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Mercer County Resident to Address Occupational Therapy Students at Kean University

UNION, NJ - Kean Universityís Department of Occupational Therapy will host author and stroke survivor Dr. Rebecca Dutton for a lecture on Wednesday, November 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dr. Dutton will speak to Keanís masterís level occupational therapy students and discuss the effects and perspectives of a person living with a stroke.

Dr. Dutton, a resident of Robbinsville, N.J., is a former professor of occupational therapy at Kean and worked as an occupational therapist specializing in stroke rehabilitation before suffering a stroke in 2004. Her new book, My Last Degree: a Therapist Goes Home after a Stroke, tells the ironic story of how a therapist, who spent years rehabilitating stroke survivors, learned firsthand the problems that are often overlooked by traditional therapy, from bed mobility to getting on an airplane. Using her background as a therapist, professor and stroke survivor, Dr. Dutton will discuss the challenges of overcoming a stroke.

Occupational therapy is science-driven, evidence-based profession that promotes wellness for individuals and assists people with illness, injury or disabilities in living a productive lifestyle. The occupational therapy program at Kean University is the first accredited program of its kind in New Jersey. The program has been in existence for over thirty years and continues to prepare leaders in the healthcare profession. U.S. News and World Report recently named occupational therapist to its "Best Careers in 2009" list. For more information about Keanís occupational therapy program, please contact Dr. Laurie Knis-Matthews at or 908-737-3380.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a masterís degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.