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Academic & Professional Work
Click for my Curriculum Vitae and Brief Resume.
Doctoral Capstone
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Is Sensory Integration an Effective Intervention for Posstraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults?

Here, you see my academic poster for my occupational therapy doctoral capstone. Click on the poster to see it in better detail.

Here is the reference for the poster:

Makena, B., Bowyer, P., Washington, L., Edmonds, J., & Peters, D. (2021). Is sensory integration an effective intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults? [Unpublished doctoral capstone]. Texas Woman’s University.

If you would like to see the reference list for this capstone, click here.

MOT Capstone Poster
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Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review


This is the academic poster for my masters of occupational therapy capstone.  I was second author.  Clicking on the poster will open a PDF version of it.


This poster was presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference in 2017.  There is an associated publication in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  Here is the reference and link:

Poole, J., Makena, B., Siegel, P., Velasco, E. Latham, A., & Qunilan, J. (2017). Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review [Poster]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71.

Other Non-Academic Published Writings
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A Discussion of Individualism, Collectivism, and the Ecological Model


This essay was published by Best Student Essays, now Limina.  You can click on the picture to link to a PDF version of the essay, or click here to see Limina's online version. 

This essay explores the concepts of individualistic cultures and collectivist cultures and compares then to a commonly used model that is supposed to reflect a dynamic view of the whole person.

The summary of this exploration is that the Ecological Model reflects individualistic cultures well, but may be missing critical factors from collectivist cultures, which may be especially relevant in healthcare practices.

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Know Your Customers' Requirements in Tough Ecological Times

This article was published by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association in the OPRA Connection on-line magazine.  I can no longer find the on-line version of this issue.  Clicking on the picture will take you to a PDF version.  You'll have to scroll a few pages to see it.  FYI, I legally changed my name many years ago.  This is published under my old name.

At the time of this publication, the US was attempting to recover from the Great Recession.  I had been serving as the Business Services Supervisor of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area addressing strategic planning, budget management, and quality improvement.  Individually and collectively, we had been recognized for several years for best practices in these areas in the State of Ohio by the Ohio Partnership for Excellence, the state-level version of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Metroparks did well during this difficult time and this articles was written based on the lessons learned.

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