Caren M. Schranz, DrOT, OTR/L

  Assistant Professor
  708-235-7344 ext. 7344
  Office Location: G 145
  Office Hours: Wed., 1 - 3 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m. - Noon, or by Appointment
  College: CHHS
  Occupational Therapy
  

 

Caren Schranz DrOT, MS, OTR/L

 

Occupational Therapy is a profession that I am passionate about and I am committed to providing a strong learning platform for students to become future OT practitioners.  

At Governors State University, I teach in the College of Health and Human Services in the Department of Occupational Therapy, in both the Post Professional Doctor (DrOT) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Programs. I hold a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University, Chicago, IL and a Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Governors State University.

I enjoy teaching the Pediatric Assessment and Intervention I course. I elevate students to be strong in knowledge regarding pediatric development and conditions as well as compassionate future practitioners for children and their families. As a practicing pediatric therapist, I bring current and real-life examples and cases into the classroom to support student learning. I also teach Instructional Methods in the doctoral program and Management of Occupational Therapy in the Master program. Both courses allow the students to develop leadership skills and develop programs so they can manage and lead departments and be future agents of change and potential entrepreneurs. 

I am also the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the MOT program. In this role, I teach fieldwork related courses on professionalism, interpersonal relationship and supervision. I am responsible for securing and assigning fieldwork opportunities for students to gain entry-level competency.

My research agenda is focused primarily on children and families and understanding how to support participation in everyday life activities.  Coaching caregivers to generate strategies to support children with disabilities in play is a strong focus of mine.  This allows me to collaborate with families in local communities to hopefully bring about a change in their lives. I value being a presenter at national AOTA and state ILOTA conferences.

At GSU, I am involved in several committees at the department, college and university levels. I take seriously my role as a member of the OT faculty and the continual work within the department. I value the relationship with the Family Development Center at GSU to support the overall health and well-being of the children they serve. I also value my involvement on Graduate Council to support policy of the university’s graduate programs. I serve on the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association board as the Sensory Integration chair.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Caren M. Schranz DrOT, MS, OTR/L

 

Education

  January 2009 – June 2011      GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY, University Park, IL 
                                                  Doctor of Occupational Therapy
                                                  Research Capstone Project: Participation in Play in Children with Sensory                                                                                Processing Dysfunction: Enabled by Caregiver Self-Initiated Solution Finding                                                                          Skills

June 1988- August 1990        RUSH UNIVERISITY, Chicago, IL

                                                    Master of Science Degree, Occupational Therapy

                                                   Thesis: Burnout among Occupational Therapists

 

June 1977-June 1981             ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY, Normal, IL

                                                Bachelor of Science Degree, Park and Recreation Administration

Teaching Experience

Fall 2013 – Present     GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY, University Park, IL

  Assistant Professor – Master of Occupational Therapy MOT Program and Doctor of          

  Occupational Therapy (DrOT) Program

  Academic Fieldwork Coordinator- MOT Program

                                        DrOT Capstone Research Faculty Member

 

Fall 2011- July 2013    GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY, University Park, IL

                                    University Lecturer- Master of Occupational Therapy courses and Doctor of                                                                            Occupational Therapy Courses

                                    Academic Fieldwork Coordinator – MOT Program

                                    DrOT Capstone Research Faculty Member 

                                    Ukraine teaching in service learning project

Fall 1996- 2009           GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY, University Park, IL

Adjunct Faculty; Co-Fieldwork Coordinator

Program Development– Assisted in the development, design, and implementation of the new Master of Occupational Therapy graduate curriculum program; contributed to development of the new student admission and interview packet; and served on the admissions committee. Assisted in course development and teaching of curriculum courses.

Accreditation Participant- Participated in preparation for the on-site accreditation visit and met with the on-site accreditation team

Professional Clinical Experience

1995- Present             Kids Connection Therapy, Inc., Crete, IL

 

Kids Connection Therapy, Inc. - Pediatric therapy business owner and provider of therapy services to children birth to twelve years old and their families. Provider of Occupational Therapy services in the State of Illinois Early Intervention system and clinic-based services. Clinical Leader in the field. Employer of Occupational and Development Therapists; Clinician; Mentor; supervisor; billing CBO and insurance companies; payroll.

 

1990- 2007                  OLYMPIA FIELDS CONTRACT THERAPY, Olympia Fields, IL

 

Lead therapist contracted to SPEED Special Education Joint Agreement, District 802 (1995-2007). Staff therapist contracted to Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative, Indiana (1990-1995). Provided services for children from birth- 21 years of age for evaluation, direct service, consultative service, treatment plans, IEP development and reporting, and collaborative team meetings. Supervised certified occupational therapy assistants and completed yearly work evaluations.

