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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 (Seminar, Lab, and Coordinate PBL)
Introduction to Research and Research II;
Portfolio, Capstone Advising.

Research Interests:
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.

2016: Deans Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award– With Dr. Rhea Paul, and Dr. Beverly Fein:  To develop and implement an inter-professional PBL experience between OT/SLP/PT -- $1,000
2014: University Research and Creativity Grant –Predictors of play skills in young children with ASD
2013: SEPTA Grant – to purchase children’s books to provide the Stories for Acceptance Program in 3 Fairfield elementary schools (with adjunct Kim Flynn, MS OTR/L)
2013: Deans Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award - With Dr. Rhea Paul, and Dr. Jaqueline Kelleher: To develop 3-credit inter-professional course about Autism including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Special Education - to be team-taught using a problem based learning approach
2012:  University Research and Creativity Grant - Development of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment (C-SEA) -with Jacqueline Kelleher
2012: Dean’s Interdisciplinary Award   - to develop the Autism Research Interest Group and fund our first three speakers and meetings.
2010: 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:
·       AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence, April 1st, 2017
·       Service Commendation, April 9, 2016 for Co-Authoring Successful Participation at School: Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
·       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, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2008
·       Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2008


2003 - Present Associate Professor Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University Occupational Therapy

Curriculum Vitae


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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


2008 - 2012 Ph.D. Public Health, University of Connecticut
1993 - 1996 M.S. Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University
1984 - 1988 B.S. Occupational Therapy, Boston University

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy 
Healthcare Education N125 
College of Health Professions 


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