Project Director

Susan Basyk

Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor, OccupationalTherapy Program, School of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in School-Based Practice

Every Moment Counts is a natural extension to the work I have been doing specific to children’s mental health. I am the editor of an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) published book and Practice Guideline on mental health promotion, prevention and intervention in children and youth and have been an active member of AOTA’s School Mental Health (SMH) Work Group since 2006 under the leadership of Sandra Schefkind, Pediatric Coordinator at AOTA. One of the outcomes of this group has been the publication of the School Mental Health (SMH) Toolkit of information sheets (see http://www.aota.org/practice/children-youth/mental%20health/school-mental-health.aspx)

I am also a contributing member of a national Community of Practice (CoP) – the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), under the leadership of Dr. Joanne Cashman (www.ideapartnership.org). My experience with the IDEA Partnership has provided me with the foundation skills needed to foster shared work among relevant school providers, volunteers and families on mental health promotion, prevention and intervention for children and youth in school and community settings.

Selected publications

Bazyk, S. (ed.). (2011). Mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention for children and youth: A guiding framework for occupational therapy Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.http://myaota.aota.org/shop_aota/prodview.aspx?TYPE=D&PID=65412986&SKU=1260
Bazyk, S., & Arbesman, M. (2013). Occupational Therapy's Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, & Intervention. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.http://myaota.aota.org/shop_aota/prodview.aspx?TYPE=D&PID=149846203&SKU=2223

Bazyk, S., & Winne, R. (2013). A multi-tiered approach to addressing the mental health issues surrounding obesity in children and youth. Occupational Therapy in Health Care.
Arbesman, M., Bazyk, S., & Nochajski, S. (2013). Systematic reviews of occupational therapy and mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention for children and youth. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 120-130.
Bazyk, S. (2010, September). Promotion of positive mental health in children and youth with developmental disabilities. OT Practice, 15(7), CE-1-CE-8.
Bazyk, S., & Bazyk, J. (2009). The meaning of occupational therapy groups for low-income youth: A phenomenological study. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6, 69-80.