 

1998- 2002                  INDEPENDENT DAYS ADULT CARE CENTER, Homewood, IL

 

Owner and operator of adult day services. Developed business plan and budget, secured location and financing, hired and supervised staff, marketed business, developed plan and implemented daily programing, developed and lead support group, and completed staffing and payroll duties.

 

1991- 1996                  ST. MARGARET AND MERCY HOSPITAL, Dyer, IN

                                    Home Care Division: assessment and treatment of home health care clients.

 

  Professional AffiliationsIllinois State Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist, 056-002561

Indiana State Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist, 31000481A

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 977149

Illinois Department for Human Services- Part C Early Intervention Credential, CS23050298P

American Occupational Therapy Association, member since 1988

Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, member since 1988

International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), member since 2012

 

Publications

 

Schranz, C., & Sane, A. (2017). Community Inclusion for Infants and Young Children. American Occupational Therapy Association, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2 (1).       

 

Sood, D., Schranz, C. & Szymanski, M. (2015). Enriched Home Environment Program for Pre-school Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Taylor & Francis Production: Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 8, (1).

  

Sood, D., Lavessor, P., & Schranz, C. (2014). Influence of Contextual Factors on Participation in Home Activities of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2, (3).

 

Schranz, C., Ferritis, J, Chukwu, T. (2016) Creating an Educational Experience to Support a Community of Caregivers of Children with SPD. Illinois Occupational Therapy Association – The Communique’, July/August/September Issue 3.

 

Sood, D., LoCure, G., Morrison, C. & Schranz, C. (under preparation). Supporting Children with Sensory Processing Differences in an Early Childhood Center. American Occupational Therapy Association, OT Practice Magazine.

 

Scholarly Projects

  Primary research advisor for Doctor of Occupational Therapy Capstone Projects completed.

Thomas, K. (August 2017) Mental Illness, Adolescents and the Role of the Occupational Therapist. Chair

(see letter of recommendation from Kellie Thomas)

 

Kvasnicka, R. (August 2016) The Effectiveness of the Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educators Skill Enhancement Program (OT-FESEP). Chair

 

Hughes, B. (March 2016) Caregiver Experiences and Perceptions of Enrolling a Spouse with Dementia in an Adult Day Center:  Process and Effects. Chair

 

Randle, D. (April 2015) Students’ Perceptions of Critical Thinking within a Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Chair

Babayeju, A. (November 2014) Impact of Visual Perceptual Educational Program on Early Childhood Educators’:  Knowledge Related to Topics on Visual Perception and its Impact on Classroom Participation among Children. Chair

 

Grants

2016                            Intellectual Life Grant - Schranz, C. & Wanka, E. (2016). (not awarded).                                   

                                       Governors State University Intellectual Life Committee

                                       Project Title: A Lecture Series:  Impact on Children and Families in the State of Illinois Early                                          Intervention System

 

2014                            Service Learning Seed Grant – Schranz. C. (awarded March 2014)

Governors State University Civic Engagement Steering Committee

Project Title:  OT Intervention Service Learning Project  

2005                            STARnet Grant – Schranz, C. (awarded 2005)

Illinois Regional STARnet Project, Illinois State Board of Education

Project Title:  Visual Support Strategies for the Pretending Place Community Event

2003                            STARnet Grant – Schranz, C. (awarded 2003)  

                                       Illinois Regional STARnet Project, Illinois State Board of Education

Project Title:  The Quiet Space

  Presentations

 

International

 

May 2012                    IMFAR (International Meeting for Autism Research), Toronto, Ontario Canada  

·         Poster Presentation: Effectiveness of the Collaboration Coaching Model when Working with Families of Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction.

Schranz, C., Sood, D.  

March 2012                YAI Network’s 33rd Annual International Conference, New York, New York

·         Short Course Presenter: Participation in Play in Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction: Enabled by Caregiver Self-Initiated Solution Finding Skills.

Schranz. C., Sood, D.

 

2010                            International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA

·         Poster Presentation: Practice Models to Facilitate Participation of Children with ASD in Home, School & Community Activities.

