Adele Breen-Franklin, OTD, JD, OTR/L

Adele Breen-Frankliin

Adele Breen-Franklin OTD, JD, OTR/L

Director of Doctoral Program

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Education

BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

MS, Philadelphia University

OTD, Chatham University

Synopsis

Occupational Roles

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Daughter-in-law, Friend, Occupational Therapist, Educator, Lifelong Learner, Avid Reader, Avid Walker and Biker, Travel Enthusiast, Broadway and Movie Lover, Cat Enthusiast.

Occupational History

Adele continually strives to balance her different occupational roles.  She is married to Ken and the mother of Nate (a robotics enthusiast) and Aaron (the thespian).  When she is not home helping the men in her life strive to meet their occupational needs, Adele enjoys exercising (especially walking and biking) and reading.  Adele likes to travel whenever she can and admits that she has not traveled nearly as much as she would like!  Adele and her family love to attend Broadway shows and see movies.

Adele’s occupational history can best be described as a journey.  Shortly after she graduated college, Adele worked in radio and television in New York City.   She then decided to attend law school.  After clerking for a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Adele worked as a litigation associate and in immigration law for a non-profit organization.  Not satisfied in her career choice, Adele returned to school to become an occupational therapist.  Adele began her career in academia at Philadelphia University, where she was the coordinator of the Philadelphia Inmate Services and Healthcare Program and a visiting assistant professor.  Adele was an assistant professor in the Harcum OTA program, and was an adjunct instructor in the University of Sciences OT Department, during the 2013-2014 academic year.  It was through her work in academia that she discovered her passion for teaching and working with students.  Adele enjoys teaching hands-on, interactive courses, as well as courses that introduce occupational therapy in the community. Her teaching duties include the courses Psychosocial Issues, Therapeutic Groups, and the Fieldwork If: Program Development. 

Education

Adele has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Barnard College.  She has a Juris Doctor (JD) from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Adele received an MS in occupational therapy from Philadelphia University, and an OTD from Chatham University.

Clinical Practice

Adele began her career as an occupational therapist in an acute care setting and then pursued a career primarily in various pediatric settings, including early intervention, outpatient and school based therapy.  From March 2008-December 2009, she coordinated the Philadelphia Inmate Services and Healthcare program, in partnership with the Department of Occupational Therapy at Philadelphia University and The Philadelphia Prison System, where she helped develop and implement an occupational therapy program for female inmates with psychiatric disorders at Riverside Correctional Facility. Adele has worked at Overbrook School for the Blind, the Pennington School through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, the Southeast Delco School District, and the Marple Newtown School District, where she has had the opportunity to perform in-service education to teachers and support staff.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Professional Presentations

Peer Reviewed:

Breen-Franklin, A. (2017).  Enabling student success for NBCOT: A pilot education program.  Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 1(4). https://doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2017.1376766.

Bonsaksen, T., & Breen-Franklin, A. (2019). The Short ASSIST Scales: Measurement Properties in a Sample of Occupational Therapy Students in the USA.Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3(3). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol3/iss3/11.

Other:

Gibbs, V. & Breen-Franklin, A. (2016, May).  When an adult child with a developmental disability goes to college: A transition for parents. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, A Supplement to OT Practice, 1(2), 8-10.

Breen-Franklin, A. (2018).  Book Review: The OTA’s guide to documentation: Writing SOAP notes (4th Edition).  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, DOI: 10.1080/07380577.2017.1421801.

Breen-Franklin, A. (2018). Book Review: Transitions Across the Lifespan:  An Occupational Therapy Approach, Edited by M. L. Orentlicher, S. Schefkind, & R. W. Gibson. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health (in process of publication)

Gibbs, V. & Breen-Franklin, A. (2016, April). Developing unconventional educational field-work experiences: Applying the Roger’s model. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Chicago, IL.

Kramer, P., Breen-Franklin, A., & Rhett-Davis, T. (2016, October). Promoting deep learning through integrated case studies and assignments. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, New Orleans, LA.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Parker-Kent, J. (2016, October). Enabling student success for NBCOT: A pilot program. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Lancaster, PA.

