May 2021 College of Health Professions updates from Dean Zoher F. Kapasi

Zoher F. Kapasi
May 10, 2021
Dean Kapasi

Dear CHP alumni and donors,

This month we have many reasons to celebrate. First, I would like to congratulate all the students who graduated this month. I’m proud of their dedication and perseverance! I am also pleased to announce that all our faculty and staff have transitioned back to working on campus. Students will continue to complete their didactic coursework online and attend labs on campus through the summer semester.

I hope you will join me in celebrating these wins and several other recent achievements from the college.

  • Amanda Giles, OTD, OTR/L, and Emily Grattan, Ph.D., OTR/L, faculty members in the Division of Occupational Therapy, recently published an article in the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education titled "Collaborating with Transitional Care Unit to Provide Student Hands-On Time: A Win-Win for Hospital and Academic Institution.”
  • James Krause, Ph.D., will be receiving the Excellence Award for outstanding leadership in spinal cord injury or disorders (SCI/D) health care from the American Paraplegia Society. Additionally, Krause was recently named a Distinguished University Professor by the MUSC Board of Trustees.
  • Aaron Embry, DPT, Ph.D., received the 2021 Excellence in Diversity Award for CHP.
  • Craig Velozo, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, delivered his Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture at the American Occupational Therapy Association virtual conference in April.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy student Sasha Schneider was awarded the South Carolina American Physical Therapy Association Outstanding Student of the Year award.
  • The following faculty members have been approved for promotion, effective July 1, 2021:
    • Sara Kraft, DPT – professor
    • Na Jin Seo, Ph.D. – professor
    • Yue Cao, Ph.D. – associate professor
    • Thomas Crawford, MBA, Ph.D. – affiliate associate professor
    • Patrick McNeal, MS – assistant professor
    • Megan E. Fulton, MSPAS, PA-C – adjunct assistant professor

I want to thank you for your continued support, and I hope that you and your loved ones continue to stay well. 

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
Dean and professor
College of Health Professions