Sood, D., Zingerevich, C., & Schranz, C. (unable to present)   

 

  National/State

  November 2017         Illinois Occupational Therapy Association - 2017 Annual Conference, Bloomington/Normal,                                            IL

·         Short Course Presentation – Fieldwork 101:  Strategies for New Fieldwork Educators. Schranz, C. & ILAFWC members 

·         Short Course Presentation - Caregiver Support for Play with their Children with Developmental Delay. Schranz, C. & MOT students 

·         Led SIS Sensory Integration Roundtable, Schranz, C. as SIS Chair 

December 2017          Governors State University 2017 Master of Occupational Therapy Research Day,  University Park, IL

·         Caregivers’ Ability to Support Children with Developmental Disabilities in Play. MOT students with Schranz, C. research advisor

April 2017                   Governors State University – Research Day (2017), University Park, IL

  ·         Caregivers' Ability to Support Children with Developmental Disabilities in Play, Schranz, C. & MOT students 

November 2016         Illinois Occupational Therapy Association – 2016 State Conference, Naperville, IL

·         Short Course Presentation – Caregivers’ Ability to Support Children with Developmental Delays in Play. Schranz, C., Kalvelage, P., MOT students

 

·         Short Course Presentation – Effectiveness of the Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educator Skill Enhancement Program. Kvasnicka, R. & Schranz, C.

April 2016                   American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) - 2016National Conference, Chicago, IL  

·         Poster Presentation- Innovative Models of Learning for Fieldwork Education. Schranz, C.

April 2016                   Governors State University - Research Day Conference, University Park, IL

·         Poster Presentation - Student’s Perceptions of a Level I Psychosocial Fieldwork, Schranz, C. & MOT students

October 2015             Governors State University - MOT Research Day, University Park, IL  

·         Poster Presentation - Student’s Perceptions of a Level I Psychosocial Fieldwork, Schranz, C. & MOT students

October 2015             Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, St. Charles, IL

Accepted Presentations:

·         Workshop: Collaboration With Fieldwork Partners: Thinking Outside the Box,

Schranz, C, & AFWC (Fieldwork consortium)

·         Pre-Conference Institute (co-coordination): Educating Future OT Practitioners: Models for Fieldwork Supervision, Schranz, C. & AFWC

·         Poster Presentation: Students’ Perceptions on Psychosocial Level I Fieldwork, Schranz, C., Carr, C., Kalvelage, P.,  MOT students

April 2015                   American Occupational Therapy Association (AOAT) - 2015 Annual Conference, Nashville,                                             TN

·         Poster Presentation: Enriched Home Environment Program for Pre-School Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sood, D., Schranz, C, Szymanski, M.

 

April 2015                   Governors State University – Research Salon: Impact of Environments on Children with                                                   Disabilities, University Park, IL

·         Presentation: Impact of the Social Environment of Daily Occupations of Children with Disabilities. Sood, D. & Schranz, C.  

October 2014             Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Naperville, IL  

·         Presentation: 12th Annual Ad Hoc Commission on Education- Pre-Conference Institute: Modeling Professional Practice: Practical Strategies for Fieldwork Supervision. Contributing Author  

·         Poster Presentation: Supports and Barriers to a Level II Homecare Fieldwork Experience. Schranz, C., Robinson, M., Tuuk, A.

·         Poster Presentation: Influence of Culture on the Occupational Therapy Process in the Early Intervention System. Sood, D., Schranz, C. & MOT Students

·         Presentation: Impact of Home Environment on Participation among Children with ASD as Perceived by Occupational Therapy Practitioners. Sood, D. & Schranz, C.

August 2014               Governors State University - Master of Occupational Therapy Research Day  

·         Presentation: Providing Family Centered Care when Working with Families & Children from Diverse Cultures- Perceptions of Occupational Therapy Students. Sood, D., Schranz, C. & MOT Students.

April 2014                   Midwestern Deans Occupational Therapy Research Conference, Downers Grove, IL

·         Paper Presentation: Impact of Enriched Home Environment Program (EHEP) on   Participation of Children with Autism

·         Poster Presentation: Parents Ability to Generate Strategies to Support Home and Community Participation in Children with Disabilities

·         Poster Presentation: Perceptions of Occupational Therapy Practitioners Related to Influence of Contextual Factors on Child with ASD’s Participation within the Home Environment

Conference Cancelled

 

April 2014                   American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MA

·         Poster Presentation: Parents’ Ability to Generate Strategies To Facilitate Home and Community Participation in Children with Disabilities

October 2013             Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Peoria, IL

                                      ·         Presentation: Co-presenter- 11th Annual Pre-conference Institute- Developing Your                                                  Effectiveness as a Fieldwork Educator

·         Poster Presentation: Occupational Therapy Students’ Perception of Reflective Journaling while on Level I Fieldwork

·         Poster Presentation: Teachers Perceptions of Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction within Classroom Setting

·         Poster Presentation: Parents Ability to Generate Strategies to Facilitate Participation in Home & Community Activities in Children with Disabilities

 

October 2013             NADD 30th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, Baltimore, MA

·         Presentation: Impact of Enriched Home Environment Program (EHEP) on Participation of Children with Autism

August 2013               Governors State University- Master of Occupational Therapy Research Day

·         Presentation: Parents Ability to Generate Strategies to Facilitate Participation in Home & Community Activities in Children with Disabilities. Sood, D., Schranz, C. & MOT students.

