Kristie Patten Koenig
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; Department Chair
Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor, New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Koenig is an occupational therapist, with a PhD in Educational Psychology who examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Her research focuses on utilizing a relationship based paradigm and the individual with ASD's perspective to understand the impact of these issues on quality of life and adaptive behavior in order to guide person centered interventions utilizing strengths in inclusive settings. Dr. Koenig is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for children and adolescents with autism in the New York City Department of Education. She is also PI of the GIFTED project, a 3 year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Koenig teaches professional and post professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school based practice and sensory processing and regulation. Dr. Koenig has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of sensory and motor interventions that impact one's ability to regulate behavior in home and community environments.
- Ph.D. Temple University, Educational Psychology
- M.S. Temple University, Occupational Therapy
- B.S. Elizabethtown College, Occupational Therapy
Grants and Awards
- 2013: Outstanding Teaching Excellence, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
- 2012: AOTF Leadership Service Commendation by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation
- 2009: Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association
- 2007: Awarded 9 month Leadership Fellowship by AOTA/AOTF
- 2006: American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation
- 2005: Dr. Stephen L. Heater Award for Outstanding Achievement
- 2001: American Occupational Therapy Association Service Award
- 1999: POTA Service Award
- Principal Investigator: “Bringing STEM Specialization to ASD Nest High School Students: A collaboration between NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYU Steinhardt ASD Nest Support Project. FAR Fund. Funded 9/30/14-9/30/15. $50,000
- Principal Investigator: “ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/1/14-6/30/15. $1,200,000
- Co-Principal Investigator: “Autism: Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to a positive life trajectory.” The Humanities Initiative Research Collaborative. April 2014-April 2016, $10,000
- Principal Investigator: “Prevalence and Characteristics of Yoga-Based Programs in a Large Urban Public School District: Survey of Current Practices”. Kripala Center for Yoga and Health 11/30/13-4/30/14. $5,154.
- Principal Investigator: NYU Banco Santander “Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program”. (Co-Investigator Rose Vukovic, Ph.D.). Banco Santander.Funded for 1/13 to 12/16. $500,000
- Principal Investigator: “ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/1/13-7/1/14. $1,022,890
- Principal Investigator: The middle child: Developing a middle school model for students with ASD.. FAR Fund. Funded 7/30/13-7/30/14. $50,000
- Principal Investigator: “Keeping it Real: Collaborating with Self-Advocates to Develop Strength-Based Modules for Public Schools,” Autism Speaks, $25,000 Funded 1/1/13-1/1/14. $25,000
- Principal Investigator: Keeping it real: Collaborating with self-advocates to develop strength based modules for public schools. FAR Fund.Funded 7/30/12-7/30/13. $50,000
- Principal Investigator: “The effectiveness of the Get Ready to Learn (GRTL) program in children with autism spectrum disorders.” NYU Goddard Award. Funded for 10/1/10 to 8/1/11. $4,000
- Understanding efficacy of school based interventions that address sensory processing, motor challenges, and use of preferred interests in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to improve inclusive services.
- Koenig, K.P., Feldman, J. Siegel, D, Bleiweiss, J., & Cohen, S. (2014). Issues in implementing a comprehensive intervention for public school children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42(1).
- Garg, S. Buckely-Reen, A., Alexander, L., Chintakrindi, R., Ocampo Tan, L.V., & Koenig, K.P (2013). The effectiveness of a manualized yoga intervention on classroom behaviors in elementary school children with disabilities. Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools and Early Intervention. 6(2), 158-164.
- Patten Koenig, K. (2014). The context of evaluation. In Hinojosa, J., Kramer, P, & Christ, P. (eds) Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 4th edition.
- Hough, L, & Patten Koenig, K. (In Press). Inclusion and innovation: Supporting employees on the autism spectrum. Mental Health Works Quarterly. Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association, Inc.
- Hough, L. and Patten Koenig, K. (2014). Autism in the workplace: How occupational therapy practitioners can support the neurodiverse workforce. OT Practice 19(2), 14–16. http://dx.doi.org/10.7138/otp.2014.192f3
- Dunn, W., Koenig, K.P., Cox, J., Sabata, D., Pope, E., Foster, L., & Blackwell, A. (2013 June). Harnessing strengths: Daring to celebrate everyone’s unique contributions, part 2. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 36(2), 1-4.
- Dunn, W., Koenig, K.P., Cox, J., Sabata, D., Pope, E., Foster, L., & Blackwell, A. (2013 March). Harnessing strengths: Daring to celebrate everyone’s unique contributions, part 1. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 36(1), 1-4.
