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About Heather Miller Kuhaneck

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


Present Associate Professor Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University

Curriculum Vitae


Honors and Awards

  • 2014-15 SHU University Research and Creativity Grant
  • Sacred Heart University Tenure 2015
  • April 2014 AOTA Service Commendation
  • 2012-13 SHU University Research and Creativity Grant
  • February 2012 Alice S. Bachmann Clinician Award
  • 2011 Dean’s Interdisciplinary Research Award
  • 2010-11 Academic Creative Teaching Grant
  • March 2011 Award of Service Connecticut OTA
  • 2010 Fellow of the AOTA; Certificate of Appreciation Connecticut OTA
  • 2009 Award of Merit, Connecticut OTA
  • 2008 Recognition of Achievement Award AOTA

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy
Cambridge 1-O-09
College of Health Professions


Books (2)

Articles (26)