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Peter Adintori

Peter Adintori

Peter Adintori, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC is a registered dietitian with a background in both nutrition and exercise physiology. Peter began his education at the University of Connecticut, where he received a bachelor of science in Exercise Science. At that time, he participated in nutrition and exercise research utilizing ketogenic diets for ultramarathon runners within UConn's Human Performance Laboratory. Peter then moved to NYC to pursue a master of science at Teachers College, Columbia University in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, followed by his Dietetic Internship. While at Columbia, Peter conducted research at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital (now Mount Sinai Morningside), focusing on lipid utilization during exercise in individuals at risk for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Currently, Peter is a Clinical Research Dietitian at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he works primarily on the Bone Marrow Transplantation Service. Peter's research focuses on prehabilitation and rehabilitation before and after hematopoietic cell transplantation. Peter hopes to coordinate nutrition and physical/occupational therapy to optimize patients' clinical outcomes and quality of life.  

Lauren Hudacek

Lauren Hudacek

Lauren Hudacek, MS, CCC-SLP is a Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received a bachelor of science in General Psychology from Lafayette College, where she participated in community-based, interdisciplinary research on the role of employment status on sense of community among individuals of low socioeconomic status who recently relocated to a new housing development. She received a master of science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from NYU Steinhardt. During this time, she collaborated with research colleagues from St. Mary’s College of California on a neurolinguistic project investigating the neurological impact of a specific type of language stimulus on both English monolinguals and Japanese bilinguals.

As the founder and owner of Garnet Speech-Language Services, Lauren currently provides speech-language services in New York. By using her clinical training in auditory-language development, tactile cueing, oral-placement, sensory-motor feeding approaches, and chair yoga, she provides holistic, multi-sensory, and family-centered speech-language therapy. In addition, she provides professional development and clinical supervision. Lauren is studying the efficacy of using visual arts to facilitate communication. She hopes that her research will empower youth and encourage practitioners to use a total communication approach. She is honored to have Dr. Christina Reuterskiöld and Dr. Ikuko Acosta as her program advisors.

Farha Hussain

Farha Hussain

Farha Hussain, M.Sc.A, S-LP, is a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences program. Dr. Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, and Dr. María Rosa Brea, PhD, CCC-SLP, are her advisors. Prior to beginning full-time studies at NYU, Farha was working as a clinician in a public rehabilitation center in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), primarily working with Deaf and hard of hearing youth. Farha’s research interests include critical reflexivity, as informed by social justice, and empowerment-based interdisciplinary approaches combining creative arts and language therapies with respect to communication strategies. Her critical lens is especially informed by critical race feminism, particularly as articulated by Black feminist scholarship (e.g. Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Kimberlé Crenshaw).  

Farha has also served as a professional researcher at Université de Montréal - École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, as well as a guest lecturer and clinical educator at McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences Disorders (SCSD). She has been honored with a nomination for SCSD’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Education, where S-LP students have highlighted Farha’s skills in effectively mentoring critical approaches to examining research and institutions, supporting critical thinking and anti-oppressive practice, advocating for social equity, and breaking important barriers within the field. 

Farha speaks Urdu, English, and French, and has basic skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  

John Liu Jr.

John Liu Jr.

John Liu Jr. has worked for 15 years in various settings as an occupational therapist. He is currently a Rehabilitation Science PhD student working with Dr. Voelbel and Dr. Lu. He is interested in the intersection of human skills and abilities, outcome measures, and decision-making processes by both clinicians and patients. He hopes to understand how people improve in their daily life and underlying skills (cognitive, strength, and other physiologic capabilities) based on the intervention provided. By understanding the mechanism of improvement, he hopes to improve the delivery of services for patients by either knowing the mechanisms of how human skills are improved or how to improve the outcome based on the intervention provided. Currently, he is analyzing how self-perceived cognition is explained by a person’s underlying cognitive skills. He is also determining if a verbal-based intervention has an effect and how these changes affect a person’s self-perceived cognition. Hopefully, understanding the mechanism can improve how interventions are targeted to the patient and improve outcomes that the patient values.

Anna Palumbo

Anna Palumbo

Anna Palumbo is a PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Science program at NYU, where she works with Dr. Pablo Ripollés in the Music and Auditory Research Laboratory (MARL) and Dr. Gerald Voelbel in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She also collaborates on research initiatives with Dr. Alan Turry at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Anna received her master’s degree in music therapy from NYU. As a music therapist, she worked with adults with neurodegenerative disease, acquired brain injury, and mental illness, as well as autistic people and other neurodiverse populations. 

Anna studies the interaction between physical, emotional, and social well-being, and how music enhances physiological and neurological function to promote wellness.

Lori B. Ragni

Lori B. Ragni

Lori B. Ragni, MS, OTR/L, BCP is a part-time doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. She began her education at Quinnipiac University and graduated from the OT Program in 2010. Lori is a full-time pediatric occupational therapist at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation and currently holds the title of Assistant Supervisor for the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Department. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Lori’s research interests include the evaluation and treatment of children with upper limb impairments including brachial plexus birth injuries, hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and congenital limb conditions. Lori hopes to bridge the gap between clinical work and research through the collection of outcomes in daily practice for these populations. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, and exercising.

Annalissa Vicencio

Annalissa Vicencio

Annalissa Vicencio is a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program at NYU Steinhardt, where she also completed her MA in Music Therapy. She completed her BA in Biology - Neuroscience from Manhattanville College. As a native Bronxite, she is honored to serve her home community as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC) frontline worker at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and previously the Acute Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Unit at Montefiore’s Wakefield Campus. Annalissa holds advanced training certificates in Austin Vocal Psychotherapy, Neurologic Music Therapy, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music – Level 1, and Music Together. Annalissa’s clinical work at CHAM during the COVID-19 pandemic was featured on News 12.

With speech-language pathologist Ann Clifford, Annalissa spearheaded and co-facilitates the Montefiore Melodies Community Choir for those with a history of stroke or neurologic illness, their caregivers, staff, and the community at large. Annalissa’s main doctoral research topic centers on the impact of group and/or choral singing in communication disorders, and more specifically, how community music therapy singing groups in collaboration with speech and language pathology can serve the needs of those with nonfluent Broca’s aphasia following stroke.

Annalissa holds health and recovery coaching certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. As the founder and owner of Whole Health Power, she empowers her clients to acquire sustainable lifestyle-related changes for overall health. As such, Annalissa’s additional research interests include holistic and integrative wellness initiatives that address metabolic syndrome in those with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) while considering forces of systemic oppression, critical race theory, and access to healthcare in the allopathic US medical model. 

Annalissa is also in advanced training to become a Certified Practitioner (CP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry, Group Psychotherapy and Action Methods as well as a Drama Therapy Alternative Training student. Annalissa eclectically integrates these creative arts modalities, especially when working with trauma, addiction, mental health issues, and eating disorders. Ultimately, Annalissa endeavors to integrate her training as a clinician-scientist to promote creative wellbeing from the individual level to society at large.

Mark Vorensky

Mark Vorensky

Mark is a second-year Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student and orthopedic physical therapist. His main research interests revolve around how patient-physical therapist communication and therapeutic alliance can influence ultimate outcomes in care. This includes how physical therapists can support patients' perceived self-efficacy to be successful in rehabilitation and maintain a physically active lifestyle long-term. Mark hopes that his research will provide tools for physical therapists to navigate the psychosocial domains of care. In his free time, Mark enjoys running, trying out new recipes, and hanging out with his partner, Shirah, and their two cats, Bean and Babka.