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Anita Perr

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Anita Perr is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Anita uses collaborative teaching to encourage students to explore the best ways to approach clinically relevant issues. Her extensive clinical experience informs her classroom teaching. Students appreciate the problem-based, practical nature of her courses.

Anita Perr has expertise in the use of assistive technology by persons with disabilities and has lectured on topics such as seating and positioning and adaptive computer technology. She has presented at local and national conferences on topics such as environmental accessibility, wheelchair mobility, and assistive technology. Anita has written and co-authored many papers and textbook chapters.

Ms. Perr holds a certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment of the Adult Hemiplegic and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional. As a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), she has been involved in the credentialing process for Assistive Technology Practitioners, Assistive Technology Suppliers, and Rehabilitations Engineers. Collaborations with NYU Tisch's ITP and NYU Tandon's IDM Program have resulted in the development of the NYU Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space for the development of assistive technologies.

Selected Publications

  • Perr, A. (2020). Restoring transfers and functional mobility. In D. Dirette and S. Gutman (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction. NY, NY: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Koch, KE & Perr, A. (2018). Application of Wheelchair and Seating Standards: From Inside the Test Lab and Beyond. In ML Lange and JL Minkel (Eds.), Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.
  • Perr, A. & Howe, T-S. (2014). Self care occupations. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (4th ed,). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. (2014). Independence: Simulation of life activities to occupation. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (4th ed,). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Axelson, P., Minkel, J., & Perr, A. (2013). The manual wheelchair training guide, 2nd edition. Minden, NV: PAX Press.
  • Perr, A. & Bell, P. (2009). Moving from simulation to real-life activity and human occupation. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., pp. 335-365). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. (2009). Range of human activity: Self-care occupations. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., 435-451). Betheseda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. & Miller, J. (2009). Range of human activity: Work occupations. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., pp 409- 433). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Programs

Occupational Therapy

NYU Steinhardt’s occupational therapy program educates both aspiring OTs and credentialed professionals looking to further develop their practices.

Courses

Application of Assistive Technologies Used by People with disabilities

Introduction to the variety of assistive technologies to students. Technologies covered include seating & wheeled mobility, environmental control, augmentative communication, computer access, & assistive technology for learning. Associated legislation & learning techniques will be discussed.
Course #
OT-GE 2194
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr ,
Department

Developing Assistive Technology

This multi-disciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to develop examples of assistive technology. Partnering with outside organization students will work in teams to identify a clinical need relevant to a certain clinical site or client population, and learn the process of developing an idea and following that through the development of a prototype product. The major learning activity is the design and fabrication of a device (piece of equipment, software, etc.) that meets a specific need for a specific person with a disability or a clinic that treats clients with disabilities or a category of people with similar needs as a result of their disability.
Course #
OT-GE 2900
Units
3
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr ,
Department

Introduction to Professional Portfolio

This is the first in a four-course sequence in which students create, assess and refine their portfolios. Portfolios are web-based and include performance observations, case studies, peer ratings, specialty certification, documentation of professional activities, publications, and presentation summaries. At the end of the program, students present their portfolio to a panel of faculty members. The portfolio must document how the student integrated knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum to his or her specialty practice area.
Course #
OT-GE 3310
Units
1
Term
Fall, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Tsu-Hsin Howe , Tracy Chippendale , Anita Perr , Patricia Gentile ,
Department

Professional Portfolio Defense

This is the fourth in a four-course sequence in which students create, assess and refine their portfolios. Portfolios are web-based and include performance observations, case studies, peer ratings, specialty certification, documentation of professional activities, publications, and presentation summaries. At the end of the program, students present their portfolio to a panel of faculty members. The portfolio must document how the student integrated knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum to his or her specialty practice area.
Course #
OT-GE 3313
Units
0.
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Patricia Gentile , Tracy Chippendale , Anita Perr ,
Department

Professional Portfolio II

This is the second in a four-course sequence in which students create, assess and refine their portfolios. Portfolios are web-based and include performance observations, case studies, peer ratings, specialty certification, documentation of professional activities, publications, and presentation summaries. At the end of the program, students present their portfolio to a panel of faculty members. The portfolio must document how the student integrated knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum to his or her specialty practice area.
Course #
OT-GE 3311
Units
1
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr , Patricia Gentile , Tracy Chippendale ,
Department

Professional Portfolio III

This is the third in a four-course sequence in which students create, assess, and refine their portfolios. Portfolios are web-based and include performance observations, case studies, peer ratings, specialty certification, documentation of professional activities, publications, and presentation summaries.
Course #
OT-GE 3312
Units
1
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr , Patricia Gentile , Tracy Chippendale ,
Department

Rehab Evaluation and Intervention

The concepts and principles of rehabilitation, habilitation, compensation, and adaptation as they related to individuals with physical disabilities. Development of clinical reasoning to assess and intervene in the areas of activities of daily living, including environmental control: communication, and mobility using assistive equipment and technology. Rehabilitative concepts will be examined and practices as they apply to persons with selected diagnoses
Course #
OT-GE 2742
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr ,
Department

SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL MEDIA: Access and Assistive Tech in Historic Sites and Museums

This multidisciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to learn about and develop assistive technology for historical sites and museums. Students will work in teams to develop prototypes for individuals with diverse motor, cognitive, sensory, and behavior-emotional abilities.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop and assess assistive technologies in an informal education context. This course is designed for students with special interest in assistive technology, informal education, museum studies, and developing prototypes through fabrication and development.

Course #
DM-GY 9103
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Anita Perr , Amy Hurst ,
Department