PhD Students and Candidates

Szu-Wei Chen

Szu-Wei Chen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. Szu-Wei is from Taiwan and received her B.S. and M.S degree in Occupational Therapy from National Taiwan University. Before beginning her studies at NYU, Szu-Wei worked as an occupational therapist for governmental projects contracted with Taiwan Occupational Therapy Association, including Service of Job Accommodation for People with Disabilities and Service of Long-term Home Health Care. She also gained clinical experiences while working in Center of Assistive Technology in National Taiwan University Hospital. Szu-Wei is interested in studying diverse participation issues among people with disabilities and older adults as well as evaluating program outcomes. In addition, she is interested in exploring education related topics to improve competences of clinical practitioners and OT students.  

Maria Khawaja

Maria Khawaja, MS, OTR/L is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University's Sargent College and holds both a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University. She is pursuing a certificate and board certification in Behavioral Analysis. Maria has worked as an occupational therapist in public and private special education schools as well as in home and community-based settings. Currently, Maria is the Director of Occupational Therapy at the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, The McCarton School, and The Children's Academy: A School for Speech and Language Development. She is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University. Her goal is to help bridge the gap between pediatric research and practice. Maria’s interests include therapist education, functional evaluation in pediatrics, development of curriculum-based occupational therapy programs, vestibular habilitation, auditory interventions, and the integration of behavior analytic principals into pediatric occupational therapy practice.  

Chang Dae Lee

Chang Dae Lee is a PhD student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU Steinhardt. Chang Dae is from South Korea and received his BS and MS in Occupational Therapy from Yonsei University. Before studying at NYU Chang Dae was a part-time occupational therapist working with adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. His research interests include interventions that improve quality of life and decrease death anxiety of the elderly, and cognitive rehabilitation in the elderly.

 


Ellen Modlin

Ellen Modlin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. Ellen graduated from NYU’s entry level OT program in 1995 with a specialty affiliation in pediatrics. Ellen worked in the NYC public schools, Early Intervention, and the Nassau County school district. Currently she serves on the school district's assistive tech committee for the development of screenings and interventions with technology to support students in the classroom. Ellen’s area of interest is using assistive tech to assist students with visual-perceptual deficits.  

 

 

Yun Shi

Yun Shi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU Steinhardt. Yun Shi is from China; she received her B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from Capital Medical University in Beijing and M.A. degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Before studying for the M.A. degree at NYU, Yun Shi worked as a rehabilitation therapist at Tongren Hospital in Beijing. Her research interest is in outcome measures and physical dysfunction.

 

 

Brocha Stern

Brocha Stern is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. She graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy from Temple University and earned a BA in Psychology from Touro College. Before entering the PhD program, she worked for four years at Kessler Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey with a focus on upper extremity rehabilitation. Brocha is pursuing her certification in hand therapy in order to demonstrate clinical excellence and to substantiate her research to an interdisciplinary audience. Brocha’s research interests relate to the benefits of occupation-based practice in hand therapy, the application of neurorehabilitation principles to orthopedic rehabilitation, the relationship between occupation-based practice and neuroplasticity, the appraisal and development of functional outcome questionnaires in hand therapy, best practice in rehabilitation of the stiff proximal interphalangeal joint, and the utilization of frames of reference to inform occupational therapy practice.  

Chien-Ying Yang

Chien-Ying Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU Steinhardt. She comes from Taiwan, and earned her B.S. degree in Occupation Therapy from Kaohsiung Medical University and her M. S. degree in Occupational Therapy from National Taiwan University. She is also currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. Her research interests include understanding motor performance, functional outcome as well as social participation in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.