NYU at the 2015 AOTA Conference

The 95th Annual AOTA Conference and Expo was held April 16-19, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference celebrated its 50th anniversary with the theme, “Giving Voice to the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy.”

For the first time, the department had an exhibition booth to promote our post-professional programs (MA, DPS, and PhD). Prospective students had the opportunity to meet with and speak to our associate director of enrollment, various faculty, and our fieldwork administrator coordinator. The interaction between prospective students and our representatives was vital for them to learn about the NYU post-professional occupational therapy programs.

The department was also excited to hold its annual alumni dessert reception during the conference. The event, which was held Friday, April 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, welcomed alumni, faculty, and students of the department.

Scroll through our slideshow of photos from our exhibition booth and reception below!

The Department extends its congratulations to the many NYU Steinhardt OT faculty, students, and alumni who took part in the annual conference.

The NYU Steinhardt OT faculty participated at the conference through the following lectures and presentations:

Professor Jim Hinojosa and Associate Professor Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • “ePortfolios: The Way of the Future for Self-Assessing and Documenting Competence”

Associate Professor and Department Chair Kristie Patten Koenig

  • “Development of a Middle School Independence Curriculum: An Occupational-Based Program for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” with Dora Onwumere, MS, OTR/L; Lauren Harris; and Steven Seidman, OTR/L, all of New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn, NY

Associate Professor Yael Goverover

  • “Performance-Based Assessment for Adults with Cognitive Impairments: Research Findings and Practice Implications” with Mary Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Courage Kenny Research Center, Minneapolis, MN; Leslie Davidson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA; Deirdre Dawson,PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Laurel Smith, MS, OTR/L, United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA; and Timothy Wolf, OTD, OTR/L, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Associate Professor Tracy Chippendale

  • “Perceived Neighborhood Fall Risks and Strategies Used to Prevent Outdoor Falls: Does Age Matter?” with contributing author Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC


NYU Steinhardt OT adjunct faculty and current students participated at the conference through the following lectures and presentations:

Adjunct Professor Patricia A. Gentile

  • “Occupational Therapy Leadership in Designing and Implementing Injury Prevention Programs in Level I Trauma Centers” with contributing author, Mark A. Dekki, MPA. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY

Ph.D. candidate Grace Kim

  • “Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics: An Interdisciplinary Pediatric Program for Service and Research” with Jan Rowe, DrOT, OTR/L, FAOTA, Children’s of Alabama, Wilsonville, AL; Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; Karmen Fischbach, MS, OTR/L, Jefferson County Board of Education, Birmingham, AL; Shannon Bennett, PhD; Lisa Rivera, MS, OTR/L, all of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY


We would also like to recognize the participation of the following alumni:

Gary Bedell ‘86, ‘98
Lisa Davis ‘80
Diane Powers Dirette ‘97
Nancy Finkelstein-Kline ‘98
Glen Gillen ‘89
Sharon Gutman ‘97
Neil Harvison ‘04
Laurie Knis-Matthews ‘05
Fengyi Kuo ‘98
Ai Lian Lim ‘09
Supawadee Lee ‘02
Marianne Mortera ‘04
Alisha Ohl ‘12
Laurette Olson ‘02
Meira L. Orentlicher ‘08
David Pallister ‘95
Christine Peters ‘06
Mara Podvey ‘09
Christine Rotko ‘73
Joyce Sabari ‘92
Sarah A. Schoen ‘01
Steven Seidman ‘94
Francine M. Seruya ‘09
Chinyu Wu ‘95

If there are any names that have been left out erroneously, please let us know, so we can include them here.