Occupational Therapy Instructor
Dr. Hissong teaches occupational therapy and is the program director in the associate of occupational therapy program at Penn State Mont Alto, as well as for the University College. A community-based occupational therapist, she practices in the areas of agriculture-related disabilities, pediatrics, and women’s health and well-being.
Dr. Hissong’s primary areas of research involve understanding the occupational performance, challenges, and adaptations of farmers/ranchers with disabilities, school-aged children with disabilities, and mothers living in rural communities. Most recently, her research involved inquiry into the lives of four working mothers of school-aged children living in a rural, religiously conservative, and patriarchal-driven community. The objective was to discern how culture influenced the mothers’ understanding of and engagement in self-nurturance. In the fall of 2008, Dr. Hissong was a contributor and editor of two DVDs, OT in the Schools and OT in the Home, available here
Most Recent Publications
Hissong, A.N., and L. Fetzer. 2009. The importance of the farm family structure. Paper for the 19th Annual Regional Building Strong Families Conference, October, at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Hissong, A.N., and C. Hayduk. 2009. Grant writing: Insights and approaches to get funded in today’s economy. Paper for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, October, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hissong, A.N., K. Hopkins, C. Shanholtz, and C. Washington. 2009. Building an assessment and intervention portfolio for school-aged children. Paper for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, October, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hissong, A.N. 2009. The meaningful occupation of self nurturance: A notion for occupational therapists concerned with women’s health and well-being. Invited manuscript for the Pennsylvania Adult & Continuing Education Association, October.
D.Ed., in Adult Education, Emphasis: Learning & Knowing about Personal/Community Health & Wellness as related to Constantly Shifting Identities of Self in the Rural Environment, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
M.Ed. in Special Education, Emphasis: Intervention with Students who have Diffuse Sensory Limitations, Shippensburg University, 1997
B.S. in Biology/Health Sciences, Shippensburg University, 1997
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Virginia, 1989
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