2013-2014 Faculty Grants and Publications

A complete list of the grants and publications by the faculty of the Department of Occupational Therapy, in the academic year of 2013-14.


Tracy Chippendale, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Principal Investigator: “Living legends: Education and inspiration for the next generation of health professionals.” Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. 10/13 to 10/14. $20,000.

Yael Goverover, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy,

  • Principal Investigator: “Exploring the effects of a memory intervention on memory and everyday life activities with persons with MS.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 10/13 to 10/14. $42,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “The Use of Actual Reality to Measure Everyday Life Functional Activity in Multiple Sclerosis.” Biogen IDEC. 12/14 to 12/15. $139,000.

Kristie Patten-Koenig, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Principal Investigator: “ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/14 to 7/15. $1,200,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “Autism: Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to a positive life trajectory.” The Humanities Initiative Research Collaborative. 4/14 to 4/16. $10,000.
  • Principal Investigator: “Prevalence and Characteristics of Yoga-Based Programs in a Large Urban Public School District: Survey of Current Practices.” Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. 11/13 to 4/14. $5,154.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fellowship Program.” Banco Santander. 1/13 to 12/16. $500,000.
  • Principal Investigator: “ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/13 to 7/14. $1,022,890.
  • Principal Investigator: “The middle child: Developing a middle school model for students with ASD.” FAR Fund. 7/13 to 7/14. $50,000.
  • Principal Investigator: “Keeping it Real: Collaborating with Self-Advocates to Develop Strength-Based Modules for Public Schools.” Autism Speaks. 1/13 to 1/14.  $25,000.

Anita Perr, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Co-Principal Investigator: “ABILITY Lab; Accessibility and Assistive Technology Research and Development.” New York University Provost Office Mega-grants Initiative. 9/14 to 9/15. $50,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “ABILITY Lab.” Private Gift. 9/14 to 9/15. $100,000.

Gerald Voelbel, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Principal Investigator: “Cognitive Remediation for Individuals with Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment.” New York University Steinhardt IDEAs (Innovative, Developmental, Exploratory Awards). 9/13 to 12/14. $5,000.



Tracy Chippendale:

  • Boltz, M., Resnick, B., Chippendale, T. & Galvin, J. E. (accepted). Testing a family-centered intervention to promote functional and cognitive recovery in hospitalized older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Chippendale, T. & Boltz, M. (accepted). Perceived neighborhood fall risks and strategies used to prevent outdoor falls: Does age matter? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Chippendale, T., & Boltz, M. (2014). The neighborhood environment: Perceived fall risk, resources and strategies for fall prevention. The Gerontologist, Early online, 1-9.
  • Chippendale, T. (2014). Meeting the mental health needs of older adults across practice settings. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 32, 1-9.
  • Chippendale, T. (2013). Elders’ life stories: Impact on the next generation of health professionals. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research.

Jim Hinojosa:

  • Hinojosa, J., & Kramer, P. (Eds.) (2014). Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data (4th edition). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Hinojosa, J., & Blount, M. L. (Eds.) (2014). The Texture of life: Occupations and Related Activities (4th edition). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Tsu-Hsin Howe:

  • Howe, T.-H., Sheu, C.-F., Wang, T.-N., Hsu, Y.-W. (2014). Parenting Stress in Families with Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants in early infancy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1748-1756. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2014.02.015
  • Wang, T.-N., Howe, T.-H., Lin, K. -C. & Hsu, Y.-W. (2014). Hand Function and Its Prognostic Factors of Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Children Up to Two Years of Age. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35,322-329. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2013.11.023
  • Howe, T.-H. & Perr, A. (2014). Self-care Occupations. In J. Hinojosa & M.-L. Blount (Eds.) (4th edition), The Texture of Life: Occupations and Related Activities (pp. 337-352). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Howe, T.-H. & Holzman, I. R. (2014). Fine motor development. Book chapter in W. F. Malcolm (Ed.), Beyond the NICU: comprehensive care of the high-risk infant. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional publication.

Yael Goverover:

  • Goverover, Y., Genova, H., Wood, H., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (accepted). Metacognitive knowledge and online awareness in Multiple Sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation.
  • Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N., & DeLuca, J. (2014). Task meaningfulness and degree of cognitive impairment: Do they affect self-generated learning in persons with Multiple Sclerosis? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 24, 155-171.

Kristie Patten-Koenig:

  • Patten Koenig, K., 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).
  • Patten Koenig, K. (2014). The context of evaluation. In Hinojosa, J., Kramer, P, & Christ, P. (eds), Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 4th edition. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • 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. & Patten Koenig, K. (2014). Autism in the workplace: How occupational therapy practitioners can support the neurodiverse workforce. OT Practice 19(2),14–16. http://dx.doi.org/10.7138/otp.2014.192f3

Gerald Voelbel:


2014 Class Notes

Rhoda Scherer Cohen, (B.A. 1949, M.A.1976), one of Frieda Behlen’s first students at NYU is currently retired after working for twenty years at Coney Island Hospital and opening a Pediatric therapy Center. She would now love to mentor students on how it was done back then.

Diane DeMaio-Feldman, (M.A. 1982, Ph.D. 1991), is certified in the practice of cognitive rehabilitation therapy and has a postdoctoral certification in neuropsychology. Her private practice specializes in the provision of neurorehabilitation services to clients of all ages who have neurological compromise.

Gail P. Mechlowitz Stocks, (M.A. 1986), is an OT at the Phoenix Center in New Jersey where she has secured a grant from Seton Hall University, to install a multi-sensory environment, and has initiated a comedy club for the students.

Victoria Schindler, (M.A. 1987, Ph.D. 2002), is an Associate Professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and is currently organizing a Learning Abroad trip to Colombia.

Joyce Sabari, (Ph.D. 1992), has been the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center since 1999, and has published several book chapters and journal articles on stroke rehabilitation.

Marilyn Sexton-Federico, (M.A. 1995), is married with two children and works part-time in a private clinic.

Lindsey Biel, (M.A. 1999), published a book, Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens this year, and teaches workshops for parents and teachers, most recently at the Yale Child Study Center.

Allysin E. Wessel-Bridges, (M.A. 2002), is currently working on the CAPABLE study, a client directed aging in place program for older adults in a low income, urban setting, in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Jenny Keyerleber, (M.A. 2003), is working as a school based therapist in Cherry Creek schools and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Diana Alberti Feinberg, (M.S. 2007), has been working in inpatient acute, sub-acute and home care, since graduation, and now lives in East Quogue with her husband and 8-month old son.

Natasha Burt Rutherford, (M.S. 2007), is a senior therapist at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, and specializes in acute care/NICU.

Lauren Brukner, (M.S. 2010), has just published a book on self-regulation strategies for children.

Bianica Jackson Davis, (M.A. 2012), will be celebrating her first year of marriage to Dr. Samuel Davis in September.

Jessica Ng, (M.S. 2014), will be begin to pursue her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree at Thomas Jefferson University School of Health Professions, this year.

Elizabeth Hope Whalen, (M.S.2014), recently passed her boards while she was eight months pregnant, and will start work in the fall.

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