The Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (Bioscience CAT) awarded Wesley College’s Master of Occupational Therapy program a $50,000 CAT Grant.
The faculty of the new program, led by Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs, will partner with Bayhealth to explore older driver rehabilitation through occupational therapy intervention and driving simulation technology to develop new practice areas for therapists within the state of Delaware.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Wesley faculty and students to work together to help the community,” said Gibbs. “Older adults that fit the participant criteria will have access to therapy that could improve driving skills and independence as well as help Wesley contribute to the development of a statewide driving program to support older adult drivers.”
To further enhance the reach of the project, the faculty is also collaborating with All Therapy of Middletown, DE under the leadership of Dr. Aisha Lord Ryan. Dr. Aisha has her master’s and a doctorate of physical therapy (MSPT, DPT) as well as earned her Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist certification (CMTPT).
Wesley is one of six grants awarded to synergize efforts between the academic and industrial bioscience research communities to address the technology innovation gap and promote economic development in Delaware. Projects involve partnerships among principal investigators at Delaware’s academic or research institutions and scientists from Delaware companies.