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Kristie Koenig, Autism Expert, Joins Occupational Therapy Faculty

The Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that Kristie P. Koenig, Ph.D., OTR/L, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. Dr. Koenig comes to NYU from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her area of specialty in occupational therapy is pediatrics.

"We are thrilled that Kristie is coming to NYU," said Jane Bear-Lehman, Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Programs. "She's recognized nationally for her skills and talent in working with children who have autism. And she's passionate about teaching occupational therapy."

During her time as an assistant professor at Temple, Dr. Koenig taught courses in human development, theoretical foundations in pediatrics, and clinical conditions in pediatrics. She has also taught in advanced theory and sensory integration specialization. Her research interests include behavioral expressions and sensory processing of temperament, structural equation modeling, and uses of personal narratives of individuals with autism. She also co-presents a series of workshops with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders for therapists, educators, and direct care providers.

Dr. Koenig was recently selected as a Leadership Mentoring Fellow by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). One of 18 candidates from a national pool, she was chosen for her experience in academic leadership and her commitment to pursuing high levels of leadership responsibility. With the fellowship group, Dr. Koenig is participating in the AOTA/AOTF Leadership Mentoring Program, which is based on "mentoring circles." Developed by the Mentoring Company, it introduces leadership theory and practice while engaging participants in a standardized leadership assessment process.

Kristie Koenig's arrival adds a dynamic depth to the Department's pediatric specialty area and beyond.