She was an adjunct instructor for 7 years with the Medical University of South Carolina. Her 33 years of clinical practice included working in the mental health department at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, acute care, and nursing home settings. She owned a private pediatric practice for 12 years and closed the doors of Developing Abilities when she took on full-time academia. She has authored two separate chapters for colleague's books: one on school-based and infant mental health and the other on handwriting. Dr. Keen has presented two webinars for OccupationalTherapy.com. One webinar focused on OT being a part of an interprofessional team member for mental health in school-aged children (Dr. Keen’s Capstone) and the second webinar focused on the impact of Covid-19 on the behavior of school-aged children In September of 2022, Dr. Keen was a guest on the OT School House podcast where the topic of discussion was occupational therapy and school-based mental health. Currently, she is the co-chair for Mental Health for her state's professional organization, the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association.
Currently, Dr. Keen resides in Greenville, SC and is a proud mom to two amazing adult daughters. She has two adorable Boston Terriers (Bubbles and Boomer), she loves college football, enjoys running and hiking, and being in the sun for the pool or beach is her favorite pastime.
Monica Moore Jackman, OTD, MHS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist, and owner of Little Lotus Therapy. She has a doctorate in occupational therapy from Chatham University, and undergraduate and master of health sciences degrees from the University of Florida. Monica has authored book chapters and research papers on mindful engagement, the mindful engagement support model, and mindfulness interventions, and has developed and implemented mindfulness-based training programs for adults, caregivers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. As an occupational therapist, she is dedicated to making mindfulness-based interventions inclusive and accessible to all learners, and supporting people to experience meaning, connection, and engagement in life.
She has presented nationally and internationally on mindfulness-based programs and interventions. She has practiced for over twenty years in a variety of clinical settings, and served as an expert consultant to the Department of Justice for cases under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. Finally, she is a mother of four who uses these practices with her own family.
Olivia earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2017 and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1999. She has spent the last two decades working in the school setting, only recently opening The Center for Connection and Neurodiversity with her co-director, Amanda Staples, in Duarte, California. At the Center, she wears both her MFT hat and her OT hat to support families with neurodiverse loved ones. The Center is a neuro-affirming practice that is focused on the integration of mental and physical health. Olivia is also a parent of three children; Ryan is 15, autistic and has physical/cognitive disabilities, Mateo is 11, neurotypical, and Cruz is 9 and is autistic.
Patti Sharp is a pediatric Occupational Therapist with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) in Ohio. She earned her Master’s in OT at Washington University and OTD at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has since gathered 18 years of pediatric experience. She previously worked in burns and neurorehabilitation, but now focuses on enhancing care in the developmental world. She co-leads the Developmental Coordination Disorder team at CCHMC and is a certified Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) therapist and trainer.
Erin Iverson is a developmental pediatric physical therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She earned her DPT from Ohio University in 2010 and became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2015. In 2018, Erin became a certified Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) trained therapist and instructor, one of the few in the United States. Erin has a strong interest in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) as a co-leader of the DCD Translating Research And Clinical Knowledge Team at CCHMC and an author of the APTA’s Clinical Practice Guideline for DCD.
Alicia Stufoso, MOTR/L, has over 20 years of experience in school-based and early intervention settings. During her career, Alicia has had the opportunity to provide training for occupational therapists, parents, and school district personnel in topics related to school-based OT services. She is a proud co-founder of the Best Practices in School-Based Occupational Therapy Annual Conference and Careerfull LLC. Alicia currently lives in Waxhaw, NC and works at Union County Public Schools.