Lenin C. Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR

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Director, Post-Professional OTD Program

Assistant Professor

lg2890@cumc.columbia.edu 

Education

PhD, Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

EdM, Human Development and Psychology (Literacy and Early Childhood Education focus), Harvard Graduate School of Education

BS, Occupational Therapy, University of the Philippines

Clinical Expertise

  • Occupation and Participation Approach to Reading Intervention (OPARI)
  • Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach Certified Therapist
  • Pediatric practice specializing in children with learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental challenges

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Grant-Writing
  • Theories of Measurement and Instrument Development
  • Advanced Applications of Theories in Practice

Research Interests

  • Testing the effectiveness of the Occupation and Participation Approach to Reading Intervention (OPARI) in different pediatric practice settings
  • Developing Communities of Practice to build the capacity of pediatric occupational therapists and OT educators
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (effectiveness of innovative pedagogical approaches in OT; use of educational technologies; developing mentorship programs for new educators)
  • Developing and testing occupation based assessments in pediatric practice using Rasch analysis
  • Using the Occupational Adaptation model in OT practice

Funded Research

  • Developing Client-Centered and Function-Based Outcome Measures through a Hybrid Doctoral Course on Measurement and Instrumentation, Provost Award on Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery, Columbia University, 5/2017 - 5/2018.

Professional Awards, Recognitions, Activities

Awards

  • Service Commendation Award for Service as Chairperson of the Academic Education Special Interest Section. American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2019
  • Service Commendation Award. American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2016
  • 2015 Outstanding Educator Award. Missouri Occupational Therapy Association, November 2015
  • Mary L. Stephen Faculty Fellow Award for Scholarly Teaching. Saint Louis University Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, February 2015
  • Faculty Excellence Award. Saint Louis University Student Government Association, April 2013
  • Chancellor’s Diamond Jubilee Faculty Award for Exemplary Teaching and Research Performance in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. University of the Philippines Manila, June 2006
  • Outstanding Occupational Therapy Faculty. College of Allied Medical Professions, University of the Philippines Manila, November 2005

Positions in National Associations

  • Chairperson, Education Special Interest Section (EDSIS); Elected, American Occupational Therapy Association (July 2016-2019)
  • Member/EDSIS Liaison, Commission on Education; Appointed, American Occupational Therapy Association (July 2016-2019)

Editorial Review Board Member

  • The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education
  • AOTA NBCOT Exam Prep Project

Other Review and Expert Panel Positions

  • Member, Executive Faculty Board, Columbia University Science of Learning Research (SOLER) Initiative; Appointed by the Vice Provost on Teaching and Learning (2019)
  • Abstract Reviewer, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference (2015-present)
  • Invited Panel Reviewer, SSO: USA Student Research Grant Competition (2015)
  • Abstract Reviewer: American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit (2015)
  • Abstract Reviewer: World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) 16th World Congress and 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress. Yokohama, Japan (2014)
  • Expert Panel Grant Reviewer: National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRPP) and Field Initiated Projects (FIP). US Department of Education Interagency Committee on Disability Research (2012-present)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Research Articles

