NYU Steinhardt News

5th Annual Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship

On Sunday, March 30, 2008, the Department of Occupational Therapy hosted the 5th Annual Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship on NYU's campus. Helene J. Polatajko, Ph.D., FACOT, delivered the keynote lecture, "The Science of Practice: Can Data Trump Lived Experience - Lessons from SI," which was followed by a brunch and panel discussion session.

During the afternoon session, an expert group of occupational therapists provided their commentary on the morning's discussion.  Panelists included Vanessa Giardina, M.A., OTR/L, NYU Adjunct Faculty, representing pediatric private practice; Kristie Koenig, Ph.D., OTR/L, NYU OT faculty, representing interventions and research for school-age and adolescent groups; Mary Petti-Weber, M.A., OTR/L, representing mental health and a Snoezelen room; and Diana Chen Wong, M.A., OTR/L, NYU Adjunct Faculty, representing the TBI area of practice.

To hear a podcast of the Dr. Polatajko's lecture, please visit: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/podcast/

Helene J. Polatajko, Ph.D., FCAOT
Dr. Polatajko is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. She is an internationally respected researcher, educator, and clinician. Her research interests in occupation and its enablement, especially the role of cognition in enabling performance in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, has led to the development of Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP). CO-OP is a new, cognitive-based treatment approach that enables clients with performance problems to reach their occupational goals.

Vanessa Giardina, M.A., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist and the owner of Createabilities OT, PLLC, a private pediatric sensory integration clinic in New York. She is an NYU alumnus and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Department of Occupational Therapy.

Kristie Koenig, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the NYU Department of Occupational Therapy. Her research presently examines the influence of sensory processing and motor planning deficits on behavior and functional communication in children and adults with autism spectrum and regulatory disorders.

Mary Petti-Webber, M.A., OTR/L works part-time at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York as Administrative Coordinator and Chief of Occupational Therapy. She has more than 20 years of experience in psychiatric occupational therapy. Since 1999, she has also worked in private practice with children under 5 years old with autism spectrum disorders.

Diana Chen Wong, OTR/L, is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Park Terrace Care Center in New York. Ms. Wong’s experience includes a sensory approach with patients with post brain injury and coma. She is an alumnus of NYU and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Department of Occupational Therapy.