2015 Class Notes

Fran Babiss (PhD ‘01) is the principal investigator on a North Shore-LIJ Health System IRB-approved study. She works on comparing classroom and experiential learning of TeamSTEPPS, an AHRQ-approved teamwork and communication building tool. The study has just begun subject enrollment and should conclude by the end of the year.

Lindsey Biel (MA ‘99) published her second book, Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work With Kids & Teens, and is a guest lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center.

Susan Braham (MS ‘10) is an OTRL at the Staten Island University Hospital where she works in inpatient rehabilitation. She is a senior therapist active on pain management task force & yoga/tai chi class with a specialty in manual therapies, continuing education focusing on myofascial release techniques for yoga and manual techniques. She also has a private practice in therapeutic massage, yoga, and yoga therapy.

Allysin Bridges (MA ‘02) is working at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a senior OT on the CAPABLE Study (Community Aging in Place Advancing Better Living for Elders). She is also in the process of starting her own company, OT Home Solutions, for healthy and safe aging.

Paula Connolly-Close (MA ‘83) has been an occupational therapist for 32 years. She lives at the Jersey Shore and her daughter, Katherine, is currently a graduate student at NYU (BER program).

Kim Conti (MA ‘94) is a certified hand therapist (CHT) at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, and has been for the past 18 years. She is married with three stepchildren.

Lisa Davis (MA ‘80) published the book, Occupational Therapy Student to Clinician, Making The Transition, which was written for OT students entering fieldwork or their first job following graduation. The book provides readers with information about the practical aspects of being successful in OT and is for sale on Amazon.

Rita P. Fleming-Castaldy (PhD ‘08) published an article, “A macro perspective for client-centered practice in curricula: Critique and teaching methods,” in the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. She presented about the personal assistance services to support family and work life at the 20th annual meeting of European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education in the Netherlands.

Lori Kamer-Licker (BS ‘79) is an author and creator of a program for children. Her program, “Writing-Right with Professor Pendleton Pencil,” is an innovative, effective, and motivating handwriting curriculum for children.

Lillian Kaplan (BS ‘80) is completing her third year as chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at York College, City University of New York. As a long-time pediatric clinician and OT educator, she teaches neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience, activity analysis and motor learning at York College. Her research focuses on attention’s influence on complex skill acquisition.

Karen Ling (MS ‘14) is a writer for www.seniorcare.com and a social media correspondent for NYC Universal Design Conference (@UniversalDesNYC). She uses social media to promote positive aging, universal design, and to spread awareness of OT.

Sarah Lyon (MA ‘11) has been blogging at www.otpotential.com where she has interviewed several of her former NYU classmates.

Katherine Malfucci (MS ‘12) is working as a senior OT in the NYC Department of Education at an elementary school with students with intellectual disabilities. In the summer, she works at a skilled nursing facility with adults and older adults.

Salma Malik (MS ‘12) is beginning a new occupational therapy program at More Than a Gym in Syosset. She is also servicing students in Hicksville Public Schools, and just had a third baby.

Diane Powers Dirette (MA ‘93, PhD ‘97) is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, the first open-access journal for the profession. The publication has over 50,000 full-text downloads in 119 countries and has become a well-respected peer-reviewed journal in OT.

Panos Rekoutis (MA ‘00, PhD ‘10) co-founded ReDiscoverKids OT, PLLC in 2011, which focuses on assessment, intervention, and consultation regardless of age or adversity. He also provides staff training for school-based OT’s and teachers, as well as continuing education courses. He has also recently had an article accepted in Teachers College Record, a peer-reviewed journal in the education field.

Jacqueline Tamayo (MS ‘12) is a traveling occupational therapist, practicing outpatient upper extremity rehabilitation and acute inpatient rehab. She married her best friend and soldier, Julian Tamayo, following graduation.

Kelly J. Webster (DPS ‘14) does acute inpatient and outpatient OT work in CT. She is now doing ergonomic workstation assessments and treating injured workers in both a factory and office setting. She also served as an adjunct professor this past spring for Dr. Anita Perr’s class, Analysis of Human Activity and Occupational Performance II.