Heidi L. Plach, M.S., OTR

Clinical Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

[Image] Heidi L. Plach

Enderis Hall, Room 981
Phone: (414) 229-2687
Fax: (414) 229-5100
bertrahl@uwm.edu

Department

Occupational Science & Technology

Education

  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2009
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2000
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Speaker Topics

  • Mental Health Needs of Veterans
  • Mental Illness and Families
  • Group Process
  • Careers in Occupational Therapy

Interests & Expertise

Professor Plach is passionate about improving the lives of people affected by mental illness and helping students emerge into professionals who can make a difference in health care. She has been an OTR since 2000 and has spent her clinical years working in community mental health practice, specializing in advocacy, and group occupational therapy. Since completion of her master’s thesis on the occupational performance needs of young veterans in 2009 she has been a voice for this population in the state of Wisconsin, including TV coverage and presentations at national and local conferences. She serves on the UW-Milwaukee Veteran’s Advisor Council to improve the campus environment for student veterans. Additionally, Professor Plach is enthusiastic about teaching students how to be compassionate, skilled and service-minded clinicians. This is accomplished through positive community relationships such as with Dryhootch, NAMI and various OT clinics. Lastly, Professor Plach has enjoyed her involvement in both ends of the UWM experience, that is teaching freshman about healthcare and adjustment to college life (see Healthcare LLC) and reconnecting alumni to campus through the CHS Alumni Association.


Recent Publications

Plach, H., & Haertlein Sells, C. (2013). The occupational performance needs of young veterans. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 73-81.

Haertlein Sells, C., Stoffel, V., & Plach, H. (2010). Substance Related Disorders. In C. Brown & V.C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis Company.

Moyers, P. & Plach, H. (2010). Co-occuring Disorder (narrative). In C. Brown & V.C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis Company.


Honors & Awards

  • Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association, May 2010