Faculty Achievements: Grants and Publications Summer/Fall 2018

Patricia Gentile

  • James, M.K., Robitsek, J.R., Syed, M.S., Gentile, P.A., Ramos, M., Perez, F. (2018). Clinical and non-clinical factors that predict discharge disposition after a fall. Injury 49(5) pp. 975-982. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2018.02.014

Anita Perr

  • NYU Dental School Clinic Redesign to Improve Access and Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • Book chapter published: Howe, T.-H. (2018). Oromotor Therapy. In J. Ongkasuwan & E. C. Chiou (Eds), Pediatric Dysphagia: Challenges and Controversies. New York, NY: Springer.     

Yael Goverover

  • Chiaravalloti, N. D., Goverover, Y., Costa, S. L., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted 7/30/2018). A Pilot Study Examining Speed of Processing Training (SPT) to Improve Processing Speed in persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Frontiers in Neurology (Manuscript ID: 389748).  
  • Stern, B., & Goverover, Y. (First Published June 3, 2018). An occupational perspective of everyday technology use for men with multiple sclerosis. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022618777985
  • Akbar, N., Sandroff, B., Wylie, G., Strober, L.B., Smith, A., Goverover, Y., Motl, R.W., DeLuca, J., & Genova, H. Progressive resistance exercise training and changes in resting-state functional connectivity of the caudate in persons with multiple sclerosis and severe fatigue: A proof-of-concept study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. (Accepted Feb 28, 2018, in press). doi: 10.1080/09602011.2018.1449758. PMID: 29618280
  • Stern, B. Z., Strober, L., DeLuca, J., & Goverover, Y. (2018). Subjective well-being differs with age in multiple sclerosis: A brief report. Rehabilitation Psychology, 63(3), 474-478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rep0000220 PMID: 30113202
  • Goverover, Y., & DeLuca, J. (2018). Assessing everyday life functional activity using actual reality in persons with MS. Rehabilitation Psychology. 63(2), 276-285. doi: 10.1037/rep0000212. PubMed PMID: 29878832.
  • Goverover, Y., Sandroff, B., & DeLuca, J. (2018). Dual-task of fine motor skill and problem-solving in   individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 99(4):635-640. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.10.012. PMID: 29108966
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., O’Brien, A., & DeLuca, J. (2018). Evidenced based cognitive rehabilitation for persons with multiple sclerosis: An updated review of the literature from 2007-2016. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 99(2), 390-407. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.07.021. PMID:28958607
  • Costa, S. L., DeLuca, J., Sandroff, B. M., Goverover, Y., & Chiaravalloti, N. D. (2018). The role of demographic and clinical factors in cognitive functioning of persons with relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis. Journal of International Neuropsychology Society, 24(2), 139-146. doi: 10.1017/S1355617717000777. PMID: 28830576
  • Kalina, J., Hinojosa, J., Strober, L., Bacon, J., Donnelly, S., & Goverover, Y. (2018). A randomized controlled trial to improve self-efficacy in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: The Community Reintegration for Socially Isolated Patients (CRISP) program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 72, 7205205030p1-

Janet Njelesani

  • Njelesani J., Siegel, J., & Ullrich, E.  (2018). Realization of the rights of persons with disabilities in Rwanda. PLOS One, 13(5), e0196347. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0196347
  • Njelesani J., & Njelesani, D. (2018). Addressing HIV/AIDS in school in Zambia through traditional games. AIDS Care, 1-3. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1476660
  • Njelesani J., Hashemi, G., Cameron, C., Cameron, D., Richard, D., & Parnes, P. (2018). From the day they are born: A qualitative study exploring violence against children with disabilities in West Africa. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 153. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5057-x
  • Dean L., Mulamba, C.,  Njelesani J., Mbabazi, P. & Bates I. (2018). Establishing an international laboratory network for neglected tropical diseases: Understanding existing capacity in five WHO regions. F1000Research, 7, 1464. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.16196.1
  • Co-Applicant: Advancing inclusion of children with disabilities in the UAE. NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. $15,000.
  • Principal Investigator: Generating and preventing violence: Schools’ responses to school violence against students with disabilities in Zambia.National Academy of Education (NAEd)/ Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. $70,000.

