I specialize in occupational therapy practice in developmental disabilities and psychosocial aspects of practice.
I have been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy since the fall of 2004 and teach courses in adolescent and adult development, principles of learning, psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy practice, ethical and legal issues in occupational therapy, and clinical medicine in occupational therapy. My research interests include understanding the experiences of parents who care for adolescent and adult children who have significant intellectual disabilities and the nature of occupational therapy practice in the light of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
I became an occupational therapist in 1986 and have practiced in the areas of early intervention, school-based practice, and work with children, adolescents and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. I have a special interest in group- and family-based interventions in occupational therapy. I hold a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics; and, prior to becoming an occupational therapist, I taught linguistics at Princeton University and SUNY-Binghamton. I was also a faculty member at Friends World College (now Global College, associated with Long Island University), whose curriculum focused on global education, experiential learning, and peace and justice issues.
- M.S., Columbia University
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook