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2016 President's Cabinet Awards

Twenty-one UTMB faculty, staff and students recently received UTMB President's Cabinet awards for projects that promote outreach, education and improved patient care in the community. The nine funded projects total more than $200,000 and were presented during a banquet on Sept. 9 at The San Luis Resort in Galveston.

The President's Cabinet provides financial resources that advance UTMB's mission to improve health. The contributions of the cabinet's 400-plus members, which include university friends, community and business leaders from the Houston-Galveston area, and UTMB faculty members, staff and alumni, provide seed money to launch initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in the community and beyond. For information on the President's Cabinet, visit

2016 SHP President's Cabinet Award Recipients

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Cancer Survivors
Theresa Smith, PhD, and Karen Ratcliff

A program to offer cancer patients in Galveston County a series of group sessions to provide attention and memory strategies, compensation techniques, planning and organization, problem solving skills and cognitive training. UTMB occupational therapy students will run the classes and gain experience in developing, implementing and measuring cognitive rehabilitation outcomes.

HOPE Initiative: Mindfulness at St. Vincent's Clinic
Karen Aranha, PhD, Jacob Moran, Elizabeth Wright and Alison Kelly

The Student Healer Association, an interprofessional student organization at UTMB, plans to teach mindfulness meditation techniques for the management of stress, chronic pain and various life changes to occupational therapy and psychiatry patients at St. Vincent's Clinic.

Source: UTMB Impact