Kristie Patten Koenig

  • Patten Koenig, K. (in press). A strength based frame of reference for autistic individuals. In P. Kramer, J. Hinojosa & T. Howe (Eds.). Frames of reference for pediatric occupational therapy (4th edition).
  • Patten Koenig, K. & Shore, S. (2018). Self-determination and a shift to a strengths based model. In R. Watling & S. Spitzer (Eds.), Autism: A    Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, 4th edition, Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
Ongoing Awards:
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum”. (Principal Investigator Wendy Martin, PhD). National Science Foundation (NSF#1614436). Funded for 9/16 to 8/19. $300,734 subaward of $1,193,170 total award.
  • Principal Investigator: “NYU ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education.  7/1/18-6/30/19. $1,600,000
New Awards:
  • Principal Investigator: “ASD Nest supports, consultation, and professional development.” Norwalk Public School District. 3/1/18 – 6/30/19. $120,059
  • Principal Investigator: “Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program- Phase III”. (Co-Investigator Rose Vukovic, Ph.D.). Banco Santander.  Funded for 1/19 to 12/21. $418,000

Class Notes Summer/Fall 2018

Patricia West (MA, 2000) is currently living in Southern California. She obtained her specialty certification from AOTA in feeding, eating, and swallowing about 2 years ago, with focus on the pediatric population.

Valerie Grinman (MS, 2017) has been working at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital since March 2017, primarily in acute stroke rehab. She recently became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is also part of a hospital-wide interdisciplinary team called the Safety Coach Program, helping to prevent workplace injuries in patients and staff.

Diane Dirette (MA ’93, PhD ’97) and Sharon Gutman (PhD ’98) are the new co-editors of the 8th edition of Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction formally edited by Catherine Trombly and Mary Radomski. The new edition is scheduled to be published in 2020.

Michelle Rosenberg (MS, 2013) recently opened up a private practice in Ontario, Canada called “OT for Wellness”. She helps educate fellow occupational therapy practitioners in holistic approaches to practice, including comprehensive Yoga Instructor Certification Courses for OTs. She can be reached at MLR5085@gmail.com.

Marlene Handler, MS, OTR/L (MS, 2016) currently works in a D75 high school called the Brooklyn Transition Center, where the curriculum is designed with a focus toward basic vocational training in areas such as cooking, printing, and gardening, as well as community service. Marlene loves to integrate mindfulness and wellness strategies into her personal practice with her students to help them navigate everyday stressors.

Rick Frank (MA, 1988) has been doing OT for over 10 years part time in an outpatient rehab clinic, as part of a chronic pain management program. As part of that, he is excited to be doing some therapy sessions in a warm water pool, as well as teaching an aquatic yoga class. For the past two years he has been organizing and teaching an adaptive yoga class for people with disabilities.

Kelly Scanlon (MS, 2016) is currently a hand therapist who moved from NYC to Chicago in Jan 2018. She now works at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (Ranked 4th in US Orthopaedics). Kelly and her hand therapy colleagues will be hosting a CUE opportunity along side top ranked hand surgeons in the Nov 2018 Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Elbow to Hand Symposium: Hand to Elbow Fractures, a Case-Based Approach to Problem Solving A 1-½ day course reviewing anatomy, surgical interventions, and treatment for fractures of the elbow, wrist, and hand.

Robbie Levy (MA, 1982) is excited to share that her business Dynamic Kids, where she is Founder and Executive Director, is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary working with the children and their families in Westchester County. NY. In addition, Robbie was presented with Westchester Magazine’s 2018 Small Business Award in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains on September 13, 2018.

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NYU OT at the International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

The 17th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) took place May 21-25, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of this year’s Congress was “Connected in diversity: positioned for impact.”  The Congress’ program showcased the passion for occupational therapy that is shared around the world.

New York University was fortunate to be one of six OT programs from the United States to have an exhibition booth at the Congress.  The response to the OT booth was great!  Prospective post-professional students had the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about the online and on-campus Post-Professional OT programs at NYU. We are also happy to report that a number of NYU and NYU affiliated individuals gave well received poster and oral presentations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation Oral Sessions

Mariana D’Amico (Alumni)

  • Perspectives and Recommendations: Occupational Therapy and Transgender Populations

 

Rita Fleming-Castaldy (Alumni)

  • An historical analysis of occupational therapy and social activism: From settlement houses to reductionism to disability rights and occupational justice. Subtitle: Lessons learned from the profession’s first century to inform our future, enable well-being, and influence social policy

 

Siaw Chui Chai (Alumni)

  • Basics of innovation in health sciences; An overview of a new multidisciplinary course

 

Szu-Wei Chen (PhD Student)

  • Reconsidering the importance of leisure occupation in OT practice: Leisure should be an end goal of intervention

 

Kristie Patten Koenig (Chair/Faculty) and Stephen Shore (Adjunct Faculty)

  • Reframing Autism: Authentic Partnerships with Autistic Self Advocates to Guide Research, Teaching and Service Delivery

 

Chang Dae Lee

  • A Study on Validity and Reliability of Upper Extremity Performance Test for Elderly (TEMPA)

 

Anita Perr (Faculty)

  • The ConnectAbility Challenge: Design Challenge for Digital Tech

 

Presentations Poster Sessions

Rita Fleming-Castaldy (Alumni)

  • Connected in Justice: Harnessing Local Resources to Confront Social and Occupational Injustice, Empower Marginalized People, and Enable Health and Well-being Subtitle: Afya: An International Occupational Therapy Case Study in Making a Global Impact

 

Siaw Chui Chai (Alumni)

  • Grip Strength, Pinch Strength, and Manual Dexterity among Older Adults Living in Elderly Residential Care Facilities: Dominant Hand Vs Non-Dominant Hand

 

Grace Kim (Faculty)

  • An Innovative, Interdisciplinary, and Client-Centered Approach to Improve Clothing Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Does Adherence to Instructions Affect Upper Extremity Motor Outcomes in Individuals with Stroke Using Robotics Training? 

 

Kristie Patten Koenig (Chair/Faculty) and Stephen Shore (Adjunct Faculty)

  • Reframing Autism: Authentic Partnerships with Autistic Self Advocates to Guide Research, Teaching and Service Delivery

 

Paula McCreedy (Alumni/ Former Faculty)

  • Using Storytelling in Occupational Therapy to Help Children Overcome Learning Differences and Regulatory Challenges

 

Janet Njelesani (Faculty)

  • Realization of the rights of persons with disabilities in Rwanda

 

Anita Perr (Faculty) and Kay Koch

  • Hands-on Mat Assessment and Documentation for Seating and Wheeled Mobility
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NYU OT at the 2018 AOTA Conference

NYU OT Students at AOTA Conference

This year NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy students, faculty, and staff headed to Salt Lake City Utah April 19-22 for the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference.

The theme for last year’s conference focused on the History of OT during it’s 100 year celebration, and this year’s conference focused on the future of the OT profession. In support of this year’s theme, AOTA Vice President Shawn Phipps led a session entitled, “Vision 2025.” During this session participants learned ways the OT community can work together to position the profession for continued growth in the upcoming years.

Faculty at the NYU OT Booth

For the fourth year in a row, NYU Steinhardt OT had a booth in the Expo. Alumni and current students stopped by to say hello, reconnect with the department, and show their NYU OT pride by wearing our popular NYU OT Alumni, Supporter, and Students badges.

The booth also provided an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the post-professional MA, OTD, and PhD programs, as well as the new online OTD program. Faculty members and staff were on hand to answer questions about the curriculum, admissions requirements, and our remuneration program.

NYU OT Students and Faculty Gathered at AOTA Conference

One of the highlights: Our very own Alison Rangel-Padilla (Fieldwork Coordinator) led a Salsa Dance Break! This well-attended and fun event had conference participants dropping their bags and moving their bodies to salsa, merengue, and samba music on the conference floor.


NYU Steinhardt OT Faculty, Staff, and Student Participation:

 

Kristie Patten Koenig, Associate Professor

-Short Course 122 – Senses & Sensibilities: Experiencing, Recognizing, and Providing Support for Sensory Issues from Autistic and Practitioner Viewpoint (With Stephen Shore Ed.D., Adelphi University)

Plenary: Autistic Individuals as Equal Partners in Occupational Therapy Research

 

Yael Goverover. Associate Professor

-Research 2009 – My Way of Staying Connected”?: The Lived Experience of Adults With Multiple Sclerosis as Everyday Technology Users

-Abstract Synopsis:This constructivist grounded theory study examined the lived experience of adults with multiple sclerosis as everyday technology users. Technology is experienced as a means of fostering reciprocal connections to self and others within a context of connection to the world.

Contributing Authors: Batsheva Becher; Ilana Goss; Stephanie Tufano; Yael Goverover, PhD, OTR/L

-Short Course 405 – Everyday technology for all? Limitations and opportunities in assessment and treatment for adults with neurological disorders. Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation. With additional speakers Brocha Z. Stern, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, New York University; Joan Toglia, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Mercy College

Tsu-Hsin Howe:

-CY 3009 – Life Beyond School: Developing a Functional Life Skills Intervention To Promote School-to-Work Transition for Students With Developmental Disabilities with speakers Chia-Yang Chiang, M.A., OTR/L, New York City Department of Education

-Research 1027 – Effectiveness of Self-Determination Programs in Promoting Secondary Transition for Young Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with speaker Chia-Yang Chiang, M.A., OTR/L, New York City Department of Education

-Research 4012 – Parental Feeding Practice and Perceptions of Feeding Issues of Their Children With History of Prematurity in the First 2 Years of Life

 

Patricia Gentile:

-RDP 1001 – Occupational Therapy in the Perioperative Surgical Home, Part of Poster Session #1 Rehabilitation, Disability, & Participation

 

Tracy Chippendale:
-Research 3012 – Knowledge, Behavioral Practices, and Experiences of Outdoor Fallers: Considerations for Prevention Programs

 

Allison Rangel, Fieldwork Coordinator:

-Institute 025 – (AOTA) Becoming an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, with additional speakers Jamie Geraci, MS, OTR/L, Stony Brook University; Jeanette Koski, OTD, OTR/L, AFWC, The University of Utah; Jaynee Meyer, OTD, OTR/L, University of Southern California

 

Students:

Sandra Duarte
-GP 8006 – Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy: Putting Cultural Sensitivity To WorkWith additional speaker Brigitte Desport

Chia-Yang Chiang, M.A., OTR/L, New York City Department of Education
CY 3009 – Life Beyond School: Developing a Functional Life Skills Intervention To Promote School-to-Work Transition for Students With Developmental Disabilities with Tsu-Hsin Howe
-Research 1027 – Effectiveness of Self-Determination Programs in Promoting Secondary Transition for Young Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Tsu-Hsin Howe

Margaret Waskiewicz:
-RDP 2006 – Back to Basics: Enhancing Our Practice Through a Return to Occupation
Part of Poster Session with Kellianne Arnella and Nandita Singh, MPH, OTR/L; and
Steve Vanlew
-RDP 7015 – Tying It All Together: Mindfulness-Based Interventions for People With Parkinson’s Disease

Brocha Stern

-Short Course 405 – Everyday technology for all? Limitations and opportunities in assessment and treatment for adults with neurological disorders with Yael Goverover; Joan Toglia
-Short Course 245 – (SIS) RDSIS Hand Subsection Annual Program – Health Promotion and Self-Management Support in Hand Therapy – Bridging Chronic and Acute Care with additonal speaker Brian Connors
-RDP 3001 – So You Want To Be a Hand Therapist? Strategies for Authentic Specialization
-Research 2009 – My Way of Staying Connected”?: The Lived Experience of Adults With Multiple Sclerosis as Everyday Technology Users with additional speakers Samantha Gelon and Kathryn Ross
-Short Course 412 – Update on Upper-Extremity Cumulative Trauma Disorders: Physiological, Psychosocial, and Ecological Perspectives

