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From the Editor

As I write this From the Editor, three of our graduate students in the Boston University online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program will give their doctoral defense today. Participating in a doctoral defense is a rite of passage, an event marking that they have completed their years of doctoral work and have earned the honor of being called Dr. Their topics are: Yogatise - An On-line Yoga Program for Children and Youth with Disabilities (B. Inirio); Switching on Engagement!: Occupational Therapy & Assistive Technology in the Classroom (M. Reilly); and Back2Basics: Mental Health Building Blocks for Learning (J. Marfia). If any of these topics are of interest to you, they can be found at the Boston University’s Mugar Library.

Another rite of passage is that with this issue, WORK is entering its 31st year! This issue contains 25 manuscripts on a variety of topics such as telehealth in occupational therapy; the investigation of the effect of smartphone addiction; noise pollution; sleep quality; among many other interesting subjects including eight articles related to the pandemic.

Many of the 2021 Learn at WORK webinars are planned and more will be scheduled:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 1–2pm EST

A pilot model for provider training to address brain injury in health care for the homeless settings

Presenter: Dr. Caitlin Synovec


Thursday, Feb 18, 202 at 1–2pm EST

Taking care of the researchera nature and art-related activity retreat sharing natural space put humanity in perspective

Presenter: Professor Eva Bojner Horwitz


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1–2pm EST

The importance of health management and maintenance occupations while homeless

Presenters: Quinn Tyminski and Ariana Gonzalez


Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1–2pm EST

Coping on the inside: Design for therapeutic incarceration interventions

Presenters: Dr. Amy Wagenfeld and Dr. Daniel Winterbottom


Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1–2pm EST

The role of office features and psychosocial working conditions

Presenters: Dr. Sarah Lütke Lanfer and Dr. Anja Göritz


Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1–2pm EST

Telehealth in school-based practice: Perceived viability to bridge global occupational therapy practitioner shortages prior to COVID-19 global health emergency.

Presenters: Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney & Karen Jacobs.


You can stay up-to-date on our Learn at WORK webinars, blogs and news by going to our website at

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Be safe and healthy.