Faculty

Yael Goverover

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Yael Goverover

Phone: (212) 998-5854
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Yael Goverover is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy.  Her main clinical and research interests focus on cognitive and functional impairments resulting from brain injuries.  She has studied cognitive components and their associations with activities of daily living in individuals with acute brain injuries.  Her current interests include developing interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning and quality of life in individuals with brain injuries and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Goverover has received the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship award and also a National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant to support her study related to improving learning and memory of functional tasks in MS.  Dr. Goverover graduated with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1993.  She then completed a master’s program (with honors) in developmental psychology and educational counseling from Tel Aviv University in 1996.  In 2002, she graduated with a doctor of philosophy degree in occupational therapy from NYU.  Dr. Goverover is also currently a visiting professor at the Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Laboratory of Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center.

Faculty Profile


Selected Presentations

  • "Actual Reality: An Innovative Approach to Assess Everyday Functional Activities in Persons with MS"
    Paper will be presented at a Symposium on Computer Assisted Cognitive Assessment and Treatment. The 24th annual meeting of the consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in San Antonio, Texas, June 3-5, 2010.
  • "Fatigue, Cognitive Abilities, and Functional Performance in MS"
    A poster presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Acapulco, Mexico, February 3-6, 2010.
  • "Applying Self-Generated Learning to Improve Recall of Functional Tasks: The Role of Executive Functioning versus Memory Abilities"
    A poster presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Acapulco, Mexico, February 3-6, 2010.
  • "Treatment to Promote Self Regulation and Strategy Use within Functional Activities: An Exploration of the Multicontext Approach"
    Has been accepted as a paper presentation at the 8th World Congress on Brain Injury in Washington, DC, March 10-14, 2010
  • "Using the Spacing Effect to Improve Memory of Everyday Activities in Individuals with Neurological Impairments"
    Poster was presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Congress. Dublin, Ireland, July 7-9, 2005.
  • "The Relationship between Subjective and Objective Measures of Everyday Life Activities in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis"
    Poster was presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Congress. Dublin, Ireland, July 7-9, 2005.
  • "Improving Learning and Memory for Functional Activities in Multiple Sclerosis"
    Paper presented in the Whitaker Track in 19th Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, June 1-5, 2005.
  • "Self-generation to Improving Learning of Everyday Functional Tasks in Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury"
    Paper presented in the International Neuropsychological Society 33nd Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, February 2-5, 2005.
  • "Employing Spaced Learning Trials to Improve Functional Task Performance in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis"
    Poster presented in the International Neuropsychological Society 33nd Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, February 2-5, 2005.
  • "Functional Application of the Generation Effect in Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury"
    Abstract published in (a) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85 (8); september 2004, Page E5. (b) Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair,
  • "Everyday Functioning: Its Relationship to Cognition in a Neurologically Impaired Sample"
    Abstract published in (a) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85 (8); september 2004, Page E5. (b) Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2004;18
  • "The Relationship between Neuropsychological Measures and the Timed Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Task in MS and TBI"
    Poster presented in the International Neuropsychological Society 32nd Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004.
  • "Concordance between Patient and Family Behavioral Ratings and its Relationship with Cognitive Performance in Multiple Sclerosis"
    Poster presented in the International Neuropsychological Society 32nd Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004.
  • "Activity-Related Quality of Life: Activities and Personal Feelings about Them in the First Year After Traumatic Brain Injury"
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84 (10); October 2003, Page E7.
  • "Cognitive Impairment and Everyday Competence Among 3 Groups of Persons: An Empirical Study"
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84 (10); October 2003, Page E10.
  • "Categorization, Deductive Reasoning and Self-awareness: Association to Everyday Competence in Persons with Acute Brain Injury"
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84 (10); October 2003, Page E2.
  • "Inter-rater Reliability and Discriminate Validity of the Deductive Reasoning Test among Adults with Brain Injuries, and Developmental Disabilities"
    Presented in the 13th world congress of Occupational Therapy,Stockholm, Sweden, 2002.
  • "Prediction of Performances in Simulated Situations of Everyday Life from Toglia's Category Assessment and the Deductive Reasoning Test among People with Brain Injuries"
    Presented in the 13th world congress of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. New York University
  • B.A. Tel Aviv University
  • M.A. Tel Aviv University

Awards

  • 2008 : National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Improving Cognitive Rehabilitation Strategies for Learning And Memory in MS
  • 2008 : New York University, The Steinhardt School of Education, Faculty Challenge Grant: IDEAs: Pilot Study: An Examination of the Benefits of Combining Two Learning Strategies on Memory of Functional Information in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
  • 2008 : Goddard Faculty Fellowship Award, Steinhardt School of Education, NYU
  • 2007 : NMSS Actual Reality: Advancing Functional Assessment for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Selected Publications