Chang Dae Lee
-Research 5002 – Korean Upper-Extremity Performance Test for the Elderly: Validity and Reliability
-Research 8003 – Korean Upper-Extremity Performance Test for the Elderly: Normative Data and Characteristics of Upper-Extremity Function of Adults and Elderly

Monica Puglisi, MS, OTR/L, New York City Department of Education
-CY 3001 – Common Core Writing Standards and Alignment With Typical Childhood Development in Elementary School: A Scoping Review with Kristie Koenig, additional Speaker

2018 Frieda J. Behlen Scholarship Winners

Photo of Francine Cacciola and Monika DworakowskiThe NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarships. This year’s awardees are Francine Cacciola and Monika Dworakowski.

Francine Cacciola graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 2016 with a degree in Applied Psychology, and has returned to complete her masters in Occupational Therapy. Francine has a background working with children with special needs, and though she one day hoped to open her own school—she now sees the importance of making her holistic approach to learning available to all students and aspires to work as a practicing OT in a public school setting. There she hopes to help cater to all learning styles, sensory needs, and foster empowerment, growth, and creativity with a focus on children’s strengths. She is also a certified yoga teacher! Francine will graduate in 2019.

Monika Dworakowski completed her B.A. at Boston College in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Her research interests within the field of OT include neuroscience, geriatrics, and anatomy. Monika participated in a summer research project that was a scoping study about how women with disabilities are treated by their partners in Sierra Leone, as well as a current project relating to the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation therapy for those with mild to moderate dementia. She also worked for the GIFTED Women’s Fellowship Program in the summer of 2017. Monika is also a student ambassador, helping welcome new OT students as they begin their journey at NYU. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in a setting with a geriatric population, with a focus on patients with dementia. Monika will graduate in 2019.

The Frieda J. Behlen Occupational Therapy Scholarship is an endowed fund created principally by gifts from alumni of the occupational therapy programs at NYU. Income generated by the endowment is awarded annually to students who demonstrate superior academic achievement as well as financial need. With growth in the fund’s balance from new gifts, the amount given out has been able to increase and will continue to do so. The award takes the form of a tuition aid applied toward summer courses. Professional Program second-year students are eligible to apply.

The fund was named to honor the memory of Frieda J. Behlen, founder and longtime chair of NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Behlen was known for never hesitating to find monies, even if from her own pocketbook, to enable deserving students to complete their studies.

To contribute to this and other Department of Occupational Therapy funds please visit http://www.nyu.edu/giving/.

NYU OT Students Study Autism in London

This January professor Kristie Patten Koenig and adjunct professor Stephen Shore took OT students to London for the Steinhardt Global course United Photo of OT StudentsKingdom: Comparative Perspectives on Autism and Well-Being. The course examined literature and research findings for evidence that supports treatment of children and youth with autism in a variety of settings.  Students’ clinical and educational experiences were used as a basis to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of intervention through a strength based lens. Advances in strength based approaches including health and education were examined and a comparative analyses conducted.

We spoke with Francine Cacciola, a current MS in OT student, about her experience during the London class, what brought her to NYU OT, and how she sees herself as a future practitioner.

Photo of Francine CacciolaWhat made you want to participate in this global class, and what was your favorite part about the experience?

One of my greatest academic interests has always been working with children with autism. I have taken many courses and worked with many children on the spectrum, so when I learned about the course being offered in London I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about autism from a new perspective.

Aside from the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of London, the course offered so many diverse opportunities to learn from Kristie Koenig, professor and chair of NYU’s OT department, and Stephen Shore, professor at Adelphi University and autism self advocate, as well as other autism self advocates, researchers, and professionals in the field. Unlike classes that rely heavily on reading and lectures, this course was interactive and provided first hand experiences from those living with autism and working with autistic individuals. I especially loved the interdisciplinary approach that the course encompassed. The students represented over 10 different programs from NYU and learning alongside students from other related programs fostered collaboration of ideas, experiences, and perspectives.

