|2003 - Present||Associate Professor Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University ‐ Occupational Therapy|
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|
Healthcare Education N125
College of Health Professions
Case-Smith's Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2020)
Focusing on children from infancy to adolescence, Case-Smith's Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, 8th Edition provides comprehensive, full-color coverage of pediatric conditions and treatment techniques in all settings. Its emphasis on application of evidence-based ...
Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right (2010)
"Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right applies foundational occupational therapy tools for the pediatric population including activity analysis, therapeutic use of self, clinical reasoning, and the selection and ...
Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach (2010)
Various reports in the national media have focused on a potentially significant rise in the incidence of autism during the past decade. As such, providing occupational therapy practitioners with a comprehensive guide for practice with ...
Book Chapters (13)
The Impact of an Autism Spectrum Disorder on Family Occupations Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2010)
This chapter discusses the historical and current environmental factors influencing the family of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and relevant theories of family stress, coping, and resilience. Another important consideration is how the individual ...
The Many Theories of Etiology Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2010)
Although the etiology of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is largely uncertain, the neurological basis of the symptoms is clearly established. Autism begins early in embryogenesis and has genetic origins. This chapter presents a variety of ...
Examining the Etiology and Neurologic Basis of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2004)
A neurologic basis for autism has been firmly established, but the factors that lead to it have yet to be established. Current science suggest that ASDs result from the interplay of genetics and environment. This ...
Introduction to Autism and the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2004)
This chapter provides a historical perspective of the term autism as a diagnosis, describes the diagnostic criteria for the pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs), reports current research regarding attempts at early diagnosis, and discusses the currently ...
Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology: Collaboration Within Transdisciplinary Teams to Improve Communication in Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2004)
Although it is the primary role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) to provide intervention for social-communicative functioning, the occupational therapist has discipline-specific knowledge that may enhance the effectiveness of the SLP's intervention.
The Family of a Child With an Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (2004)
This chapter expands occupational therapists' understanding of parents who have children with an autism spectrum disorder and provides an overview of the issues that can arise for a family when a child is diagnosed with ...
Missing Pieces and Misconceptions: Public Understanding of Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications (2019)
The students of Gamma Nu Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon at Sacred Heart University completed a qualitative project examining the public perceptions of occupational therapy. This poster is their presentation to the state OT association, ...
Outdoor Leisure Occupation: The Impact of Women’s Fear of Violence on Engagement and Enjoyment Occupational Therapy Student Publications (2017)
Limited research examines the types of outdoor leisure that women like to do and the specific impact of fear for safety on their engagement in and enjoyment of outdoor leisure occupations.
The Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment as an Educational Tool for Teachers Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention (2018)
The Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment (CSEA) is a tool that provides a format for examining the sensory environment of a classroom and considering its impact on student behavior and performance. The purpose of the CSEA ...
Parental or Teacher Education and Coaching to Support Function and Participation of Children and Youth with Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Challenges: A Systematic Review American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2018)
This systematic review examines the literature published from January 2007 through May 2015 related to the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions using parental or teacher education and coaching with children with challenges in sensory processing ...
Using a Multifaceted Approach to Working With Children Who Have Differences in Sensory Processing and Integration American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2017)
Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners frequently provide interventions for children with differences in sensory processing and integration. Confusion exists regarding how best to intervene with these children and about how to describe and document methods. Some ...
Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Frequency Modulation Devices in Improving Academic Outcomes in Children With Auditory Processing Difficulties American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2016)
This systematic review describes the published evidence related to the effectiveness of frequency modulation (FM) devices in improving academic outcomes in children with auditory processing difficulties. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses ...
Effectiveness of Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Parents: A Systematic Review of Family Outcomes American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2015)
This systematic review examined the literature published from January 2006 to April 2013 related to the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents to improve parental stress ...