Occupational Therapy Program Director
Dr. Hissong is the program director for the Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Penn State Mont Alto, and the program coordinator for Occupational Therapy, University College. Her focus as an educator is to engage occupational therapy assistant students in the teaching-learning process to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to assist individual-groups-communities form a better understanding of their occupation-based strengths, challenges, and adaptations in order to live their lives to the fullest. As a community-based occupational therapist, her passion is in working with women in rural areas, children with exceptional needs, and farmers with disabilities – to enhance their health and well-being through participation in meaningful occupations.
I attempt to consistently offer nurturance and gentle guidance to foster students’ growth. I regard my academic relationships highly and hope that I inspire individuals to continuously look for and learn something new within their environments. Most of all, in keeping with occupational therapy philosophy, it is my life’s passion to consistently challenge learners to seek a balance along the continuum of being, doing, and becoming within their everyday learning and living.
Hissong, A., Lape, J. and Bailey, D. (2015). Research for the Health Professional. Philadelphia: FA Davis. https://www.fadavis.com/product/occupational-therapy-research-health-professional-3
Hissong, A. (2010). Responding to Psychosocial Barriers in OT and Home Modification: Promoting Safety and Supporting Participation, American Occupational Therapy Association, Invited Manuscript.
Hissong, A. (2010). Feminist Philosophy: A Beginning Point for Adult Educators in Promoting Women’s Wellness Education. PACCE Journal of Life Long Learning. Invited Manuscript.
Hissong, A. and Wilhite, C. (2009). Occupational therapy’s role with farmers and ranchers with disabilities: Two perspectives. Occupational Therapy Practice. Invited Manuscript.
Hissong, A. and Wilhite, C. (2008). Occupational therapy’s role with farmers with disabilities: Understanding the cultural factor of farming as a way of life. Occupational Therapy Practice. Invited Manuscript.
Contributing Editor Occupational Therapy in the School and Occupational Therapy in the Home (2008)
Occupational Therapy Column
Occupational therapy related topics on farming with a Disability. Pennsylvania AgrAbility Quarterly Newsletter (2006-2011).
In her tenure at Penn State, Dr. Hissong has been a contributor to funded grants totaling over $1.3 million. The grant funding has been received from the United States Department of Agriculture, Northeast Center for Risk Management, The Pennsylvania State University, and Digital Computer Systems.
Most Recent Presentations (State – National – International)
Carson, N., Cocker-Bolt, P., Hartmann, K., Harvison, N., Herge, A., Hissong, A., Kern, S., and Mitcham, M. Invited Institute: Integrating Inter-Professional Education in Occupational Therapy Curriculum. American Occupational Therapy Conference, San Diego, Calif. (April 24, 2013)
Hissong, A.N. Working Effectively with Occupational Therapists to Enhance the Impact on AgrAbility Program Outcomes, Northeastern AgrAbility’s Cultivating Accessible Agriculture Workshop, Lancaster, Pa. (2012)
Hissong, A.N. Addressing the Changing Priorities for OTA Education, American Occupational Therapy Director/AFWC Meeting, Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2012)
Hissong, A.N. and Hayduk, C. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice/Education: Growing Together in the Garden, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Assoc. Conference, Lancaster, Pa., peer-reviewed/refereed. (Sept. 28, 2012)
Hissong, A.N. and Hayduk, C. Occupational Therapy's Responsibility to Promote Well-Being in the Workplace, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Assoc. Conference, Lancaster, Pa., peer-reviewed/refereed. (Sept. 28, 2012)
Hissong, A.N. Exploring Opportunities to Integrate Interprofessional Education in OT Curriculum (short course), American Occupational Therapy Assoc. Conference, Indianapolis, IN, peer-reviewed/refereed. (April 27, 2012)
Hissong, A. (2011). Mothers in Rural Communities: Perspectives of Their Constantly Shifting Identity within the Environment. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Madrid, Spain.
Hissong, A. (2011). The Meaningfulness of Story-telling to Facilitate Women’s Well-being on the Farm. Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, State College, Pa.
Hissong, A. (2010, May). Learning Self Nurturance and Unlearning Patriarchy: A Feminist Poststructural Narrative Inquiry of Rural Mothers’ Constantly Shifting Identity. Paper presented to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Santiago, Chile.
Hissong, A. and Wilhite, C. (2010, May). The Farmer (person), The Farm (environment), Farming (occupation), More than Seeds and Manure (occupational performance): Occupational Therapist's Perspective on Assisting Farmers own Their Story of Everyday Living Secondary to Disability. Paper presented to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Santiago, Chile.
Hissong, A. and Salls, J. (2010, May). Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Occupational Therapy. Paper presented to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Santiago, Chile.
Education and Certifications
D.Ed., Adult Education, 2005, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed., Special Education, 1997, Shippensburg University
B.S., Biology, 1997, Shippensburg University
B.S., Occupational Therapy, 1989, Medical College of Virginia
Certified Master Life Coach Practitioner, 2011
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, 2014
National Occupational Therapy Registration, 1990-Current
Pennsylvania State Occupational Therapy Licensure, 1990-Current