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Kristie Patten

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs; Professor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy


Kristie Patten, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA,  Professor, New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Patten is an occupational therapist, with a PhD in Educational Psychology who examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Her research focuses on utilizing a strength-based paradigm and the individual with ASD's perspective to understand the impact of these issues on quality of life and well being in order to guide person-centered interventions utilizing strengths in inclusive settings. Dr. Patten is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for children and adolescents with autism in the New York City Department of Education. She is currently Co-PI of an NSF grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of middle school students with autism to develop social competence and potential career pathways. She is also PI of the GIFTED project, a 3-year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Patten teaches professional and post-professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school-based practice and inclusion and strength based approaches for autism individuals. Dr. Patten has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of public school interventions and examining autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model.

Selected Publications

  • Onwumere, D.D., Cruz, Y.M., Lauren I. Harris, L.I.,  Malfucci, K.A.,  Seidman,   S., Boone, C., & Patten, K.  (2020) The Impact of an Independence Curriculum on Self-Determination and Function in Middle School Autistic Students.  Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early InterventionDOI: 10.1080/19411243.2020.1799904 
  • Martin, W., Vidikis, R., Wu, J. & Patten, K. (2020). Promoting science, technology, and engineering self-efficacy and knowledge for all with an autism inclusion maker program. Frontiers in Education.
  • Fang, C., Weinberg, S. & Patten, K. (2020) A comparison of the participation levels of Taiwanese children with autism spectrum disorders  in inclusive vs. specialised settings. International Journal of Inclusive Education. DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2020.1777332
  • Martin, W., Vidiksis, R., Patten Koenig, K., & Chen, Y. (2019). Making on and off the spectrum. Connected Science Learning, Issue 10.
  • Patten Koenig, K. & Hough Williams, L. (2017): Characterization and Utilization of Preferred Interests: A Survey of Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2016.1248877
  • Tomchek, S., Koenig, K. P., Arbesman, M., & Lieberman, D. (2017). Evidence Connection—Occupational therapy interventions for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7101395010.
  • Tomchek, S., & Patten Koenig, K. (2016). Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Koenig, K.P., Feldman, J. Siegel, D, Bleiweiss, J., & Cohen, S. (2014). Issues in implementing a comprehensive intervention for public school children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42(1).
  • Hough, L, & Patten Koenig, K. (2014). Inclusion and innovation: Supporting employees on the autism spectrum. Mental Health Works Quarterly. Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association, Inc.
  • Hough, L. and Patten Koenig, K. (2014). Autism in the workplace: How occupational therapy practitioners can support the neurodiverse workforceOT Practice 19(2), 14–16. 


Occupational Therapy

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

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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention

Principles and methods of evaluation, goal development, and intervention in pediatric practice in occupational therapy. Factors that influence pediatric practice and selected frames of reference will be discussed. Assessment and intervention methods will be demonstrated, applied, and discussed in laboratory sessions.
Course #
OT-GE 2748
Occupational Therapy

Successful Intervention in Schools and Early Intervention

Examine therapist's perceptions that have an impact on therapy in the classroom and early intervention centers. Students will learn to identify strategies and methods that will assist in designing intervention plans that can be implemented in these settings. Research effective strategies for ensuring best practice in a wide variety of educational systems.
Course #
OT-GE 2335
Occupational Therapy