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. 

2012: 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...




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...



Improving Dental Visits for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders through an Understanding of Sensory Processing (with Elizabeth Cipes Chisholm, DMD), Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2012)

The increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suggests that dental practices will be seeing...



The Importance of Mentoring for the Professional Involvement of Therapists Specializing in Ayres Sensory Integration®, Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2010)

Mentoring, a term that originated with Greek literature, has been defined as a reciprocal, enabling...