How did your time in London influence your view of the current system of working with ASD individuals in the US?

I have always had an interest in working in the school system, so it was inspiring to see the ways in which London is advanced in focusing on strengths in autistic individuals, a focus that I will incorporate into my practice and encourage others to do as well. We had the opportunity to visit the SPA School, a specialized school for autistic children. The school was equipped with full size trampolines in the gymnasium to provide the children with vestibular input, a greenhouse for children participate in horticulture, and art, music, and drama programs to foster creativity and promote expression and socialization. The school also had a coffee shop next door in which all of the students worked shifts during school hours to learn life skills. The SPA school was an encompassment of what I feel all schools should be offering to students on the spectrum or not. As a future occupational therapist I plan to incorporate aspects of the SPA School and what I have learned through the course in London into my practice working with children in schools.

Why do you think viewing autism through a strength based lens is the most effective form of intervention?

One theme that Kristie and Stephen strongly emphasized throughout the course is the fact that we don’t build a life doing things we are bad at. So why should we, as professionals, push for working on things that autistic people are bad at, especially when each individual has so many strengths to focus on. Instead of working solely on remediating weaknesses, we should be working with autistic individuals on creating a life based on their strengths.

What activity during the time in London opened your eyes most?

It is hard to pick one experience that impacted me the most during the course in London because each day was so memorable. One particular experience that truly resonated with me was the morning that we had the producers, cast, and writers of children’s show Pablo, come speak to us.

Pablo is a children’s show featuring an autistic child as the main character who creates animal friends with his magic crayons which represent different characteristics of autism. It was so amazing to hear from the autistic writers and actors themselves about their process of creating the episodes and generating ideas based off of their own life experiences. Most of the media portrayals of autism in the US are written and acted by individuals who are not autistic, so hearing the raw, honest process that goes into creating Pablo opened my eyes to how the US should be portraying autism.

Clinical Assistant Professor Karen Buckley Retires

In August 2017, longtime faculty member Karen A. Buckley retired from the Department of Occupational Therapy. Karen received her MA in Photo of Professor Karen Buckley.occupational therapy from NYU in 1977 and began the academic portion of her career in 1985 at NYU.

Because Karen had spent those intervening years as a practicing therapist in adult rehabilitation, initially her teaching focused on patients and clients with neurological deficits. As a clinical line faculty, Karen was able to explore other practice areas in OT. Along with two colleagues, she established a pediatric private practice for school age children. She also worked in a hand therapy private practice and encouraged the therapists to be more functional in their treatment approaches.

This in-depth experience in a number of practice areas enabled Karen to branch out and teach over 20 different courses during her employment at NYU. These courses included: ​Neuroscience, Human Development, Fieldwork Seminars, Domain of Concern, Community Practice, Human Performance I, Skills and Purposeful Activities, and Community Outreach Seminar. Karen also enjoyed the advisement process and became very interested in helping students develop strategies for better test-taking skills. It was not unusual for Karen to spend an hour or more with individual students as they reviewed tests and assignments.

Karen served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program until it was phased out in 2001, and she was named Professional Program Director under Jim Hinojosa’s leadership when he was the Departmental Chair. Karen has participated in and survived 8 ACOTE accreditation visits and 3 department location changes!

We are grateful for all of Karen’s hard work and dedication to our profession and the department during the past 32 years. We are happy to welcome her back as an adjunct instructor during the 2017-2018 academic year teaching one of her favorite courses: Analysis of Human Activity I; the course where she can teach the areas she is passionate about– occupation/activity analysis, mobility, and safe handling techniques.

Introducing the Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research

Photo of Gerald Voelbel PresentingThis fall marked the inception of the yet-to-be official Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research (CoHRR), directed by Gerald Voelbel, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program.

The mission of the CoHRR is to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health, functioning, participation, and quality of life among individuals, groups, and communities. The CoHRR fosters interdisciplinary collaboration that furthers basic, applied, and translational health and rehabilitation research.

