Jennifer Lape, OTD, OTR/L

Jennifer Lape
Assistant Professor
412-365-1559
Eastside - 261

Hometown:  Mt. Pleasant, PA
Joined Chatham:  2009

ACADEMIC AREAS OF INTEREST

Evidence-based practice, Gerontology, Administration and Management of Rehab Services, Teambuilding and Inter-professional Collaboration, Kawa Model

PERSONAL AREAS OF INTEREST

Baking, reading, mountain biking, travelling, taking piano lessons, and camping.

BIOGRAPHY

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and both her Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including pediatrics (home and school-based), acute care, home health, and skilled nursing, with the majority of her practice in geriatrics in the roles of clinician, clinical consultant, and manager of rehab services. Jennifer's primary areas of interest include sensory processing and the use of multisensory environments to increase quality of life for clients with dementia, evidence-based practice, strategies to improve collaboration among multidisciplinary rehab teams, and the Kawa model. She has presented at state and national conferences on a variety of topics and recently co-authored the text, Research for the Health Professional, which was designed to be a practical guide for research and evidence-based practice for a variety of healthcare students and professionals. Jennifer also enjoys playing the piano, baking, reading, and getting away with her husband to their cabin in the woods when she gets the chance.

EDUCATION
  • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Chatham Universtiy, 2008
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Chatham University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
ORGANIZATIONS
PUBLICATIONS
 CERTIFICATIONS 
 AWARDS
  • Faculty Technology Fellowship, Chatham University, Awarded June 2015
 PRESENTATIONS
  • Lape, J.E., Scaife, B.D., & Rodriguez, J. (2008, October 3). The Homeward Bound program, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, King of Prussia, PA.
  • Lape, J.E. (2009, October 30). Snoezelen in the SNF, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lape, J.E. (2010, April 30). Using a multisensory environment to decrease negative behaviors in clients with dementia, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Lape, J.E., & Scaife, B.D. (2010, October 22). Non-traditional applications of the KAWA Model, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 22, 2010.
  • Lape, J.E. (2011, November 5). Snoezelen in dementia care. Professional presentation, Penn State Mont Alto 5th Annual Education Day, Mont Alto, PA.
  • Lape, J.E., & Scaife, B.D. (2011, April 15). Non-traditional applications of the KAWA Model, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lape, J.E. (2014, June 17). Using the KAWA Model for teambuilding & managing staff stress & burnout, Professional Presentation, World-Japan KAWA Model International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Hissong, A., & Lape, J. (2014, October). Deconstructing the myths about research and evidence-based practice: The truth about the process. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, King of Prussia, PA.
  • Benevides, T., Lorch, A., Mollo, K., Gorenberg, M, & Lape, J. (2015, April). (SIS) EDSIS Annual Program: Capturing outcomes—Strategies for everyday practice in academic and clinical environments. . Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Lape, J. (2015, July 16). Establishing and using a multi-sensory environment in a SNF, Professional Presentation, Centre Crest, Bellefonte, PA.
  • Lape, J., Ionadi, C., Lukose, A., Mitchell, D., & Yoneda, J. (2015, October 24). Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Kawa: Effect on Client Care, Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Scranton, PA.
  • Lape, J., & Provident, I. (2016, April 7). Demonstrating Impact of OT: Aligning Evidence-Based Projects with the Triple Aim of Healthcare & the Centennial Vision, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lape, J., Lukose, A., Mitchell, D., & Yoneda, J. (2016, April 8). Use of the KAWA Model to Increase Interprofessional Collaboration & Quality Care. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lape, J., Kelder, S., Kardachi, J., DeAngelis, T., Mollo, K., & Kornblau, B. (2016, April 10). EDSIS: Handling Student Issues, Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Skaletski, E., Copney, J., Landen, C., Panova, A., & Lape, J. (2016, October 14). Effects of Multisensory Environment use for Dementia. Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, Lancaster, PA.
  • Lape, J., & Scaife, B. (2016, October 15). Teambuilding for OT Practitioners and Leaders. Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, Lancaster, PA.
  • Lape, J. (2016, November 18). Using Storify, a Digital Curation Tool, to Promote Student Engagement & Learning in Online Education. Professional Presentation/Express Workshop, Online Learning Consortium Accelerate Conference 2016, Orlando, FL.
  • Lape, J. (2017, February 27). Conflict management and resolution, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, PA.
  • Lape, J., Skaletski, E., Copney, J., Landen, C., & Panova, A. (2017, March 31). Use of Multisensory Environments in Dementia Care: What’s the Evidence? Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lape, J. (2017, April 1). Using Storify to Promote Student Engagement & Learning [Tech Day presentation]. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lape, J.E., & Scaife, B.D. (2017, October 7). Exploring Use of the KAWA Model for Teambuilding. Professional Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, State College, PA.
  • Lape, J. (2017, October 25). Dementia & sensory-based treatments, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lape, J. (2018, February 26). Impact of personality type of conflict management & resolution, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lape, J. (2018, March 16). Brain color: Preparing & accepting feedback. Professional Presentation, Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium: Small Changes Advancing Learning, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lape, J., & Scaife, B. (2018, April 19). An Exploratory Study Using the Kawa Model for Team Building Among Rehabilitative Professionals. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Hissong, A., & Lape, J. (2018, February 26). Research for the Health Professional: Exploring the text & instructor’s guide, Webinar, FA Davis, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hissong, A., & Lape, J. (2018, October 16). Deconstructing the myths about research & evidence-based practice: Being real about the process, Webinar, FA Davis, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lape, J. (2018, October 24). Sensory-based treatments beyond pediatrics: Their role in dementia care, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lape, J. (2019, February 20). Innovations in geriatric care: Multisensory environments: A non-pharmacological intervention for managing behaviors in clients with dementia, Continuing Education Live Webinar, OccupationalTherapy.com.
  • Lape, J. (2019, February 25). How to handle conflict based on your personality, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lape, J. (2019, March 11). Opening the lines of communication with YouTube Capture. Professional Presentation, Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Provident, I., & Lape, J. (2019, April 5). Capstone projects aligned with the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare and promoting the distinct value of OT services. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Newbury, R., & Lape, J. (2019, April 6). Use of the Kawa model for aging in place interventions with older adults. Professional Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lape, J. (2019. May 6). Occupational science in the community: Use of telehealth to mitigate occupational injustices, Guest Lecture, The University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Lape, J. (2019, June 28). Teambuilding for practitioners and leaders, Continuing Education Live Webinar, OccupationalTherapy.com.
  • Lape, J. (2019, September 10). Application of the Kawa Model in geriatrics, Continuing Education Live Webinar, OccupationalTherapy.com.
  • Lape, J. (2019, November 6). Quality assurance & performance improvement in skilled nursing, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
  • Lape, J. (2020, March 9). Considering personality type for success in the work environment, Guest Lecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.