Dr. Miller-Kuhaneck's professional interests: Pediatric occupational therapy
with a specialty in autism and sensory integration; Working with families and siblings of
children with autism. 

Degrees: Ph.D., Public Health, University of Connecticut; MS, Occupational Therapy; BS,
Occupational Therapy. 

Teaching responsibilities: Pediatrics in Occupational Therapy; Introduction to
Occupational Therapy; Introduction to Research and Research II; Special Topics in
Occupational Therapy; Portfolio II, Capstone Advising. 

Research Interests & Grants: Autism; Coping and self efficacy of mothers of children
with autism; Play in children with autism; Professional involvement and mentoring;
Assessment of sensory processing in the schools and intervention to improve sensory
environments for students. 

2014-15: University Research and Creativity Grant – Predictors of play skills in young
children with autism spectrum disorders $6,390.00; 2012-13: University Research and
Creativity Grant - Development of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment (C-SEA);
2011: Dean’s Interdisciplinary Research Award - Efficacy of Whole Body Vibration in
Autism Spectrum Disorders; 2010-2011: Academic Creative Teaching Grant -for attendance at
the Summer Teaching and Learning Institute at the Center for Occupational Therapy
Education at Colorado State University. 

Honors, Awards & Fellowship: • Alice S. Bachmann Clinician Award, February 24, 2012 •
Award of Service -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 12, 2011 • Fellow
of the American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2010 • Certificate of
Appreciation -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, 2010 • Award of Merit,
Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 2009 • Recognition of Achievement
Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2008 



Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right (with Elissa Miller and Susan L. Spitzer), Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2010)

"Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right applies foundational...



Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach (with Renee Watling ed.), Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2010)

Various reports in the national media have focused on a potentially significant rise in the...




Autism, Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2014)


Evolution of a Theory: How Measurement Has Shaped Ayres Sensory Integration (with Zoe Mailloux), Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2014)


A Preliminary Investigation of the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Social Play in Autism Spectrum Disorder (with Preston A. Britner), Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2013)

There are well-documented play deficits in autism beginning with infant object and social play. To...



A Survey of Pediatric Occupational Therapists' Use of Play, Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2013)

Over a decade ago, researchers surveyed pediatric occupational therapists regarding their use of play and...



Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5 Changes to the Autism Diagnostic Criteria: A Critical Moment for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2012)

The new definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is expected to appear in May 2013...