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Students, professors and volunteers are invited to pursue research projects in partnership with CRECER.

Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR

Árbol de la Vida: A Contextually Grounded Model for Occupational Therapy Practice


Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR, Siobahn Manion, MOT, OTR/L and Tanisha Monte, MOT, OTR/L

Perceptions of International Service Learning Site Stakeholders:

Using Students To Increase Occupational Therapy Services in Underserved Areas


Crystal Barchacky, MOT, OTR/L, Janet Bucey, OTD, OTR and Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR

Occupational Comparison of children with disabilities in

Ecuador, Germany and the United States


Joyce Salls, OTD, OTR

Support Groups for Caregivers: Voices from Ecuador

The purpose of the project was to explore parents’ perceptions of the impact of the CRECER mother's support group: what motivated parents to attend such a group, what their hopes and expectations were and if they were met, and any suggestions they had for future groups. Interviewed were 11 parents of the children who attend CRECER who attend the monthly parent support group. Themes included personal growth, mutual support, and social connectedness.                                              2018

Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR/L

Combining online education with international service learning

to increase cultural competence


This evidence-based course content was designed to develop cultural competence among occupational and physical therapy students who traveled to Ecuador in August of 2015 to work with CRECER.  Pre-trip preparation included online and in-person components to increase self-awareness, awareness of other cultures, knowledge about Ecuadorian culture and skill-building.  On-site activities included exploration of the physical and social context in addition to providing occupational and physical therapy treatment in a variety of settings.  A pre-test/post-test format showed a change in students from the level of culturally aware to culturally competent.  Keane, E., & Provident, I. (2017).  Combining Online Education with International Service Learning to Increase Cultural Competence.   Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 15(3).

Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR/L and Joyce Salls, OTD, OTR/L

Globally connected: Creating Interprofessional Opportunities for Students in Ecuador.


Carole Dennis, ScD, OT/L, FAOTA, Lynn Gitlow, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, and  

Elaine Keane, OTD, OTR/L

International Service Learning: A Model Program and What Students are Learning


Interested in conducting a research project in conjunction with CRECER? Contact us.
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