2022 Annual Conference

Thank you to all who came and attended the 2022 NJOTA Annual Conference!




The NJOTA Annual Conference will be back in person this year on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
at  Rutgers School of Health Professions 
Stanley S. Bergen Building
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107-1709
Earn 7.25 contact hours!

The theme for this year will be
Occupational Therapy: Staying Curious in a Busy World

With Keynote speaker Dr. Kristie Patten!

The conference will be made up of a variety of workshops, short courses, posters and exhibitor hall.

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A light breakfast along with lunch will be provided to attendees.
NJOTA is trying to make this conference as eco-friendly as possible. So what does that mean for you?
Most presenter resources will be electronic so consider bringing a laptop to iPad to help you follow along.
A lot of opportunities will have QR codes so having your phones will be a big help to navigating the conference.
Bring a reusable water bottle. The Rutgers building has water bottle filling stations on almost every floor so please bring a reusable bottle for water as we will not have water bottles available at the conference.

Discount will be offered for NJOTA members. Not a member? Become one today!

Regular Attendee - $225
NJOTA Member Regular Attendee- $175
Students - $50

Please direct all questions to [email protected].

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Kristie Patten

Title: Finding our Strengths: Understanding the impact of Professional Bias

No one builds their lives on remediated weaknesses. No one. Who does a deficit based approach benefit? Those we serve or the professional community? Do our current models of practice support flourishing? Our professional biases make it hard for us to see not only how our practice may be getting it wrong, but understand how the systems in place perpetuate deficit based models. A paradigm shift to a strength-based model that interrogates the educational, research and practice systems we work in will be proposed. It is a shift that we must see, speak and act on. Our vulnerability and willingness to rethink is our strength that will meet the changing needs of society.

Dr. Kristie Patten is Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University. Her research examines strength based practices in inclusive public school settings. She authored a Strength Based Frame of Reference for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum as a guide for practice and her work has been recognized with the awarding of AOTA’s 2021 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship. Dr. Patten is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for autistic students. She is currently Co-PI of an NSF grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of autistic middle school students to develop social competence and potential career pathways. Dr. Patten has published extensively and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model.