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Spain's Visiting Scholar at USF School of Social Work

Spain's Visiting Scholar at USF School of Social Work

Dr. Miriam Hurtado is an Associate Professor at the University of Miguel Hernández of Elche (UMH) in Alicante, Spain. Via collaboration with Dr. Iraida V. Carrion and Dr. Manisha Joshi, Associate Professors in the School of Social Work, a Memorandum of Understanding was established between USF and UMH. This continual international exchange facilitated the opportunity for Dr. Hurtado, a faculty in medicine and an affiliated faculty in the Department Pathology and Surgery in the area of Radiology and Physical Medicine, to garner an international mobility grant. As a result, she is engaging with hospitals and community agencies in the Tampa Bay area and presenting in undergraduate and graduate social work courses regarding the interdisciplinary roles between social work and occupational therapy.

Dr. Hurtado is a member of Research in Occupational Therapy (InTeO) at the UMH, contributing to the development, advancement, and solidification of research in occupational therapy. The research team adapts and validates instruments in the field of occupational therapy to address the scarcity of instruments validated in Spanish. In addition, InTeO builds on scientific evidence of occupational therapy mindfulness, occupational balance, and sensory processing during different stages in the life cycle. The collaborative goals with Dr. Carrion are to examine the intersection between cancer treatments and occupational therapy among Latinos in the USA and Spaniards.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Hurtado is a Senate Member and Deputy Vice Rector for Institutional Relations at UMH. Prior to joining UMH, Dr. Hurtado had an extensive career as a clinician in rehabilitation centers serving children and older adults, as well as in addiction recovery clinics.