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Yael Goverover

Post Professional Program Director, Professor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy


Yael Goverover is a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her main clinical and research interests focus on cognitive and functional impairments resulting from brain injuries. She has studied cognitive components and their associations with activities of daily living in individuals with acute brain injuries. Her current interests include developing interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning and quality of life in individuals with brain injuries and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Goverover has received the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship award and also a National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant to support her study related to improving learning and memory of functional tasks in MS. Dr. Goverover graduated with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1993. She then completed a master’s program (with honors) in developmental psychology and educational counseling from Tel Aviv University in 1996. In 2002, she graduated with a doctor of philosophy degree in occupational therapy from NYU. Dr. Goverover is also currently a visiting professor at the Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Laboratory of Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center.

Selected Publications

  • Engel, L., Chui, A., Goverover, Y., & Dawson, D. (Accepted: 2/3/17). Optimizing activity and participation outcomes for people with self-awareness impairments related to acquired brain injury: An interventions systematic review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
  • Goverover, Y., Haas, S., & DeLuca, J. (2016). Money Management Activities in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97, 1901-1907.
  • Genova, H., Genualdi, A., Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N. D., Marino, C., & Lengenfelder, J. (2016). An investigation of the impact of facial affect recognition impairments in moderate to severe TBI on fatigue, depression, and quality of life, Social Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2016.1173584
  • Goverover, Y., Genova, H. Smith, A., Chiaravalloti, N., & Lengenfelder, J. (2016). Changes in activity participation following traumatic brain injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2016.1168746
  • Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2016). Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS) and performance of everyday life tasks: Actual reality. Multiple Sclerosis, 22, 544-550.
  • Goverover, Y., & DeLuca, J. (2015). Actual Reality: Using the Internet to Assess Everyday Functioning after Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury. 29(6):715-721
  • Goverover, Y., Strober, L., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2015). Factors that moderate activity limitation and participation restriction in people with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6902260020.


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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