Occupational therapist and researcher Susan L. Garber from Baylor College of Medicine was selected to receive the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. The award will be offered at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in April.
This award, named after Eleanor Clarke Slagle honoring her pioneer work as an occupational therapist, recognizes members of the association that made major contributions to developing knowledge in their professional fields through education, research and clinical practice. Garber will be awarded for her study in advancing management and education of pressure ulcers or bedsores.
“I am overwhelmed to receive the highest award within the profession of occupational therapy. This is the culmination of years of passionate work in this area,” she said in a press release.
Garber made important contributions regarding the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers in patients suffering with spinal cord traumas, and published several papers in the field. In 1975, she started working on the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) project, funded by the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M, and The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR). Garber joined Baylor’s faculty in 1980 and worked for 19 years as a researcher at TIRR and 10 more at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In 1990, she participated as a federal panel member of the American Occupational Therapy Association to develop guidelines to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. In 1996, she integrated a guideline panel for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Garber is currently a consultant and a professor at BCM. This award is a recognition of fifty years of her devoted work in occupational therapy research. She is also thankful to all the support from Baylor and commented: “I am very grateful that Baylor has supported me in many areas throughout this career.”