Bynum receives Award of Merit

Harriett Bynum

EAST LIVERPOOL — Harriett Bynum, program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Kent State- East Liverpool, received the Award of Merit from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association at its annual conference in October.

This award is OOTA’s highest level of recognition and is presented to a member who demonstrates qualities of leadership, academics and clinical achievement in the field of occupational therapy in Ohio. It further recognizes efforts to develop and perpetuate occupational therapy throughout the state.

Bynum began her career at Kent State 18 years ago as an assistant professor, but her career as an OT professional spans 44 years. Her clinical career included working in the rehabilitation department at a Pittsburgh hospital, where she advanced from staff therapist to director. Bynum also worked in home health and skilled nursing settings.

Aside from leading the OTA program on the East Liverpool Campus, Bynum served as the founding program director of the OTA program at the Ashtabula Campus for several years. While there, she helped lead the design phase of a new health and science wing that provided state-of-the-art learning spaces for students to develop their skills and techniques.

She is active in the Youngstown-Warren district of OOTA and participates at the national level with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) as an evaluator and board member.

Bynum earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Thiel College and an OT certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, before earning her master’s degree in health related professions from the University of Pittsburgh.