- Koenig, K.P., Maas, C. & Sarkodie, D. (2013 April). Challenges in processing sensory information and sensory-based interventions to meet those challenges. In Cohen, S. & Hough, L. (Eds.). The ASD Nest Model. Overland Park, KS: AAPC Publishing Company.
- Koenig, K.P., & Siegel, D. (2013 April). Outcomes and future perspectives. In Cohen, S. & Hough, L. (Eds.). The ASD Nest Model. Overland Park, KS: AAPC Publishing Company.
- Koenig, K.P. & Hinojosa, J. (In press). Additional Developmental Assessments and Treatment. In D. Kober & D. Treadwell-Deering (Eds.) The Handbook of Autism: A Concise Guide. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing.
- Kotler, P.D. & Koenig, K.P. (2012). Authentic partnerships with adults with autism: Shifting the focus to strengths. OT Practice, 17(2), 6-9.
- Koenig, K.P., Buckley-Reen, A., & Garg, S. (2012). Efficacy of the get ready to learn yoga program among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A pretest-posttest control group design. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 1-9. http://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2012.004390.
- Podvey, M., Hinojosa, J., & Koenig, K.P. (2011). Reconsidering Insider Status: Family Involvement during the Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education. Journal of Special Education. DOI:10.1177/0022466911407074
- Kinnealey, M., Koenig, K.P. & Smith, S. (2011). Relationships between sensory modulation, social supports and health- related quality of life. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 65, 320-327; doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.001370
- Pfeiffer, B.A., Koenig, K.P., Shepherd, M., Henderson, L., & Kinnealey, M. (2011). Effectiveness of sensory integration interventions in children with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 76-85. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.09205
- Podvey, M. C., Hinojosa, J., & Koenig, K.P. (2010). The Transition Experience to Preschool for Six Families with Children with Disabilities. Occupational Therapy International, 17, 177-187. DOI: 10.1002/oti.298.
- Watling, R., Koenig, K.P., Schaaf, R., & Davies, P. (2011). Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Difficulties Processing and Integrating Sensory Information. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
- Koenig, K. P., & Kinnealey, M. (2010). Adults with Autism spectrum disorders. In Kuhaneck, H. & Watling, R. Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd Ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
- Koenig, K. P., & Rudney, S. G. (2010). Performance challenges for children and adolescents with difficulty processing and integrating sensory information: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 430-442. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2010.09073
- Koenig, K. P., Bleiweiss, J., Brennan, S., Cohen, S., & Siegel, D. (2009). The ASD nest program: A model for inclusive public education for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(1), 6-13.
- Shoener, R. F., Kinnealey, M., & Koenig, K. P. (2008). You can know me now if you listen: Sensory, motor, and communication issues in a non-verbal individual with autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 547-553.
- Von der Luft, G., Harman, L. B., Koenig, K. P., Nixon-Cave, K., & Gaughan, J. (2008). Cross validation of a self-concept tool for use with children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 20(6), 561-572.
- Von der Luft, G., Koenig, K. P., Nixon-Cave, K., Harman, L. B., & deBoer, E. (2008). Improving the quality of studies on self-concept in children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 20(6), 581-594.
- Johnson, C., Koenig, K. P., Piersol, C., Wachter-Schutz, W., & Santalucia, S. (2006). Level I fieldwork: Context and student perceptions. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60(3), 429-436.
- Smith, S., Press, B., Koenig, K. P., & Kinnealey, M. (2005). Effects of sensory integration intervention on self-stimulating and self-injurious behaviors. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 418-425.
- Koenig, K. P., Johnson, C. J., Morano, C. K., & Ducette, J. (2003). Development and validation of a professional behavior assessment. Journal of Allied Health, 32, 86-91.
- “The simple power of collaboration”, Co-authors: L. Hough, S. Brennan, T. Drezner, P, Kotler, A. Lanou, J. Saperstein, S.Shore, & Z. Zaks. Invited Session for YAI International Conference, New York, NY, May 2014.
- Koenig, K.P., Kotler, P, & Parker, L. “Shifting to a Strength Based Practice for Adults with Autism: The Power of Self-Advocacy”.Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014.
- “Sensory processing challenges and opportunities”, Invited session for AHA Spring Conference, Adelphi University, Long Island, NY. April 2014.
- “Shifting to a strength based paradigm for school based therapists”.Invited Session for Austill’s Rehab Services/ASCEND of Philadelphia, Malvern, PA, March 2014.