Breen-Franklin, A. (2016, December). Enabling success for the occupational therapy certification exam: A pilot program. Short Course presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.

Breen-Franklin, A., Fox, W. & San, S. (2017, March). Generation 2 Generation: Mutual learning between OT students and older adults. Workshop presented at the 2017 Aging in America Conference, Chicago, IL.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Parker-Kent, J. (2017, March). Enabling student success for NBCOT: A pilot program. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Salls, J. (2017, March). Voices of mothers of children with disabilities in two distinct communities: OT support and social groups. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Yang, C. & Breen-Franklin A. (2017, March). Expanding the role of occupational therapy at the University of the Sciences: A program development project. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Slavin, M, Crawford, M., Gibbs, V., Freney, B. (Primary Presenters), Flynn, E. M, LaRossa, D. M, Fichter, D, Amole, A. M, & Breen-Franklin, A. (Contributing Authors). (2017, March). AOTA (SIS) DDSIS Annual Program: Occupational therapy and social emotional learning across the lifespan. Short course presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Benham, S. & Breen-Franklin, A. (2017, March). Promoting clinical reasoning, creativity, and innovation in assistive technology: Student perspectives on a problem-based, self-regulation activity. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Kramer, P., Breen-Franklin, A. & Rhett-Davis, T. (2017, March). Promoting integrated learning in mental health through assessments and case studies. Short course presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Schasberger, B. (2017, April). OT and PT students’ collaboration: Cased-based learning. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Munoz, J., Manville, C., Breen-Franklin, A., Kaminski, C. (2018, April). SIS-MHSIS annual program: Occupational therapy in the criminal justice system. Workshop accepted for the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Breen-Franklin, A., Walsh, W. & San, S. (2018, April). Generation to generation: Mutual Learning between occupational therapy students and older adults in transition to Independent living.  Poster presentation accepted for the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Breen-Franklin, A., Walsh, W., & San, S. (2018, May). Generation 2 generation: Mutual learning outcomes between occupational therapy students and older adults. Poster presentation for the 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Cape Town, South Africa.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Salls, J. (2018, May). Voices of mothers with disabilities in two distinct communities: OT support and social groups. Poster presentation for the 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Cape Town, South Africa.

Kramer, P., Breen-Franklin, A., & Rhett-Davis, T. (2018, May).  Using integrated learning to promote an understanding of mental and physical health in occupational therapy. Poster presentation accepted for the 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Cape Town, South Africa.

Breen-Franklin, A., Walsh, W., & San, S. (2018, March). Generation 2 generation: Mutual learning outcomes between occupational therapy students and older adults.  Platform presentation for the 2018 AOTA Education Summit, Louisville, KY.

Breen-Franklin, A., Alter, K., & Corcoran, S. (2019, April). Learning through Doing: Understanding One’s Own Occupations to Promote Skills for Occupational Therapy  Practice.  Poster presentation accepted for the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA.

Workshops and Webinars

Breen-Franklin, A. & Rentz, R. (2013, August). Lights, camera, action: Temple Grandin.  Workshop presented for the Marple-Newtown School District, Broomall, PA.

Rentz, R. & Breen-Franklin, A. (2014, July). Executive functioning: The won’t vs. the can’t.” Workshop presented for the Marple-Newtown School District, Broomall, PA.

Rentz, R. & Breen-Franklin, A. (2017, July). Get down, get funky, & get regulated: The Zones of Regulation. Workshop presented for the Marple-Newtown School District, Broomall, PA.

Breen-Franklin, A. & Packel, L. (2017).  Screening for falls: OT and PT perspectives – Prevention is the best medicine [video webinar]. Keystone Center for Care and Education.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave.
Mailing address: Box 8
Office Phone: 215-596-7346
Office Fax: 215-596-7598
Email:

a [dot] breen-franklin [at] usciences [dot] edu