Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is granted to outstanding SHRS alumni who have distinguished themselves through their academic, professional and humanitarian accomplishments. Their commitment to professional excellence and dedication to serving their communities through scholarship, education and advocacy exemplify the core values of SHRS.
Megan Driscoll (Occupational Therapy, MOT '12)
BS – Old Dominion University, Psychology, 2005
MOT – University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Megan Driscoll is currently the facility director for the Centers for Rehab Services, Centre Commons Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute. She has grown and expanded the centers’ interdisciplinary chronic pain program, overseeing occupational and physical therapy services at Centre Commons and three recently added locations in Western Pennsylvania. She and her team are collaborating with scientists at the University of Pittsburgh to employ innovative and evidence-based intervention principles to optimize outcomes for clients in the chronic pain program.
Driscoll’s passion is for effective management of chronic pain. She has collaborated with social work, psychology, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, geriatric medicine and primary care medicine to educate practitioners in these disciplines about the benefits of chronic pain management programs for optimizing function and minimizing pain interference in individuals’ daily lives. She has also collaborated with pain medicine experts to develop and pilot a series of text-based educational prompts to promote health and wellness among clients with chronic pain using UPMC’s Vivify tele-monitoring services. She and her team have developed a stepped curriculum of educational modules to train rehabilitation and medicine practitioners in best practices for screening, assessing and managing chronic pain.
Driscoll’s leadership has garnered substantive national recognition. In 2018, she was nominated by the American Occupational Therapy Association to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel to the Joint Commission on Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management in Non-Hospital Settings; and was appointed to the Planning Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Joint Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders and Global Innovation in Health Professional Education. Driscoll is the recipient of the 2017 Jeanette Bair Writers Award and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association 2018 OT Award of Recognition. She is frequently invited to address regional and national audiences attending occupational therapy, physical therapy and pain medicine meetings. Her presentations address a range of topics including screening, assessment, intervention and interdisciplinary management of chronic pain.