- “The ASD Nest Inclusion Model: Sensory issues and interventions”, Co-authors: C.Maas and D. Sarkodie. Invited Session for YAI International Conference, New York, NY, May 2013.
- “Adopting an authentic strength based practice when partnering with adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders”Invited Honorary Lecture, Hite Symposium, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 2012.
- “Occupational Therapy's Unique Place In An Inclusive Setting for Children with Autism: The ASD Nest Program”, Co-authors: C. Maas & D. Sarkodie. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012.
- “DDSIS Annual Program: Harnessing Strengths: Your Secret Weapon for Transforming the Effectiveness of Your Practice”, Co-authors: W. Dunn, A. Blackwell, J. Cox, E. Pope, D. Sabata & L. Foster. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012.
- “The effectiveness of a digital metronome program on visual and gross motor performance in a single case design”, Co-author: C. L. Warburg. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012.
- “Shifting the Paradigm: Occupational Therapy’s unique role in collaborating with adolescents and adults with ASD”, Invited Workshop for Israeli Occupational Therapy Association and Tel Aviv University, March 2012.
- “Shifting the paradigm: Creating opportunities for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders”Invited Workshop for Israeli Ministry of Health, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 2012.
- “Social Participation vs. Social Skills: Issues in Definitions and Guidelines for Intervention”, Co-author: C. Fang. Autism Society of America Annual Conference, Orlando, FL July 2011.
- "The Normality Of Difference: A Focus On Strengths-Based Approach to Practice", Co-authors: Roseann Schaaf, Renee Watling, & Patti Davis. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
- "The Effectiveness Of The "Get Ready To Learn" Yoga Program: A Controlled Trial", Co-Author: Anne Buckley-Reen. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
- "Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with challenges in sensory processing and sensory integration", Co-authors: Roseann Schaaf, Renee Watling, & Patti Davis. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
- "Listening to perspectives of individuals with Autism: Intervention model for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders", Koenig, K. & Kinnealey, M. World Federation of Occupational Therapy International Conference, Santiago, Chile, May 2010.
- "Survey of preferred interests in adults with autism spectrum disorders: Implications for theory and practice", Koenig, K. Joseph, S., Ianda, J. & Sandowski, S. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2010.
- "Implementing inclusive academic programs for children with ASD in urban schools", Co-authors: B. Schwartz & D. Siegel 25th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM, October 2009.
- "Incorporating sensory strategies into an inclusive academic program for children with ASD", Co-author: D. Siegel. Annual Autism Society of America Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2009.
- "Practical solutions and problem-solving strategies or sensory processing challenges in home and school environments", (3 hour Workshop). 12th Annual National Autism Conference, Penn State University, State College, PA, August 2008.
- "Study of social skill needs in ASD and suggested intervention strategies", Co-authors: N. Kaufmann & M. Kinnealey. Annual Autism Society of America Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2008.
- "Efficacy of sensory integration with children with Autism", Co-authors: M. Kinnealey & B. Pfieffer. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, Long Beach, CA, April 2008.
- "The relationship between sensory processing, social supports, and quality of life in adults with sensory processing disorders", Co-author: M. Kinnealey. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 2007.
- "Evidence-Based practice literature review of OT for children and adolescents with SPD/Sensory Integrative Dysfunction", Co-authors: D. Lieberman, M. Arbesman, P. Davies, H. Polatajko, L. Miller, T. May-Benson, J. Koomar, S. Lane, R. Schaaf, & S. Stallings-Sahler. Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 2007.
- "In their own voice: constituent driven outcomes", Co-author: M. Kinnealey. TASH Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2006.
- "In their own voice: Facilitating participation and improving outcomes for individuals with autistic spectrum disorders", Co-authors: M. Kinnealey & W. Stillman. World Autism Congress, Capetown, South Africa, October 2006.
- OT-GE 2039: Medical and Psychiatric Conditions
- OT-GE 2748: Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention
- OT-GE 2701: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
- OT-GE 3310: Professional Portfolio
- OT-GE 3306: Advanced Assessment for the Practicing Therapist
- OT-GE 2335: Successful Intervention in Schools
- OT-GE 2332: Treating Children with Sensory Regulation Dysfunction
- OT-GE 2171: Disability in a Global Context: Ghana
- American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Editorial Board Member
- Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, Reviewer
- AOTF Institute's Dissertations Grant Research Review Panel, Member
- Journal of Allied Health, Reviewer