Kristie Patten Koenig Wins Grant to Promote Neurodiversity through Film

Congratulations to Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Kristie Patten Koenig for winning an NYU Steinhardt Faculty Development and Diversity Innovation Project grant.

The funds are awarded to faculty members across the school who are working to heighten the community’s awareness of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Specifically, Koenig’s grant will fund a series of short films offering information about neurodiversity — created by neurodiverse students.

Explaining the importance of this project, Koenig said, “As the community of students who are on the autism spectrum grows, there is a need to educate the broader NYU community on neurodiversity.”

Faculty member awardees posing for a photo together.
Stella Flores, associate dean for faculty development and diversity (center), honored faculty awardees Kristie Patten Koenig, Nisha Sajnani, Maria Hodermarska, Frank Pignatosi, and Joe Salvatore (from right to left).

Collaborators on Koenig’s project include the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities and the Tisch School of the Arts.