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NYU OT at the 2009 AOTA Conference

The Department of Occupational Therapy hosted its annual Alumni reception at this year's AOTA 2009 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.  The dessert-themed reception drew NYU Alumni from across the country to Houston where they were able to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances over chocolate treats and coffee. 

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The presentation of the 2009 AOTA and AOTF Awards & Recognitions at the conference on April 25th was a particularly proud moment for the NYU Occupational Therapy community.  Congratulations go out to Assistant Professor Kristie Koenig, who was named to the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows this year.  This prestigious and highly selective award acknowledges her for "Innovative Leadership in Research, Education and Practice in Occupational Therapy." We are proud to add her to the list of NYU OT faculty who hold the AOTA Roster of Fellows recognition: Jane Bear-Lehman, Jim Hinojosa, and Anita Perr.

Also named on this year's AOTA Roster of Fellows was NYU Alumna Sharon A. Gutman, PhD, OTR, Class of '97, who was honored for "Outstanding Contributions to Research and Intervention in Autism." Another NYU Alumna, Margret Kaplan, PhD, OTR, Class of '02, received the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for "Promoting Family-Centered Practice for Underserved Children."  Hearty congratulations to them both and to the many other NYU OT Alumni who were recognized at this year's conference.

The NYU OT faculty presentations at this year's AOTA conference included a workshop entitled, "Evaluation and Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injuries: An Evidenced-Based Approach," given by Clinical Assistant Professor Sally Poole, MS, OTR/L, CHT and her colleagues Colleen Maher, MS, OTR/L, CHT and Serina Berger, MS, OTR.  Associate Professor and Department Chair Jane Bear-Lehman, presented a poster, "Unilateral and Bilateral Upper Extremity Weight-bearing Effect on Hand Function And Functional Performance After Brain Injury," and former Teaching Assistant, Tien-Ni Wang, presented a poster entitled, "The Relationship Between Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills in Preterm Infants."