Steinhardt OT’s Listed on 100 Most Influential List for Profession Centennial

The American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA) is celebrating 100 years of occupational therapy as a discipline, and we are proud to share that many members of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy community have made the list of 100 Most Influential People. Included on the list are Steinhardt graduates Wimberly Edwards, MS, OTR, Paula Kramer, PhD, OT, FAOTA, Lorraine Pedretti, MS, OTR, and Professor Emeritus’ and former department chairs Anne Cronin Mosey, PhD, OT, FAOTA and Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OTR, FAOTA.

We spoke with Dr. Hinojosa, who recently retired from the Department in 2016, about his career, how it feels to be included on this list, and what he predicts for the future of the profession.

What do you consider to be the most significant accomplishment in your career?

I would say that my most significant accomplishment in the profession has been my scholarly work, including publications and research. I also have committed extensive service to the profession serving on the Executive Boards of the American Occupational Therapy Association Executive Board, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. I specifically served 13 years on the AOTA Commission on Practice, six years as chair.

What are you most proud of about being named one of 100 most influential OT’s?

I am most proud of being nominated by some of my peers whom I really respect. It is an incredible honor as the profession prepares to celebrate its centennial.  I think I am most proud of what one nominator wrote about me being a “Prime mover in most of the major developments in the profession over his entire, long career. In this nomination, I would principally stress his scholarly contributions which have had a major influence on the dissemination and formation of occupational therapy knowledge. This is true within the USA for occupational therapy practitioners and academics; for many, many students, and, as well, internationally, in occupational therapy and other health professions. . . His work is followed by thinkers throughout the world.”

What are the most significant changes in the profession that you’ve witnessed over the past 20 years?

Over the past 20 years, Occupational Therapy has responded to changes in society and rapidly adopted new knowledge and technological advances. Most significant is the adoption of evidence-based practice to support the importance of addressing people with disabilities, and to address daily occupations in the natural environment. In pediatrics, occupational therapy has become standard practice addressing the unique needs of young children.

Where is the profession headed? What do you see as the next big change?

This is an interesting question. As I am not sure what the big change will be–but I can speculate that the next major change will be an advancement in dealing with people with psychosocial disabilities in the natural setting. While I’m sure it will continue to become more evidence-based and scientific, my hope is it will not lose its art of practice in the importance of client-centered care.

 

 

Occupational Therapy Scholar Series: Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 semester brought three wonderful guest speakers to the department of Occupational Therapy as part of our Occupational Therapy Scholar Series. We were honored to have these insightful researchers visit the department to speak to students, faculty, and staff about current issues in the field.

Dr. Simona Kwon: Asian-American Health: Community Engaged Research and Context
The series kicked off on October 6th, when Dr. Simona Kwon presented her lecture “Asian-American Health: Community Engaged Research and Context”. Dr. Kwon is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and holds an appointment in the NYU Global Institute of Public Health.

Dr. Kwan spoke about her research, which examines the social and cultural contextual factors that influence health and health outcomes amongst racial and ethnic communities particularly Asia Americans. Dr. Kwon works collaboratively with multi-sector coalitions made up of local and national community-based organizations, government agencies, service delivery organizations, and multi-disciplinary researchers to address community level health disparities.

Dr. Ching-Yi Wu: Advances in Neurorehabilitation Post Stroke: Hybrid Therapy to Motor and Cognitive Recovery

On November 29th, we welcomed Dr. Ching-Yi Wu, ScD., Chair of Occupational Therapy at the College of Medicine, Chang Gung University in Taiwan to present her lecture “Advances in Neurorehabilitation Post Stroke: Hybrid Therapy to Motor and Cognitive Recovery”. Dr. Wu’s specialty relates to evidence-based research on stroke neurorehabilitation and extends to translational research and aging issues. Dr. Wu has published more than 150 articles in peer- reviewed journals and book chapters regarding OT for physical dysfunction.

In the presentation, Dr. Wu introduced a research project on hybrid therapy in an attempt to improve motor, cognition, and function post stroke. The studies include mirror therapy or robot-assisted training combined with transcranial current stimulation/electrical stimulation for improving motor and daily function as well as physical activities combined with cognitive training for enhancing cognitive and daily function post-stroke.

Dr. Orit Bart: Association Between Sensory-Motor Function and Cognitive-Emotional Aspects of Children With and Without Developmental Disabilities

Our final 2016 presentation took place on December 8th, when we welcomed Dr. Orit Bart, PhD, Chair of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Professions at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Bart presented her lecture titled “Association Between Sensory-Motor Function and Cognitive-Emotional Aspects of Children With and Without Developmental Disabilities”.

Dr. Bart’s lecture discussed her involvement in a variety of multidisciplinary research projects on the association between sensory-motor function, psychological aspects, and participation of typically developed children and children with developmental problems.

 

 

 

Occupational Therapy J-Term Class Spotlight: Reframing the Meaning of Disabilities to Families

We chatted with Department of Occupational Therapy student Kathryn Pelech to learn more about her experience in the department’s J-Term class Reframing the Meaning of Disabilities to Families, taught by Dr. Judith Grossman. Dr. Grossman is an Associate Director at Ackerman Institute for the Family, as well as Project Director for Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs. The class examines family-centered care for families with special needs, taking into account theoretical approaches as well as experiences of parents and other care providers.

Where are you from, and what brought you to Steinhardt to study Occupational Therapy?

I am originally from Belle Mead, New Jersey, and I studied Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey for my undergraduate degree. I was drawn to the Occupational Therapy Program at Steinhardt due to the accomplished faculty and the opportunity to work in such a culturally rich urban environment, which is where I ultimately see myself staying in the future.

What made you interested in taking the “Reframing the Meaning of Disabilities to Families ” course this winter?

In my career as an occupational therapist, I hope to work with children with special needs and at-risk youth in collaboration with their families. I felt that this course would prepare me to provide exceptional quality family-centered services.

What are some of your favorite aspects of the class?

Dr. Grossman encouraged us to learn about family resilience from the “inside out”, by reflecting on the structure and dynamics within our own personal families, which I found to be a very valuable and enlightening approach. I also felt inspired after hearing about Dr. Grossman’s professional endeavors, and how she has integrated family-centeredness in her practice

What is one important thing you learned from the course that you may have not otherwise come across?

I learned about the sheer impact that positive familial bonds can have on an individual’s capacity to overcome life’s challenges, and the importance of promoting this social support network when working with clients and their families.

What do you hope to accomplish with what you’ve learned in this class?

I hope to apply the knowledge I have gained from this course to recognize and respond to the needs of not only my future clients, but their families as well. On a larger scale, I would also like to work cooperatively with other service providers to address the barriers to family-centered care that exist within current societal systems.

What made you want to become an occupational therapist, and how has Steinhardt helped you fulfill those goals?

I wanted to pursue a career that was devoted to helping others achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. The Steinhardt faculty members have been extremely supportive and have offered unique perspectives from their diverse professional backgrounds and experiences, which has opened my eyes to the endless opportunities that the field of occupational therapy has to offer.