Adjunct Faculty

Serena Berger

Serena M. Berger, MA, OT, CAPS is the seminar instructor for the Fieldwork I Seminars. She has an Occupational Therapy degree and an MA in Motor Learning from Columbia University. Her 4 decades of experience as an Occupational Therapist have clinically focused on adult physical disabilities in the following settings: acute care, rehab, long-term care, home-care, outpatient and hand therapy.  She has extensive experience in management, supervision and teaching both at NYU and other New York area universities. Publications include several book chapters and articles. Serena has presented at AOTA, several state OT associations and at ASHT on several topics including supervision, splinting, home care, peripheral nerve injuries and has conducted many splinting workshops. Currently she is self-employed.

Holly Cohen

Holly A. Cohen, OTR/L, ATP, SCEM, has been an Occupational Therapist at NYU Langone Medical Center since the end of 2000. She is the clinical specialist in assistive technology and driving rehabilitation. She provides assistive technology services to adult and pediatric populations in all areas of the medical center, focusing on computer access, alternative and augmentative communication, and home automation. Holly has clinical experience in inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, acute care, long term care, home care, and pediatrics. She is also a co-founder of DIYAbility, LLC, an organization that focuses on the education of health care providers and community members in the area of assistive technology and disability. She has been an adjunct professor since 2006.

Madge Dargan

Madge Dargan, M.A., OTR/L, CHT, assists in teaching Orthopedic Evaluation and Intervention and Kinesiology. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from NYU. She is a partner in a private hand therapy practice and is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Julia Doty

Julia Doty, OTR/L, CHT, assists in teaching Human Anatomy Laboratory (OT-GE 2003). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo. She is a manager at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. She specializes in upper extremity orthopedic care and has received certification in ergonomics.

Laurie Goeringer

Laurie Goeringer, MA, OTR/L, graduated from the NYU Occupational Therapy Master’s Program in 2004 and was the recipient of the prestigious E. George Payne Memorial Award for academic and humanitarian achievement. She has been a lab instructor at NYU in Mental Health Interventions and Evaluations (OT-GE 2745) since 2008 and has practiced, lectured and served as a clinical supervisor in Mental Health for several years. Since 2010, she is a senior occupational therapist in the Department of Education working with elementary school-aged children who have various learning abilities, motor delays and psychiatric conditions.

Judith Grossman

Judy Grossman, Dr.PH, OTR, FAOTA, teaches Reframing the Meaning of Disability to Families (OT-GE 2338). She is the Director of the Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs project and Associate Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has a Doctor of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute. Some of her former academic appointments include Chairperson at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center and Associate Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine. She has conducted research, published and presented in the areas of prevention, family resilience, early intervention and special education policy, program development and evaluation and mental health consultation. She also has a private practice in couples and family therapy.

Henry Hanif

Henry Hanif, M.A., OTR/L, assists in teaching Mental Health Evaluation and Intervention (OT-GE 2745). His primary occupational therapy practice focuses on an adult and geriatric population in an inpatient psychiatric unit at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Hanif routinely supervises NYU Steinhardt Occupational Therapy Level I and Level II Fieldwork students and student volunteers. He has completed several research studies with other clinicians in various disciplines in mental health and continues to actively participate in ongoing studies. In 1999, he earned his Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at NYU.

Lorene Janowski

Lorene C. Janowski, DPS, OTR/L, BCP, MS, C/NDT is a Clinical Supervisor in the pediatric rehabilitation department at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She also works with the adult neuro-rehabilitation population at the hospital’s ALS clinic helping patients and families develop recommendations to improve their overall quality of life. She has experience with collaborating with surgical intervention for children with hemiparesis with one of the hospitals lead hand surgeons. Her rehabilitation practice includes working at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Northwell Health System. She also specializes in aquatic therapy as an adjunct to land-based therapy services. Lorene has volunteered her time with the Children of China Pediatric Foundation educating the therapists in China, in an orphanage, of effective rehabilitation techniques.