 

·         Presentation: Teachers Perceptions of Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction within Classroom Settings. Sood, D., Schranz, C. & MOT students.

May 2013                    American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, San Diego, CA

·         Poster Presentation: International Service Learning: Steps Toward Cultural Competence

November 2012         Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Naperville, IL

·         Poster Presentation: Tales from the Ukraine: A Service Learning Experience

October 2012             Doctor of Occupational Therapy Research Day: 2nd Annual Practice Scholar Research Symposium. Governors State University, University Park, IL

·         Presenter: Collaborative Coaching Model: Creating the Best Person-Environment Fit when Working with Children and Families

July 2012                     The MAGIC Foundation 18th Annual Conference, Lombard, IL

·         Presenter: Sensory Processing Dysfunction- Explanation and Strategies

November 2012         Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Galena, IL

·         Presenter: Participation in Play in Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction: Enabled by Caregiver Self-Initiated Solution Finding Skills

May 2011                    American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Philadelphia,                                       PA

·         Poster Presentation: Pediatric Occupational Therapy: A Multicultural Experience

November 2011         Doctor of Occupational Therapy Research Day: 1st Annual Practice Scholar Research Symposium, Governors State University, University Park, IL

·         Presenter: Participation in Play in Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction: Enabled by Caregiver Self-Initiated Solution Finding Skills

  2011                            Lincoln-way School District, Frankfort, IL

·         Presenter: Sensory Integration: An Evolving Theory

2010                            GSU Student Research Conference, Governors State University, University Park, IL

·         Presenter: Family-Centered Child Participation Model for Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction

2009                            Illinois STARnet Training, Joliet, IL

·         Presenter: Processing: Practical Application and Techniques for Everyday Use

2009                            Illinois STARnet: Early Childhood Today Conference at Saint Xavier University, Orland Park,                                          IL

·         Presenter: Sensory Activities for the Early Childhood Professional

2005                            SPEED All Staff Institute Day, SPEED S.E.J.A. #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “Getting Yourself in Sync”

2004                            Project Export, Governors State University, University Park, IL

·         Presenter: “Cerebral Palsy Awareness Workshop”

2004                            9th Annual Paraprofessional Institute Day, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

·         Presenter: “Let’s Feel What the Children Feel” – A Hands-On Understanding of Sensory Integration  

2004                            SPEED All Staff Institute Day, SPEED S.E.J.A. #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “Teaming with Support Staff”

2004                            PEED Professional Development Day, SPEED S.E.J.A. #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “The Use of Therapeutic Listening, Movement and Music in the Childhood Classroom”  

2003                            The 8th Annual Statewide Early Childhood Conference, Springfield, IL

·         Showcasing “The Quiet Space”

  2003                            Welcome Wagon Club of Flosswood Fields, Flossmoor, IL

                                   ·         Presenter: “A Look At Child Development”

 2003                            Instructional Assistant Institute Day, SPEED S.E.J.A. #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “How Kids Grow and Learn: Looking at Child Development”

 2003                            Parent Education Workshop, SPEED- Hickory Hill Early Learning Center, Park Forest, IL

·         Presenter: “Sensory Integration 101”

2002                            A Parent Education Workshop, SPEED- Hickory Hill Early Learning Center, Park Forest, IL

·         Presenter: “Sensory Integration”  2002                            7th Annual Instructional Assistant Institute Day, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

·         Presenter: “How Kids Grow and Learn”

2001                            Chicago Metro AEYC Annual Conference, Chicago Hiltons & Towers, Chicago, IL

·         Presenter: “Sensory Table Kids: Children Who Crave Sensory Input”

2001                            Birth to Five Staff In-Service- SPEED #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “Pediatric Massage”

2000                            Instructional Assistant Institute Day, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

·         Presenter: “How They Grow and Learn”

  2000                            Chicago Metro AEYC Annual Conference, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL

·         Presenter: “Sensory Table Kids: Children Who Crave Sensory Input”

  1999                            Chicago Metro AEYC Annual Conference, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL

·         Presenter: “I Don’t Want to Touch That!”

