Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lectureship and Day of Scholarship


Friday January 24th, 2025

Headshot of Janet Falk Kessler

Fully virtual on the Whova Conference App.  

Join an international and diverse roster of clinicians, educators, scholars, and presenters and earn up to 6 professional development contact hours! 

Attendees can join live virtually or access all session recordings for up to 4 weeks after the conference. 

The annual Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler Lectureship and Day of Scholarship honors the contributions of former Columbia program director Dr. Janet Falk-Kessler to the occupational therapy profession. 


Call for Papers


The call for papers is now open! 

Submit a proposal to present a 30-minute oral presentation (20 min presentation and 10 min discussion). 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.​

Required Proposal Components:​

1. Title (20 words or less)​

2. Learning Objectives (2 required)​

3. Abstract Synopsis (30 words or less)​

4. Full Abstract (350 words or less)​

5. References (no more than 4 current references in APA format)​


Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.


Registration will open in the fall.

For more information, please reach out to
Leslie Alas | la3047@cumc.columbia.edu

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Past Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturers

2023: Victoria Garcia Wilburn, DHSc, OTR, FAOTA

2022: Amy Lynch, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, TBRI® Educator, SCFES

2021: Gary Bedell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

2020: Danielle Butin, MS, OTR

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