The CoHRR held it’s Inaugural Research Symposium in September to highlight Steinhardt’s health and rehabilitation researchers. Speakers at the symposium included faculty from Steinhardt’s Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and Nutrition departments. The center also hosted two additional visiting speakers Dr. Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla of the Biocruces Health Research Center in Bilbao, Spain and Kaitlyn Tona, Au.D. of NYU Langone during the fall semester.

Faculty Achievements: Grants and Publications Summer/Fall 2017

A complete list of achievements by the faculty of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy.

GRANTS

Kristie Patten Koenig

  • Principal Investigator: “NYU ASD Nest Support Project.” Skaneateles Central School District. 9/1/17-6/30/18. $53,749
  • Principal Investigator: “NYU ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/1/17-6/30/18. $1,555,551
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fostering Program”. (Co-Principal Investigator). Newman’s Own Foundation. 6/30/17 – 7/1/18 $35,000

Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • 2017: New York University, The Steinhardt School of Education: Faculty Challenge Grant: Cross-Department Collaboration Award

Grace Kim

  • 2017-2018 Co-Principal Investigator: “Using Sensors to Capture Arm Impairment in Individuals with Stroke”. New York University Research Challenge Grant, $14,000
  • 2017-2018 Co-Principal Investigator: “Using Sensors to Capture Arm Impairment in Individuals with Stroke”. Steinhardt Faculty Challenge Grant $10,000

Janet Njelesani

  • 2017-2018 Principal Investigator: Occupational Therapy Research Group on Disability-based Violence. NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiative Award. $10,000.
  • 2017-2018 Principal Investigator: School violence against children with disabilities in Lusaka, Zambia: A pilot study. NYU Steinhardt Global Research Incubator Award. $10,000.

PUBLICATIONS

Tracy Chippendale

  • Chen, S.W. & Chippendale, T. (accepted). The Issue Is: Leisure as ends, not just means in occupational therapy intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Chippendale, T. (2018). Predicting use of outdoor fall prevention strategies: Considerations for prevention practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Early online.
  • Boltz, M., Lee, K. H., Chippendale, T. & Trotta, R. L. (2018). Pre-admission functional decline in hospitalized persons with Dementia: The influence of family caregiver factors. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Early online.
  • Chippendale, T & Raveis, V. (2017). Knowledge, behavioral practices, and experiences of outdoor fallers: Implications for prevention programs. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Early online.
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A. & James, M. K. (2017). Characteristics and outcomes of falls among older adult trauma patients: Considerations for injury prevention programs. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Early online.

Patricia Gentile

  • James, M., Saghir, M., Victor, M., Gentile, P.A.  (in press).  Characterization of fall patients: Does age matter?  Journal of Safety Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2017.12.010                                                                                     
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A. and James, M. K. (2017). Characteristics and consequences of falls among older adult trauma patients: Considerations for injury prevention programs. Aust Occup Ther J.  https://doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12380
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A., James, M. K., and Melnic, G. (2017) Indoor and outdoor falls among older adult trauma patients: A comparison of patient characteristics, associated factors and outcomes. Geriatr Gerontol Int, 17: 905–912. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12800

Yael Goverover

  • Stern, B., Strober, L., DeLuca, J., & Goverover, Y. (Accepted, December 14, 2017).  Subjective Well-being Differs with Age in Multiple Sclerosis: A Brief Report. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Goverover, Y., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted, November 21, 2017). Assessing Everyday Life Functional Activity using Actual RealityTM in Persons with MS. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Goverover, Y., Sandroff, B., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted, October 13, 2017). Dual-Task of Fine Motor skill and Problem-Solving in   Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A pilot study.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., O’Brien, A., & DeLuca, J. (2017). Evidenced Based Cognitive Rehabilitation for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis: An Updated Review of the Literature from 2007-2016. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. pii: S0003-9993(17)31117-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.07.021. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Costa, S. L., DeLuca, J., Sandroff, B. M., Goverover, Y., & Chiaravalloti, N. D. (Accepted, July 6, 2017). The role of demographic and clinical factors in cognitive functioning of persons with relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis. Journal of Imternational Neuropsychology Society.
  • Kalina, J., Hinojosa, J., Strober, L., Bacon, J., Donnelly, S., & Goverover, Y. (Accepted, June 19, 2017). A randomized controlled trial to improve self-efficacy in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: The Community Reintegration for Socially Isolated Patients (CRISP) program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N.,Genova, H & DeLuca, J. (2017). An RCT to Treat Impaired Learning and Memory in Multiple Sclerosis: The self-GEN Trial. Multiple Sclerosis. 1:1352458517709955. doi: 10.1177/1352458517709955.

Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • Howe, T.-H., Chen, H.-L., Lee, C. C., Chen, Y.-D., & Wang, T.-N. (2017). The Computerized Perceptual Motor Skills Assessment (CPMSA): A new visual perceptual motor skills evaluation tool for children in early elementary grades. Research in Developmental Disability, 69, 30-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2017.07.010

Grace Kim

  • Kim, GJ, Taub, M., Creelman, C., Cahalan, C., O’Dell, M.W., & Stein, J. (accepted). Hand training utilizing electromyography-triggered robotics for individuals after chronic stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kim, G.J., Hinojosa, J., Rao, A., Batavia, M., & O’Dell, M.W. (2017). Randomized trial on the effects of attentional focus on motor training of the upper extremity using robotics with individuals after chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.06.005

Janet Njelesani

  • Dean L., Mulamba, C.,  Njelesani J., Mbabazi, P. & Bates I. (in press, 2018). Establishing an international laboratory network for neglected tropical diseases: Understanding existing capacity in five WHO regions. International Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health.
  • Njelesani J., Hashemi, G., Cameron, C., Cameron, D., Richard, D., & Parnes, P. (2018). From the day they are born: A qualitative study exploring violence against children with disabilities in West Africa. BMC Public Health; doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5057-x
  • Hui N., Vickery E., Njelesani J., & Cameron D. (2017). Gendered experiences of inclusive education for children with disabilities in West and East Africa. International Journal of Inclusive Education; doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1370740

Anita Perr

  • 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.

 

Class Notes: Fall 2017

Ali Ahmad, PhD (PhD 2015) is currently working in the clinic as the head of the hand therapy unit at Ministry of Health – Kuwait.

James Battaglia, MA OTR/L CHT (MA 2001) has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program in the Health Professions Department at Hofstra University. He is currently working toward completion of his EdD in Learning and Teaching at Hofstra as well. His paper Toward a Caring Curriculum: Can Occupational Therapy be Taught in a Caring Context?, was published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and a co-authored paper with his wife Dana Battaglia entitled, Faculty mentoring in communication sciences and disorders: Case study of a doctoral teaching practicum, was published in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal in late 2016.

Paula Kramer (BS 1973, MA 1977, Ph.D. 1993) was recently named Professor Emerita of University of the Sciences.

Katherine Malfucci (MSOT 2012) started working last year as a Senior Instructional Therapist mentor with the Nest program, a New York City Dept. of Ed. ASD program that partners with NYU to include students with ASD in general ed classrooms. It has been a great inspiration to work with and learn from therapists throughout the city who do such wonderful, innovative work with our students.  This year she also began working at Back to Health, an outpatient clinic in Brooklyn, providing care for clients of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and disabilities.

Sara Monheit-Peress (MA 1981) is married to Louis Peress (a COTA and Real Estate Broker) and is practicing Occupational Therapy in Las Vegas.

Jaimie Porter OTR/L CBIS (MSOT 2011) currently works in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Hospital, originally on the Brain Injury Rehab unit and currently on the Spinal Cord Injury Rehab unit, and has recently become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Jackie Tamayo, MS, OTR/L (MS 2012) is a hand therapy resident at OrthoCarolina ’16-’17, obtained CHT, and is a hand Specialist at Calif. Orthopaedic Institute in San Diego.

Audrey H. Weiss (MA 1995) wrote the cover story in the August (2016) edition of OT Advance Magazine. The story titled Hitting the High Notes…starting an OT music group for special-needs students is easier-and more fun- than you thought, is about her OT music group which she runs in schools and clinics.