1997                            SPEED- Hickory Hill Early Learning Center, Park Forest, IL

·         Presenter: “Assistive Technology Team Process”

1996                            Graduate and Professional School Expo Career Services Center of the Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

·         Exhibitor: Governors State University, College of Human Services- Occupational Therapy Program

 1994-1997                   SPEED S.E.J.A. #802, Chicago Heights, IL

·         Presenter: “Good Body Mechanics and Proper Lifting Techniques”

  1991-1994                   Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative, Crown Point, Indiana

·         Presenter: “Proper Lifting Techniques for School Personnel”

Professional Activities

International

  2010 – 2012                Ukraine Service Learning Project, Governors State University, University Park, IL                                                                A service learning project in Ukraine. Took MOT students for educational purposes.

National – USA

  Dec 2013 – present    The National Board of Certification in Occupation Therapy Inc.

·         Item writer

State/Local

  October 2013 – present   Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA)

Board member and Chair of the Special Interest Section for Sensory Integration

August 2015 – present     Graduate Council, Governors State University, College of Health and Human Services, University Park, IL

Two-year term AV 15-17. Re-appointed AV 17-19

October 2014 – present   Communication Disorders Advisory Board,

Governors State University, College of Health and Human Services, University Park, IL

  August 2013 – present     Internship Advisory Council Committee,

Governors State University, University Park, IL

  August 2012 – present     Health Advisory Board,

Family Development Center at Governors State University, University Park, IL

  Sept 2013 – 2016              Interprofessional Education Committee,

                                           Governors State University, College of Health and Human Services, University Park, IL

  August 2013 – Dec 2013   Occupational Therapy Search Committee,

                                          Governors State University, College of Health and Human Services, University Park, IL

Oct 2013 – Dec 2013 Physical Therapy Search Committee,

                                         Governors State University, College of Healthand Human Services, University Park, IL

Jan 2012 – present     Illinois Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Consortium,

                                         UIC, Chicago, IL 

Fall 2012 – present      Governors State University – Fieldwork Sub-Committee Chair,

                                         Governors State University, University Park, IL

2011 – present           Member of the Admissions Committee in MOT program,

                                          Governors State University, University Park, IL   

2011 – present           Member of the Admissions Committee in DrOT program,

                                          Governors State University, University Park, IL  

2011 – present           Member of the Curriculum Development Committee in MOT program,

                                        Governors State University, University Park, IL

2011 – present           Member of the Curriculum Development Committee in DrOT program,

                                         Governors State University, University Park, IL

2011 – present           Member of the Recruitment Committee in DrOT program,

                                         Governors State University, University Park, IL

2011 – present           Governors State University – Graduation Ceremony,

                                        Governors State University, University Park, IL

 2012 – present           Governors State University – Doctor of Occupational Therapy Hooding Ceremony,

                                        Governors State University, University Park, IL

  2010 – present           Governors State University – Master of Occupational Therapy Pinning Ceremony,

                                        Governors State University, University Park, IL

2010 – present           Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Human Research Completion Report

2008        - present        Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

 Invited Guest Lecturer

2011 – present           Doctor of Occupational Therapy Newsletter, Co-Developer,

                                         Governors State University, IL   

2011 – present           Ethics Training, Governors State University, University Park, IL

1996 – present           Master of Occupational Therapy Program Advisory Board,

                                         Governors State University, University Park, IL

August 29, 2011          New Faculty Tea, President Maimon’s Home, Crete, IL

2009 – 2011                Graduate Assistant for Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program,

                                          Governors State University,   University Park, IL

1992 – 2007                Clinical Fieldwork Supervisor

                                        Fieldwork clinical instructor for

                                           Governors State University and RUSH University Master

                                        of Occupational Therapy Program

2009, 2014                  Master of Occupational Therapy Pinning Ceremony,

                                          Governors State University, University Park, IL

                             Invited Speaker

 2004                            Governors State University Accreditation Council on Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Review, Governors State University Master of Occupational Therapy Program, University Park, IL

 1997                            Governors State University American Heart Association Heart Walk, Governors State University Park, University Park, IL

1997                            Clinical Education Conference, Governors State University, University Park, IL

1996                              American Heart Association Heart Walk, Governors State University, University Park, IL

1996                            Graduate and Professional School Expo at University of Illinois, Champaign, IL  

                                      Recruitment for Governors State University Occupational Therapy Program

AOTA

1997                            Review of the Self-Assessment Tool for Fieldwork Educator Competency, American                                                          Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD

 1997                            Review of the Guidelines to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, American Occupational                                       Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD

Awards

2014                Selected as Guest Speaker for 2014 MOT Pinning Ceremony

2011                Governors State University Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2005                Governors State University Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award