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09-20-2016

Hammecker-McLean Appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Clarkson University

Cindy Hammecker-McLean has been appointed clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy at Clarkson University.

Cindy Hammecker-McLeanShe received her associate of applied science degree in occupational therapy assistant from the College of DuPage, her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Southern Indiana and her master of science in health and wellness promotion from the California College for Health Sciences.

Hammecker-McLean's primary clinical background is in working with individuals with neurological impairments with a special interest and practice focus on adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and strokes. She has worked with individuals with TBIs in in-patient, outpatient, community re-entry and return-to-work capacities. She also developed and ran a neurological disabilities support group in the North Country.

Prior to this post at Clarkson, Hammecker-McLean was a staff occupational therapist with Health Services of Northern New York, where she provided direct therapy services to home-bound individuals with the goal of promoting their independence. She also was responsible for training personal care givers and home health aides in occupational therapy.

From 2000-2013, she worked as staff occupational therapist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where she directed outpatient therapy with adults and some children with neurological deficits and hand therapy and led therapy services in acute care.

Hammecker-McLean has teaching experience from posts at SUNY Canton where she served as interim director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for two years and was an instructor/academic fieldwork coordinator for the program.

She has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference on the NUDIST software program for analyzing qualitative data and on the role of awareness in traumatic brain injury recovery; and she is a past member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators through AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, which is the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education.

She also co-authored a chapter with Charles H. Christiansen on "Self-Care for Older Adults" in Bette Bonder's publication Functional Performance in Older Adults.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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