Marianne H. Mortera, Ph.D., OTR/L, Visiting Assistant Professor, received her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Capital University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Dr. Mortera has been an occupational therapist since 1987. Her clinical expertise in neurological and brain injury rehabilitation started with her initial clinical training in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Hospital and The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center.
Her research has focused on the return to productivity in OEF/OIF Veterans with traumatic brain injury, and the development and initial testing of the Mortera Cognitive Screening Measure and the Cognitive Screen for Grooming. Her current research includes reviews of pharmacological interventions and functional/ADL outcomes and the examination of the effectiveness of complementary integrative medicine in TBI rehabilitation. She is also examining validity frameworks used in rehabilitation research and practice. Dr. Mortera has also written several book chapters and journal articles on brain injury rehabilitation, cognitive assessment, and occupational therapy assessment and treatment guidelines.
For over 30 years, Dr. Mortera has been an occupational therapy faculty member in entry-level and post-professional education programs. She has mentored student research projects, and has developed and taught over 40 courses in neuroscience, kinesiology, neurorehabilitation, physical disabilities, cognitive rehabilitation, medical conditions, the development of clinical practice guidelines, theory, research methods, measurement, and applied scientific inquiry at New York University, Long Island University, Columbia University, Mercy College, A.T. Still University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Nova Southeastern University. She is a continuing education provider and has presented nationally and internationally on neuroscience underlying occupational therapy interventions, the development of cognitive assessments using the Structured Functional Cognitive Assessment method, and the assessment of study quality in brain injury rehabilitation research.