Lorene received her undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton and holds a clinical doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Lorene serves as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Occupational Therapy department teaching master level students the fundamentals of pediatric practice.

Ginelle John

Ginelle John is the Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Services for the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University and she teaches Research Seminar (OT-GE 2725). Ginelle has worked in student affairs for over 11 years at Columbia University, Hofstra University, LaGuardia Community College, Florida International University, and NYU. Ginelle received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from New York University. Her research interests include college access and retention and college athletics. Ginelle’s recent publications focused on underrepresented student majoring and persisting in STEM majors and community college athletes. She is currently working on several projects related to college athletics at two and four year institutions.

Janine Kahan-McLear

Janine Kahan-McLear, M.A., OTR/L, assists in teaching Neurological Evaluation and Intervention (OT-GE 2743). She graduated from the NYU OT Master's Program in 1990. She is currently working as supervisor of OT at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) in Valhalla, New York, where she has been since 1997. She received NDT Certification in 1996 for the treatment of adult hemiplegia and received certification for A-ONE in 2000. Her experience and interests are in NICU and early intervention populations in addition to neuro rehabilitation and hand therapy.

Janet Krzemienski

Janet Krzemienski, MS OTR/L, CHT, is a practicing occupational therapist specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Her clinical experience spans in-and-out patient hospital environments, as well as private practice settings. She specializes in treating many upper extremity diagnoses both conservatively and post-operatively, and is proficient in fabricating static and dynamic splints. Janet is currently an owner / partner of a private hand therapy practice in midtown Manhattan.

Janet has been teaching in the occupational therapy department at New York University since 2015 where she is a lab assistant for the gross anatomy course for the masters program and is the asynchronous adjunct professor for the Bone and Joint course in the clinical doctorate program.

Janet graduated from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008.

George McDermott
Ruth Metzger

Ruth Metzger, MS OTR/L, CHT, assists in teaching Orthopedic Evaluation and Intervention and Human Anatomy. Ruth graduated from NYU's Professional (M.S.) Program in OT and received her B.A. from Colgate University. Her focus is on hand and upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation.

Alison M. Rangel

Alison M. Rangel, MS, OTR/L, is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2004 with a focus on Counseling and Human Services. She has worked in various mental health and acute care settings such as Bellevue Hospital Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Her interests are in mental health and in the development of professional behavior in occupational therapy students. She has taught Activity and Group Process (OT-GE 2707) since 2011 and will be teaching Professional Issues I (OT-GE 2040) in the Spring 2013. She has also been an adjunct professor at Long Island University since 2009.

Gregory Roth

Gregory Roth, M.A., OTR/L, CHT, assists in teaching Orthopedic Evaluation and Intervention (OT-GE 2741) and Kinesiology (OT-GE 2710). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University's Cook College. He received his Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from NYU. He is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. He works at the University Orthopedic Group of Robert Wood Johnson.

Ilana Shachat

Ilana Shachat, MSc OT and certified group facilitator, is a lab instructor at NYU in Mental Health Interventions and Evaluations (OT-GE 2745). She earned a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy: Community-based mental health rehabilitation track from Tel Aviv University. Her clinical experience includes mental health rehabilitation in community-based recreational and vocational settings, as well as in forensic acute care. She also works with children, adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Diane Schreibman

Diane H. Schreibman, MS, OTR/L, ATP is a lab instructor in Mental Health Interventions and Evaluations (OT-GE 2745). She has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for over thirty years. Her clinical experience includes mental health in acute care, day hospital, and community settings; inpatient and outpatient physical rehab; and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. From 1995-2018, she specialized in complex positioning and mobility technology, with a focus on children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is a fieldwork and classroom educator for OT and OTA students at several NYC-area schools. 

