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Cristina Reyes Smith

Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L

Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions
Division of Occupational Therapy
151-B Rutledge Ave, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B319

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  • OTD Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University (2010)
  • MS Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina (2006)
  • BA Art History, College of Charleston (2000)

Areas of Teaching

  • Delivery and Management of Occupational Therapy Services
  • Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy
  • Leadership and Advocacy for Occupational Therapy
  • Consumer Access to Occupational Therapy
  • Developmental Disabilities

Recent Publications

  • Horowitz, B. P., Lopez, A., & Smith, C. R. (2018). Culturally competent strategies: Evidence and case studies to improve health and occupational participation in the United States, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, DOI: 10.1080/14473828.2018.1432313
  • Vesely, P. & Smith, C. R. (2016). Alegría: A dance-based community health education program for Spanish-speaking families. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections: A Supplement to OT Practice, 1(1), 4-5.
  • Wilson, S., Anvarizadeh, A. Drazen, C. H., Holland, D., Kwebetchou, N., Smith, C. R., & Skowronski, J. (2015). Diversity in the workforce: Perspectives from emerging leaders. OT Practice Magazine, 20(21), 19-20.
  • Smith, C.R., Drazen, C.H., & Toth-Cohen, S. (2014). No hablo inglés: Client-centered occupational therapy practice with Spanish-speaking clients, OT Practice Magazine, 19(22), 8-12.

Recent Presentations

  • Smith, C. R., Drazen, C. H., Anvarizadeh, A., de Arellano, M., Wilson, S., Smet, N., Skowronski, J., Bloom, P. J., Smith, K., Bennett, C., Chisholm, D., Dunbar, S., Gargin, K., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Banks, F. M., Gray, J. M., Faust, S., & van den Heever, N. “Promoting a Diverse Workforce in Occupational Therapy Through Student Recruitment and Retention.” AOTA National Conference Pre-Conference Institute, April 2017. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Horowitz, B., Cheng, P., Lopez, A., & Smith, C. R. “Occupational Therapy for All: Addressing the Needs of Diverse People and Communities.” AOTA National Conference Short Course, April 2017. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Drazen, C. H., Anvarizadeh, A., & Smith, C. R. “The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity.” 2016 Academic Leadership Council and Fieldwork Educators Meeting, October 2016. San Diego, CA.
  • Smith, C. R., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Drazen, C. H., Colon, A., Stoffel, A., & Husband, M. “Terapia Pediátrica: Culturally‐Responsive OT Practice with Spanish‐Speaking Children and Their Families.” American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference, Apr 2016. Chicago, IL.
  • Drazen, C. H., Anvarizadeh, A., Kwebetchou, N., Smith, C. R., Wilson, S., Skowronski, J., & Pearson, A. “Developing a Diverse Workforce:  Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Occupational Therapy Student Body.” AOTA National Conference, Apr 2016. Chicago, IL.
  • Smith, C.R. “Current Topics and Trends in Pediatric Practice: Client-Centered Occupational Therapy Practice with Spanish-Speaking Clients.” SCOTA State Conference, Feb 2016. Charleston, SC.
  • Smith, C.R. “No Hablo Ingles: Cultural Considerations for Service Delivery with Spanish-Speaking Populations.” MUSC College of Health Professionals Student Health Professionals United in Recognizing Diversity (SHPURD) Hispanic-American Heritage Month Presentation, Oct 2015. Charleston, SC.
  • Drazen, C. H., Anvarizadeh, A., Holland, D.; Kwebetchou, N.; Smith, C. R., Skowronski, J., & Wilson, S.. "Promoting a Diverse Workforce: Actualizing the Centennial Vision." AOTA National Conference, Apr 2015. Nashville, TN.
  • Smith, C.R., Anvarizadeh, A., Holland, D., Drazen, C. H., Kwebetchou, N.  & Wilson, S. "Diversity in the Workforce: Perspectives from Emerging Leaders." AOTA National Conference, Apr 2014. Baltimore, MD.
  • Smith, C.R, Glessman, K., Grimsley, A., & Simermeyer, J. "Sensorimotor Success – Sensorimotor Activities and Strategies to Enhance Daily Life." Family Connections of South Carolina, 2014. Columbia, SC.
  • Smith, C.R. "Common Spanish and Sign Language for Pediatric Practice." SCOTA Lowcountry District Fall Meeting and Continuing Education Sessions, 2013. Charleston, SC.
  • Smith, C.R., Hoyt, C., Toth-Cohen, S., Holland, D., Vesely, P., Will, K., & Miller, K. "No Hablo Ingles: Client-Centered Occupational Therapy Practice with Spanish-Speaking Clients." AOTA National Conference, Apr 2013. San Diego, CA.

Recent Honors & Awards

  • College of Health Professions Black History Month Achievement in Diversity Award, 2018
  • Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity Award, 2018
  • Nominated for MUSC Educator-Mentor Award, 2017
  • Nominated for Earl B. Higgins University Leadership in Diversity Award, 2017
  • Emily L. Moore and J. Herman Blake CARE Fund Award for Pioneer Volunteer Faculty Leaders in the CARES Therapy Clinic, 2013
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging Leaders Development Program Participant, 2012

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