  • Goverover, Y., Basso, M., Wood, H., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2011). An Examination of the Benefits of Combining Two Learning Strategies on Memory of Functional Information in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 17, 1488-1497
  • Voelbel, G.T., Goverover, Y., Gaudino, E.A., Moore, N.B., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. Assessment of Impairment and Activity of Executive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis. (2011). OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (special issue of Executive Functions), 31, 30-37.
  • Toglia, J., Goverover, Y., Johnston, M. V., & Dain, B. (2011). Promoting learning and transfer of strategy use in a TBI patient with executive dysfunction: A case study of the application of the muticontextual approach. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (special issue of Executive Functions), 31, 53-60.
  • Toglia, J., Johnston, M. V., Goverover, Y., & Dain, B. (2010). A Multicontext Approach to promoting transfer of strategy use and self regulation after brain injury: An exploratory study. Brain Injury, 24, 664-677.
  • Goverover, Y., O’Brien, A., Moore, N. B., & DeLuca, J. (2010). Actual Reality: A new approach to functional assessment in persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation ,91, 252-260.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted 2/6/09). A Pilot Study to Examine the Use of Self-Generation to Improve Learning and Memory in Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Goverover, Y., Arango, J. C., Hillary, G. M., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2009). Application of Spacing Effects to Improve Learning and Memory for Functional Activities in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 543-549.
  • Goverover, Y., Hillary, G. M., Chiaravalloti, N., Arango, J. C., & DeLuca, J. (2009). A functional application of the spacing effect in persons with MS. Journal of Clinical and Expriemntal Neuropsychology, 31, 513-522.
  • Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N., Gaudino-Goering, E., Moore, N. B., & DeLuca, J. (2009). What is the relationship between performance of instrumental activities of daily living and self-awareness of functional status in individuals with MS? Rehabilitation Psychology, 54, 60-68.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2008). Self-generation to Improve Learning and Memory of Functional Activities in Multiple Sclerosis: Meal Preparation and Managing Finances. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89,1514-21.
  • Toglia, J. P., Golisz, K. M., & Goverover, Y. (2008). Evaluation and Intervention for Cognitive Perceptual Impairments. In E. B. Crepeau, B. Schell, E. Cohn, (Eds.) Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy, 11th Edition (pp 739-777). Lippincott, Wilkins & Wilkins: Philadelphia.
  • O'Brien, A., Chiaravalloti, N., Goverover, Y., & DeLuca, J. (2008). Evidenced Based Cognitive Rehabilitation for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Review of the Literature. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89, 761-769.
  • Goverover, Y., Johnston, M. V., Toglia, J., & DeLuca, J. (2007). Treatment to Improve Self-Awareness for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. Brain Injury, 21, 913-923.
  • Goverover, Y., Genova, H. M., Hillary, G. M., & DeLuca, J. (2007). The Relationship between Neuropsychological Measures and the Timed Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Task in Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Goverover, Y., Kalmar, J., Gaudino-Goering, E., Shawaryn, M., Moore, N. B., Halper, J., DeLuca, J.(2005). The relationship between subjective and objective measures of everyday life activities in persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 2303-2308.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2005). The relationship between self-awareness of neurobehavioral symptoms, cognitive functions and emotional symptoms in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 11, 203-212.
  • Johnston, M. V., Goverover, Y., & Dijkers, M. (2005). Community activities and individuals' satisfaction about them: Quality of life in the first year after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 86, 735-745.
  • Goverover, Y. (2004). Categorization, deductive reasoning and self-awareness: Association to everyday competence in persons with acute brain injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 26, 737-749.
  • Goverover, Y., & Josman, N. (2004). Everyday problem solving and everyday competence among four groups of individuals with cognitive impairments. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 24, 103-112.
  • Goverover, Y., & Hinojosa, J. (2004). The interrater reliability and discriminant validity of the deductive reasoning test. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 104-108.
  • Goverover, Y., & Hinojosa, J. (2002). Categorization and deductive reasoning: Can they serve as predictors of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living performance in adults with brain injury? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 56, 509-516.
  • Jarus, T., & Goverover, Y. (1999), Effects of contextual interference and age on acquisition, retention, and transfer of motor skill. Perceptual Motor Skills, 88, 437-447.
  • Jarus, T., & Goverover, Y. (1999). The influence of the extent of disturbance in contextual learning on the acquisition of motor skills among children- literature and research review. The Israel Journal of Occupational Therapy, 8, 135-148.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2005). The relationship between self-awareness of neurobehavioral symptoms, cognitive functions and emotional symptoms in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 11, 203-212.

Courses


  • OT-GE 2805 - Directed Project Design in OT
  • OT-GE 3406 - Departmental Seminar

Research Interests

  • Cognitive and functional impairments resulting from brain injuries
  • Developing interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning and quality of life in individuals with brain injuries and multiple sclerosis (MS)