The Temple University Gallery of Success, which honors esteemed alumni, has named College of Public Health graduate Beth A. Pfeiffer to its 2023 list of honorees. Now in its 25th year, the Gallery of Success celebrates outstanding professional achievement by graduates of Temple’s 17 Schools and Colleges.
Beth Pfeiffer has gained international prominence for her work in occupational therapy for people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. An associate professor of health and rehabilitation sciences at the College of Public Health, Pfeiffer earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy at CPH in 1997.
In 2008, she co-founded an outpatient pediatric clinic in the Lehigh Valley area that continues to serve families. As a professor she has conducted research fueled by more than $15 million in funding, with approximately $5 million channeled directly to her Research, Engagement and Advocacy for Community and Health (REACH) lab. In 2022, she presented her research at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Paris and was awarded the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services Community Leadership Award of Excellence.
Pfeiffer’s clinical and research work focuses on helping individuals with IDD, including adolescents and young adults, engage more fully in their communities, feel productive, and become participating stakeholders in research and practice that concerns them.
“Working with kids in the school system and seeing them transition into adult roles and life has always been really rewarding,” she says. “I just love what I do. It means so much to me, the opportunity to make changes that are meaningful in people’s lives.”
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is an organization that works towards greater gender equality in the workplace.
There was a wonderful turn out and we were pleased to lead 4 groups in fun learning activities about different ways to collect data and how research can help identify problems and solutions to issues of Public Health. We talked about quantitative data collection like surveys, and then highlighted an emerging qualitative data collection method called PhotoVoice.
Returning students in the College of Public Health’s SBS PhD program are riding a wave of success as they aim for another productive year. Last year, they published or had in press 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, with eight as first authors, and collaborated on 21 peer-reviewed conference presentations, 12 as presenting first authors. Two students, university fellow Ariel Hoadley and part-time student/full-time employee Amber Davidson, were particularly productive. For Amber, this means being currently funded by not one, not two, but three research grants as a PI or multi-PI. Last year, she was awarded two new grants: a mentored research grant ($10,000) from ARDRAW (Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work) as PI; and another research grant ($15,000) as co-PI with Dr. Beth Pfeiffer. She also submitted five journal articles (three as co-author, one as first author, and another under review) and had four first-author presentations at conferences. As for Ariel, she was a co-author on seven peer-reviewed journal articles (two as first author) and made it into double digits on presentations: a whopping 11, with three as first author. Congratulations, SBS doctoral students!
The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual disAbility Services honored two members of our research team with the Community Leadership Award of Excellence at the 30th Annual Brighter Futures Awards
Community Leadership Award recipients are persons who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and/or outcomes that support the needs of individuals with disabilities at the forefront related to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure an everyday life for all.