Keynote Speakers (confirmed)

Among our Keynote Speakers for the COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2021 will be:

Josh Cameron, PhD, Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, University of Brighton, UK

Dr Josh Cameron is Reader in Occupational Therapy and member of the university's research centre of excellence – the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. He worked as an occupational therapist in adult mental health services before becoming a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of Brighton. Resilience is a central area of his research. He became interested in resilience while researching the return-to-work experiences of workers with mental health problems for his PhD. This research found that resilience arose from a combination of internal and external factors and found that this understanding of resilience can help explain how people can be supported to return to work in a sustainable manner that respects their well-being.
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Dr. Christine Chapparo, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr. Christine Chapparo is a senior lecturer/researcher and course director at the school of occupational therapy, University of Sydney Australia. She performed her PhD in clinical reasoning of occupational therapists at Macquarie Australia. Dr. Chapparo’s research has included occupational therapy theory development, ecological assessment of cognitive strategy application, effect of strategies to improve school performance of children with sensory processing and learning disorders, understanding resilience in traumatized children, and the impact of orthotic, casting and physical guidance interventions on upper limb and hand function. She received awards for excellent teaching and post-graduate supervision excellence, executed invited keynote lectures at national and international congresses, and teaches the PRPP assessment and intervention courses internationally. She is the founder of many occupational therapy models and practices including the Occupational Performance Model Australia, The Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform system of task analyses and intervention.
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Professor Maud Graff, Radboud University, the Netherlands

Professor Maud Graff’s is professor in occupational therapy. Her research line is on methodologically sound development, implementation and evaluation of person-centered occupational therapy and interdisciplinary psychosocial, allied healthcare and rehabilitation interventions. Her research has a specific focus on people with a combination of mental, physical and social problems, such as frail older people, people with dementia, with Parkinson’s disease and people with other chronic diseases (person’s perspective), their informal caregivers (family perspective) and the quality of care delivery (professional perspective) in hospital, rehabilitation/nursing home, outpatient and primary care (organizational/network perspective). Interventions are directed on improving clients’ and caregivers’ autonomy, self-management, and participation in meaningful activities to improve their quality of life and health. She is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK (since 2015).
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Professor Pat McKee, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada

Pat McKee is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto where, for 27 years, she taught anatomy, hand therapy, biomechanics, orthotics (splinting), ergonomics and occupational therapy for musculoskeletal conditions to students and therapists. Pat was the 2013 honoured hand therapist at the Philadelphia Hand Meeting; invited international hand therapist at the 2014 Brazilian Congress of Hand Surgery; 2015 keynote speaker at the European Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy meeting; and an invited instructor at the 2016 IFSHT Congress. She co-authored the textbook Orthotics in Rehabilitation: Splinting the Hand and Body, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including one in the upcoming 7th edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity entitled Client-centered Bio-occupational Framework for Orthotic Intervention. In 2011, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists gave Pat the annual award for Innovative Practice and in 2014 awarded her their Life Membership Award. Pat was the recipient of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists Lifetime Membership Award in 2016. In 2019 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. In recent years, she has collaborated with Anne Agur, anatomy professor at the University of Toronto to develop educational media called the “Anatomy Glove Learning System”, which is now being used by students, therapists and university instructors in over 30 countries worldwide. Pat McKee is invited to share her experienced perspective on promoting resilience in the individual client in OT practice.
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Mgr. Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová

Mgr. Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová is occupational therapist and supervisor working in the field of mental health care. She has experience with work in training club for people with mental illness and is a leader in community mental health care service in Prague. She works as a supervisor and consultant for therapists and teams in social and health care services. Since 2016 is a coach in Train the Trainer Model CARe. She participates in building the recovery and resilience in mental health practice in the Czech Republic.
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Mgr. et Mgr. Marek Vácha, Ph.D.

Marek Orko Vácha was born on 14 September 1966, in Brno, in a Catholic family. Since 1977, he’s served as an altar boy in the Church of St. Thomas in Brno. The group of altar boys was in fact also an undercover scout troop. Since 1976, Marek began to attend their camps in the village Skála. At his first camp, he was given the nickname “Orko”. In 1981, the troop began organizing tent camps nearby the village Mysletín. In his youth, Marek developed a great interest in nature and he learned to study animals in their natural environment with his uncle – a biologist – and his friends. He graduated from the Faculty of Sciences in Brno, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Then, in 1990, he continued with studies of theology in Olomouc and he spent his fourth year of studies in Brussels. The study was too much time-consuming for him to be able to actively engage in Scouting at the same time. Nevertheless, he at least took part in the camps. He and his friends began to organize co-educational camps for high school students. Orko passed the “Oikos” leadership course and worked for several years as an instructor. In 2002, he spent half a year living in a Trappist monastery in France. He currently works as the head of the Institute of Ethics of the third Faculty of Medicine. At the same time, he is a parish priest in Lechovice and a chaplain at the Holy Savior. Marek Vácha is also a writer and has published nine books.
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