OTD Student Profiles

Current Students

  • Stephanie Hui

    Cohort: Fall 2017

    Affiliation: International Institute for the Brain

    OTD Goals: To create an assessment or intervention that evaluates functional cognition in children with complex needs through the use of assistive technology.

  • Danielle Alonzi

    Cohort: Spring 2018

    Affiliation: Kennedy Children’s Center

    OTD goals: To assess the school readiness of preschool children with autism and developmental disabilities as they transition to kindergarten.

  • Mari Arnaud

    Cohort: Spring 2018

    Affiliation: PS 197

    OTD goals: To help expand the practice area of functional literacy in school-based occupational therapy. To develop OT-based assessments and interventions in functional literacy. To expand awareness of occupational injustice related to literacy rates in the US.

  • Katherine O'Neill

    Cohort: Spring 2018

    Affiliation: GiGi's Playhouse Hillsborough & CommuniKids NJ

    OTD Goals: To enable occupational therapy practitioners to expand their role in facilitating postsecondary transitions for students with intellectual disability

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  • Phyllis Simon

    Cohort: Spring 2018

    Affiliation: Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy

    OTD Goals:  Identify the unique needs of the LGBT older adult population and establish and promote the role of OT in formal clinical settings, home based and community practice.

  • Joshua Kotler

    Cohort: Fall 2018

    Affiliation: The Mount Sinai Hospital

    OTD Goals: Become a leader in the field of occupational therapy, specifically in the area of cognition and visual perception. My clinical interests are working with and helping patients who have suffered stroke or TBI. My goals are to teach patients to live more independently at home and in the community.

  • Scott Rushanan

    Cohort: Fall 2018

    Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania Health System

    OTD Goals: Improve my knowledge and clinical skills regarding occupational therapy assessments and interventions for patients with cognitive impairments.

  • Margaret Ruzich

    Cohort: Fall 2018

    Affiliation: Treehouse Pediatric Therapy

    OTD Goals: Expand the body of knowledge related to children with neurological deficits to provide more refined assessment and treatment. 

  • Amanda Lange

    Cohort: Fall 2018

    Affiliation: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

    OTD Goals: Highlighting the role of occupational therapy in mental health within unique patient population areas to contribute to improvements in best practice for children and their families.

  • Christina Dumas

    Cohort: Spring 2019

    Affiliation: New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell

    OTD Goals: Build upon the body of knowledge related to children hospitalized in an acute care setting to provide more refined functional assessment and treatment methods, and contribute to improvements in best practices for children and their families as a leader in the field of occupational therapy.

  • Derek Douglas

    Cohort: Spring 2019

    Affiliation: TBD

    OTD Goals: Further integrate virtual reality into clinical practice by developing an assessment and intervention protocol for individuals with neurological conditions experiencing cognitive and perceptual deficits.

  • Michaela Fraser

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: Columbia University, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine

    OTD Goal: To better understand the cognitive processes that students undergo during service learning in order to identify strategies to enhance service learning experiences that complement clinical and classroom pedagogical goals to better prepare occupational therapy students to work with diverse populations.

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  • Jonette Ishmael

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: Encompass Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

    OTD Goal: To develop a culturally sensitive/ appropriate tool that accurately screens adults with neurological impairments and that identifies personal and environmental barriers to occupational performance. 

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  • Ida Koraitem

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: Kennedy Children's Center 

    OTD Goal: To establish a standardized cognitive model of practice for the assessment of pediatric executive functioning that will allow clinicians to better evaluate clinical performance and effectiveness of intervention plans.

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  • Van Lemmon

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: Central Ohio Assistive Technology 

    OTD Goal: Develop a web-based formative assessment that supports educational teams in identifying assistive technology tools to support clients with difficulties with written expression

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  • Juliana Perez

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: California Institute of Technology

    OTD goals: To create an assessment or intervention that evaluates deficits in literacy and comprehension in neurodivergent young adults. To advocate for equity and inclusion in for neurodivergent populations at the university level. 

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  • Tiffany Sha

    Cohort: Fall 2019

    Affiliation: International Institute for the Brain
    OTD Goals: To create ways for adolescents with cognitive deficits to undergo pre-vocational training, allowing them to compile their strengths in order to determine the most adequate and appropriate direction to achieve success.

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