Marianne H. Mortera

Marianne H. Mortera, PhD, OTR/L, received her MA and PhD in Occupational Therapy degrees from New York University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University, Long Island University, Pacific University, and an independent health care provider and consultant with Therapeutic Resources for the NYC DOE. Marianne has been an occupational therapist for 31 years with clinical expertise in brain injury rehabilitation. Her research has focused on the return to productivity in OEF/OIF Veterans with TBI, and she is currently on two ACRM interdisciplinary research teams conducting a scoping review of the impact of pharmacological interventions for persons with TBI and functional outcomes, and a scoping review on the concept of validity in rehabilitation research. She has also developed and initially tested the Mortera Cognitive Screening Measure and the Cognitive Screen for Grooming. Marianne has written several book chapters and publications on brain injury rehabilitation, cognitive assessment, and occupational therapy practice guidelines. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Mortera has been an occupational therapy faculty member in entry-level and post-professional education programs where she has mentored student research projects and has developed and taught courses in neuroscience, kinesiology, neurorehabilitation, physical disabilities, cognitive rehabilitation, medical conditions, the development of clinical practice guidelines, theory, research methods, and applied scientific inquiry at New York University, Long Island University, Columbia University, Mercy College, A.T. Still University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Pacific University. She is a continuing education provider and has also presented nationally and internationally on neuroscience underlying occupational therapy intervention and the development of cognitive assessments using the Structured Functional Cognitive Assessment method.

Monica Seu
Mary Shea
Jeffrey Tomlinson

Jeff Tomlinson, OTR, MSW, FAOTA, teaches Mental Health Evaluation and Intervention (OT-GE 2745) and co-teaches Activity Group Process (OT-GE 2707). He is the Legislative and Government Relations Coordinator for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA). In 2001, he received the Lindy Boggs Award from the AOTA for his public advocacy work. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Master's in Social Work (MSW) from the City University of New York at Hunter College in New York City. He is a senior occupational therapist at Washington Heights Community Service, where he provides treatment for mentally ill adults. In addition to this, he works for VNS of Westchester.

Michael Tranquilli

Michael Tranquilli, MA, OTR/L, graduated from the NYU Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Program in 2000 and has been an adjunct faculty member since 2001. Michael currently performs guest lectures and assists the department in teaching Rehabilitation Evaluation and Intervention (OT-GE 2742) and Analysis of Human Activity and Occupational Performance (OT-GE 2736). He is the principal owner of Trans-Continental Healthcare, a private rehabilitation and consulting company specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation and occupational safety. He is also the founder of the Ergonomic Tool workers of American Labor (ETAL).

Sheri Wadler

Sheri Wadler, M.S., OTR/L, teaches Activity Group Process Lab (OT-GE 2707). She has been an occupational therapist for more than twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Columbia University's master's program. She has worked in a variety of mental health and school-based settings. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in programs at both NYU and Long Island University. In addition, from 2003 to 2006, she was the Admissions Director for NYU's Professional Master's Program. She is also an editorial board member for the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Margaret A. Waskiewicz

Margaret A. Waskiewicz, OTR/L, has been an Occupational Therapist at NYU Langone Medical Center since the end of 2006 and is currently the Unit Supervisor of their Outpatient Department. She earned her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton. Her clinical experience includes adult acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with special interest in treating adults with concussion and visual impairment as a result of neurological injury.

Kelly Webster
Diana Chen Wong

Diana Chen Wong, OTD, OTR/L, assists in teaching Neurological Evaluation and Intervention, Analysis of Human Activity, and Geriatrics. She has been an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy since 1996. She is the Senior Director of Rehab at ManorCare-Mountainside in NJ where she is involved with program development, marketing, and staff training. She earned her BS in OT, Certificate in Healthcare Management and Certificate in Life and Career Coaching from NYU, completed graduate coursework in Motor Learning from Columbia University, and has an OTD from Thomas Jefferson University.

Diana has worked with adults and pediatrics in the in/outpatient settings, with particular interests in brain injury rehab and dementia. She also provides guest lectures in the OT programs at Kean University and Rutgers University.