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About Lola Halperin

Lola Halperin, EdD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Halperin's specialty is psychosocial occupational therapy, and she designs, teaches, and coordinates the mental health curriculum at her school. Dr. Halperin has served clients of all ages affected by mental health conditions and other forms of adversity in inpatient, outpatient and community-based facilities in the United States, Canada and Israel. Her current teaching, clinical supervision, and research projects center on serving clients with mental illness, trauma, and chronic pain.
Dr. Halperin is fluent in English, Hebrew, Russian and Lithuanian.


July 2018 - Present Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions
2013 - June 2018 Clinical Assistant Professor OccupationalTherapy, Sacred Heart University Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions
2010 - 2013 Adjunct Faculty, Sacred Heart University Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions

Curriculum Vitae


2023 - Present Supporting Families and Children Growth and Wellbeing
Yeshiva University
Katz School Faculty Research Award
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Dr. Amiya Waldman-Levi (YU) and Dr. Danette Brown (SACFS Head Start)
2022 - Present The Feasibility of Promoting Health Through Play Opportunities Program in Improving Parent and Child Outcomes for Underserved Families
Yeshiva University
Provost’s Office Grant for Faculty Research
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Dr. Amiya Waldman-Levi (YU), Dr. Mindy Garfinkel (YU), & Dr. Danette Brown (Seventh Avenue Family Center)
2021 - Present Promoting Play Opportunities in the Classroom
Sacred Heart University
Naclerio Faculty Scholars Award
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Dr. Amiya Waldman-Levi (LIU)
2018 - 2019 Treatment of Major Neurocognitive Disorder: An Inter-Professional Team-Based Learning Event for Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant (PA) Program Students
College of Health Professions and College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University
Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Committee Award
Colleague(s): Dr. Eric Nemec (SHU)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Technical Advisory Committee Member, American Veterans Archaeological Recovery
2019 - Present Writing Across Curriculum Committee, Sacred Heart University
2019 - Present College of Health Professions Research Committee, Sacred Heart University
2018 - Present Internal Review Committee, Sacred Heart University
2018 - Present Occupational Therapy Tenure Track and Visiting Faculty Search Committee, Sacred Heart University
2017 - Present Occupational Therapy Awards and Public Relations Committee, Sacred Heart University
2018 - 2020 Academics for Creative Teaching (ACT) Grant Committee, Sacred Heart University
2016 - 2017 College of Health Professions Library Committee, Sacred Heart University
2015 - 2017 Occupational Therapy Professional Performance Committee, Sacred Heart University
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Honors and Awards

  • Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Israel) Outstanding Worker Prize, 2002
  • SHU Faculty Service Learning Award, 2020
  • Richard and Barbara Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program Award 2021


2018 Ed.D., Columbia University ‐ Teachers College
2007 MA Occupational Therapy, New York University
1995 BA Occupational Therapy, Tel Aviv University

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy 
Center for Healthcare Education 
College of Health Professions 


Recent Works (5)

Conference Presentations (12)

Dissertation (1)