NYU Steinhardt News

Kristie Patten Koenig Appointed Department Chair

Kristie KoenigKristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor, has been appointed chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Koenig is a scholar, practitioner, and rising leader in occupational therapy. “Her commitment to understanding autism spectrum disorders and other regulatory disorders in order to inform research, education and practice is the kind of collaborative work that is central to the mission of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and to the Department of Occupational Therapy,” said Dean Mary Brabeck in announcing Dr. Koenig’s appointment.

Dr. Koenig’s research examines the influence of self-regulation, sensory processing and motor planning challenges and strength based approaches on function in children and adults with neurobehavioral disorders, specifically autistic spectrum disorders. She is the author of more than 20 articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals, including the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Special Education, and Occupational Therapy International, and has presented her research at national and international forums and conferences.

She is the principal investigator for three externally funded grants. The NYU BancoSantander Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program is a project to develop women leaders in the field of education. Keeping it Real, funded by the FAR Fund and Autism Speaks, is a project to foster the critical skill of self-advocacy in adolescents with ASD. She is the PI of the NYU Steinhardt ASD Nest Support Project, a program funded by the NYC Department of Education which serves as a model program for inclusion - for children and adolescents with autism in public schools. Dr. Koenig teaches professional and post professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school-based practice and sensory processing and regulation. She received her M.S. in Occupational Therapy and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University.

Professor Koenig succeeds Dr. Jane-Bear Lehman, who served as chair of the Department since 2007. Under Dr. Bear-Lehman’s direction, the professional program in occupational therapy attracted record applications and high-quality students, while maintaining its historic commitment to excellence.