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Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Member, Occupational Therapy, SAHP, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Publications    Book Review - Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Reviewer. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Peer reviewed scientific journal. September 2012.

    ( 9/2012 ) Link...
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (Javherian, H., & Underwood, R.)"Domestic Violence Statement: Occupational Therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence." 12th Edition of the Reference Manual of the Official Documents of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc

    ( 12/2011 )
  • Reviewer. Jones & Bartlett. Book Proposal – Meaningful Living Through Occupation. June 2009. ( 6/2009 )
  Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Javaherian, H., Christy, A., & Boehringer, M. (2008). "Occupational Therapy Practitioner?s Comfort Level and Preparedness in working with Individuals who are Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual." Journal of Allied Health Professions, 37(3), 150-155.  ( 11/2008 - 12/2008 )
    Occupational therapists and other allied health professionals address diversity with their clients which includes sexual orientation. The purpose of this study was to determine occupational therapy practitioners? preparedness and comfort level in working with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients. A 14-item survey was mailed to 1,051 practitioners in a Midwestern state. Eighty eight were undeliverable and 373 usable surveys were returned yielding a 39% response rate. A majority of the respondents felt prepared and comfortable to work with clients who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual and 48% agreed that sexuality influences occupational choices. Twenty-nine percent agreed that sexual orientation influences occupational therapy treatment. Less than 20% of the respondents however, received education and used inclusive language in their documentation and only 14% reported having resources and supports services for clients who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Effective education and policy-making strategies are necessary to ensure an accepting therapeutic environment and respect for the role of sexual orientation in the intervention process.
  • Javaherian, H., Krabacher, V., Andriacco, K., & German, D. "Surviving domestic violence: Rebuilding one?s life." Occupational Therapy in Health Care 21.3 (2007): 35-59. ( 1/2007 )
    The purpose of this study was to contribute to occupational therapists? understanding of the experience of domestic violence, its impact on the lives of women, and the needs of these women as they journey towards independent and abuse-free lives. A phenomenological design was used to explore the experiences of five women living at a battered women?s shelter and five women who had been at the shelter and were now living on their own free of abuse. Five themes emerged to describe the women?s experiences of rebuilding their lives: 1) ?You owe yourself a life,? 2) ?It?s really all about connecting the dots,? 3) ?I don?t have an ounce of time to myself,? 4) It gets hard,? and 5) ?That was the road I traveled but this is now the road that I?m on.? The experiences of these women provide pause for occupational therapists to reflect upon their role in working with survivor?s of domestic violence.
  • Gallew, H.. "Students teaching students: Learning through doing, being and becoming." Occupational Therapy in Health Care: Education Corner 19.3 (2006): 105-117. ( 1/2006 )
    This paper describes a creative teaching strategy that may be used by occupational therapy educators. The strategy is illustrated through the learning experience of five occupational therapy students in Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) who participated in a project which involved teaching first year occupational therapy students. With guidance from their faculty advisor, the students developed a lecture on Occupational Science and designed a pre and posttest instrument to measure the first-year student?s learning as well as their own performance and learning. Qualitative data from the five PTE students provided insight into their teaching experience. This project afforded an opportunity for the students to apply and strengthen their problem-solving, interpersonal, and leadership skills, and teamwork. The doing aspect of preparing a lecture required various skills and knowledge that will benefit the students as future practitioners. The actual teaching of others allowed the students to experience being in the role of an educator. Such learning activities help to prepare students for their journey to becoming occupational therapists.
  • Gallew, H., & Mu, K.. "An occupational look at temporal adaptation." Journal of Occupational Science 11.1 (2004): 23-30. ( 1/2004 )
    This phenomenological study describes the lived-experiences of night shift and the adaptive strategies used by night shift nurses. Eleven night shift nurses working in the nursery and birthing centers of two affiliated Midwestern hospitals in the United States participated in the study. Face to face, semi-structured individual interviews were conducted and data were analyzed using a qualitative approach to discover patterns and themes. Two themes emerged that reflected the lived experiences of the night shifters: (1) Living by night, sleeping by day: The masquerade, and (2) Relationships and family lives: A kaleidoscope. Two additional themes were identified to describe the adaptive strategies of the night shifters: (3) A ?just do it? attitude and (4) Tactics for nightlife. Findings of the study suggest that the temporal challenges and demands of night shift disrupt occupational routines, which are strongly influenced by the diurnal nature of humans. Many of the night shift nurses made sacrifices in order to fulfill their life-roles and re-establish meaningful occupational routines. As they struggled to adjust many also experienced feelings of guilt, as if they were wasting their day sleeping. The process of temporal adaptation to night shift is complex and continuous and affects all domains of the night shifter?s life.
  • Gallew, H., Haltiwanger, E., Sowers, J., & van Heever, N.. "A critical analysis of mental health parity." Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 20.1 (2004): -. ( 1/2004 )
  • Gallew, H.. "The benefits of online learning in occupational therapy." Occupational Therapy in Health Care 18.1/2 (2004): 117-125. ( 1/2004 )
  • Javaherian, H., Krabacher, V., Andriacco, K., & German, D.. "Surviving domestic violence: Rebuilding one's life." Occupational Therapy in Health Care . (): -. (*)
    The purpose of this study was to contribute to occupational therapists? understanding of the experience of domestic violence, its impact on the lives of women, and the needs of these women as they journey towards independent and abuse-free lives. A phenomenological design was used to explore the experiences of five women living at a battered women?s shelter and five women who had been at the shelter and were now living on their own free of abuse. Five themes emerged to describe the women?s experiences of rebuilding their lives: 1) ?You owe yourself a life,? 2) ?It?s really all about connecting the dots,? 3) ?I don?t have an ounce of time to myself,? 4) It gets hard,? and 5) ?That was the road I traveled but this is now the road that I?m on.? The experiences of these women provide pause for occupational therapists to reflect upon their role in working with survivor?s of domestic violence.
  Books and Chapters   Non-Scholarly Journals
  • Javaherian, H., & Freire, M. (Accepted, 2010). Drama: Still a tool for healing and understanding. Mental Health Special Interest Quarterly Newsletter. ( 7/2010 )
  • Javaherian, H., & Hewitt, L. (2007, August 13). At-risk youth: An opportunity to grow. OT Practice. 7-9. ( 8/2007 )
  • Thomas, H., & Javaherian, H. (2007, April). The Centennial Vision and the EDSIS. Submitted to the American Occupational Therapy Association Education Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter. ( 4/2007 ) Link...
  • Javaherian, H., & Billock, C."What do we mean by occupational therapy doctorate education." OTAC Newsletter 01 04 2007: 13 - 15 ( 4/2007 )
  • Javaherian, H., Underwood, R., & Delaney, J."Domestic violence statement: Occupational therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence." 12th Edition of the Reference Manual of the Official Documents of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 01 09 2006: ( 9/2006 )
  • Javaherian, H."Domestic violence and occupational therapy." OT Practice 01 08 2006: 12 - 16 ( 8/2006 )
  • Javherian, H."Domestic violence and occupational therapy." OT Practice 01 06 2006: 12 - 16 ( 6/2006 )
  • Gallew, H."Classroom Assessment Techniques." Education Special Interest Section 01 01 2005: 1 - 1 ( 1/2005 )
  • Gallew, H."In the clinic: Domestic violence." OT Practice 01 01 2004: 20 - 22 ( 1/2004 )
  • Haltiwnger, E., Gallew, H., Sowers, J., & van den Heever, N."A cricitcal analysis of mental health parity bills before congress." Mental Health Special Interest Section 01 01 2002: 1 - 3 ( 1/2002 )