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Class Notes

Spring 2021

Shanteria Carr (OTD '21)
Among more than 18,000 graduates in the Class of 2021, I was selected as Steinhardt’s student representative for the class of 2021. I was recognized as an exceptional graduate student for demonstrating advanced competence in facilitating the early identification of children with developmental delays and my commitment to address health disparities in the District of Columbia Public Schools. A student profile was created and posted on the commencement page.

Rhoda Scherer Cohen (BS '50 and MA '76)
OT Practice published my article in April 2019 "Helping Clients Transition to Living with a Disability."

Mary V. Donohue (MS '73 and PhD '85)
The assessment tool, "The Social Profile," has been entered into Burroughs' Mental Measurement Yearbook for 2020–21, after review by two psychologists. I also wrote the art book, Marion Greenwood, A Global Artist, "published" on Kindle, 2020–21.

Ifetayo Blissett Estrada (OTD '21)
In February, I facilitated a webinar entitled “A Strength-Based Approach for Supporting Development of Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities” for community rehabilitation workers, parents, and teachers throughout Jamaica, Guyana, and Belize. The utilization of evidence-based practices allowed us to be the vessel to share knowledge, innovative skills, and expertise in the area of autism, developmental disabilities, and the application of the strength-based approach in various settings. This webinar will not be a single event, but the foundation upon which I create future international educational opportunities serving the underserved and global community. 

Robbie Levy (MA '82) 
In recognition and celebration of OT Month, Robbie Levy was very busy teaching and lecturing the therapeutic community, parents, and caregivers. She was the guest speaker on a 2-part series on the Affect Autism podcast (can be accessed on YouTube), lectured to Mommy Mingle group on "The Story behind Pediatric OT," presented at the ICDL, NYC DIR Floortime conference on “Enriching Sensory and Motor Experiences during COVID" and presented to the NY 0-3 Network on “GO LOW: How Prone Positions Enhance Sensory and Motor Development and Facilitate Engagement.” 

Katherine Malfucci (MS '12)
In 2020 I started Pelvic Therapy NYC, a home health and telehealth private practice. I work with clients to optimize functional skills that can be adversely affected by pelvic floor injury. Feel free to check out my website if you want to learn more about what a pelvic floor occupational therapist does!

Dina (Raimondi) Prisco (MS '12)
Since graduating I’ve mostly worked in pediatrics at the NYC Department of Education. Based on the best advice and encouragement ever from Dr. Patten and Dr. Perr, I am pursing a PhD in leadership with a specialty area in education and will be doing my dissertation on servant leadership within the profession of occupational therapy! I’ve volunteered recently as a reviewer for AOTA conference submissions and peer reviewer for AJOT submissions, and I am starting a new chapter in my career by teaching a course as an adjunct professor at Kean University.

Panos Rekoutis (MA '00 and PhD '10)
It has been a fascinating last few months, as we are moving away from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. My private practice – ReDiscoverKids, OT PLLC – is expanding its scope, and I have the opportunity to teach the pediatrics course in the Fall of 2021 within the NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy. I am focusing on updating the chapter on autism for the next edition of Willard and Spackman's book and working closely with the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans as a member of their Research Committee.

Michael Tranquilli (MA '01)
I was the occupational therapy consultant to the SOUR Studio and Wunderman Thompson Agency in the development of the world's first deodorant designed for persons with disabilities, Degree Inclusive.

Lindsey Vestal (MS '11)
I love supporting OTs interested in pursuing pelvic health through AOTA approved CEUs coursesMy latest course helps OTs to start a private-pay business

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