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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


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

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


20082012 Ph.D. Public Health, University of Connecticut
19931996 M.S. Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University
19841988 B.S. Occupational Therapy, Boston University

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy 
Healthcare Education N125 
College of Health Professions 


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