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Department of Occupational Therapy 2024 Faculty Highlights


The Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to share the following faculty highlights from the 2023-2024 academic year. Please join us in celebrating this snapshot of the many accomplishments of our world-class faculty members. You may click the photo of any faculty member to learn more about the important work they are doing in the Occupational Therapy field.

Tracy Chippendale

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Patricia A. Gentile

Professional Program Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Tsu-Hsin Howe

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Amy Hurst

Associate Professor, Director of Ability Project
  • Received the 2023 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact award for her paper "Empowering Individuals with Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology" that was published at the ACM SIGACCESS ASSETS Conference in 2011. This award is given every other year to a paper that has had a significant impact on computing and information technology that addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. 
  • Published "Understanding accessible interpretation through touch object practices in museums" in the The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 16(1), 75-98, and will be presenting these findings at the upcoming American Association of Museums (AAM) Conference.

Grace Kim

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Janet Njelesani

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Alison M. Rangel

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Became an AOTA Fieldwork Educator Certificate Workshop Instructor. Dr. Rangel is one of 50 AOTA nationally approved instructors for this workshop designed specifically for fieldwork educators and academic fieldwork coordinators to advance their skills as an occupational therapy fieldwork educator.
  • Appointed TODOS (Terapia Ocupacional Para Diversidad, Oportunidad Y Solidaridad) Network of Hispanic/Latinos Practitioners Communication and Marketing Chair. TODOS is a recognized AOTA affinity group that is part of the Multicultural, Diversity, and Inclusion (MDI) network, and a professional community of occupational therapy practitioners and students who have as their mission to support and mentor one another, support the exploration of careers in occupational therapy by Hispanics/Latinos, and promote issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism within the occupational therapy profession.
  • Co-Presented “Beyond scrolling: Student generated social media content as learning tools.” Presented at the 2024 AOTA Inspire Conference in Orlando, the AOTA Education Summit in Denver, the RMU 2023 Virtual Teaching and Learning Summit, as a NYSOTA continuing education webinar, and most recently, at the ITLC Lilly Conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Awarded a Teaching Advancement Grant (TAG) from the NYU Provost's Office. This grant for innovative teaching practices will bring NYU OT students and faculty to The Yard, an adventure playground on Governors Island, to learn about child-led engagement in play-based activities. 

Gerald Voelbel

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
  • Presented “Neuroplasticity Driven Brain Changes: The next frontier in brain injury cognitive rehabilitation.” Symposium Chair at the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine in October 2023, Atlanta, GA, and at the 2024 International Neuropsychological Society Annual Conference in New York City. 

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