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters and Editorials

  • Taff, S., Grajo, L., & Hooper, B. (in press). Occupational therapy education: Weaving the past, present, and future. In S. Taff, L. C. Grajo, & B. Hooper (Eds.). Perspectives in OT education: Past, present, and future. (pp.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.
  • Harvison, N., Taff, S., Grajo, L., & Hooper, B. (in press). Imagining the landscape of occupational therapy eductaion in 2050. In S. Taff, L. C. Grajo, & B. Hooper (Eds.). Perspectives in OT education: Past, present, and future. (pp. ). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK
  • Grajo, L., & Gutman, S. (in press). Measuring educational outcomes in OT: Curricular and professional perspectives. In S. Taff, L. C. Grajo, & B. Hooper (Eds.). Perspectives in OT education: Past, present, and future. (pp. ). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK
  • Grajo, L., Guzman, J., Szklut, S. & Philibert, D. (in press). Learning disabilities and developmental coordination disorder. In R. Lazaro, S. Reina-Guerra, & M. Quiben (Eds). Umphred’s Neurological Rehabilitation (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  • Grajo, L. & Boisselle, A. (in press). The teaching and learning process. In D. Powers Dirette & S. A. Gutman (Eds.), Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Grajo, L. (2019). Best practices in literacy: Reading to enhance participation. In G. Frolek Clark, J. Rioux, & B. Chandler (Eds). Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Grajo, L. (2019). Theory of occupational adaptation. In B.E.B. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds)., Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (13th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins.
  • Grajo, L., Boisselle, A., & DaLomba, E. (2019). Defining the construct of occupational adaptation. In L.C. Grajo and A. Boisselle (Eds). Adaptation through occupation: Multidimensional perspectives. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • George-Paschal, L. & Grajo, L. (2019). Occupational adaptation as a measure of occupational participation. In L.C. Grajo and A. Boisselle (Eds). Adaptation through occupation: Multidimensional perspectives. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • Grajo, L. (2019). Occupational adaptation as a normative and intervention process: Schkade and Schultz’s legacy. In L.C. Grajo and A. Boisselle (Eds). Adaptation through occupation: Multidimensional perspectives. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • Grajo, L. & Boisselle, A. (2018). Infusing an occupational justice perspective to technology use in occupational therapy practice. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(3), Article 1.https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1543
  • Boisselle, A. & Grajo, L. (2018). They said: A global perspective on access to assistive technology, The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 6(3), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1541
  • Grajo, L. & Cruz, D.M.C. (2017). Editorial: A hundred-year journey and a return to our roots – occupation, adaptation through occupation, and client-centeredness. Cadernos Brasileiros de Terapia Occupacional/Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(3), 445-446. https://doi.org/10.4322/2526-8910.ctoED2503. Available online here: http://www.cadernosdeterapiaocupacional.ufscar.br/index.php/cadernos/art...
  • Grajo, L. (2017). Occupational adaptation. In J. Hinojosa, P. Kramer, &  C. Royeen (Eds.). Perspectives in occupation (2nd ed; pp.287-311). Philadelphia: FA Davis.
  • Royeen, C., Grajo, L., & Luebben, A. (2014). Nonstandardized testing. In J. Hinojosa & P. Kramer (Eds.). Evaluation in occupational therapy: Obtaining and interpreting data (4th ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Books for the Medical and Health Professionals Community

  •  Taff, S., Grajo, L., & Hooper, B. (Eds.). (in press). Perspectives in occupational therapy education: Past, present, and future. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc. 
  • Grajo, L. & Boisselle, A. (2019). Adaptation through occupation: Multidimensional perspectives. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.

Other Publications

  • Simon, R., Krug, G., Grajo, L. (2019). Developing a mentorship program for new educators and academic fieldwork coordinators using a community approach: Lessons from three program cycles. AOTA SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 4(2), 11-13.
  • Babikian, V., Sarafian, A., & Grajo, L. (2018). Developing a pilot occupational therapy program in rural Armenia. OT Practice 23(17), 20–23. https://doi.org/10.7138/otp.2018.2317.armenia
  • Grajo, L., Simon, P. Stoner, M., Hogan, M., Miller, C., Peery, A.,… Miller, J. (September, 2017). Developing skills in community-based programming. OT Practice, 22(17),19-2
  • Grajo, L., Candler, C., Lange, J., Cooseman, L., Sullivan, M., Breitenbucher, L., & Krumm, L. (October, 2016). Well read: Community of practice helps occupational therapists support children with reading difficulties. OT Practice, 8-14.
  • Grajo, L., & Aldrich, R. (January 2016). Cross-cultural learning experiences: Using international collaborations as an educational tool. OT Practice, 21(1), 13-16.
  • Grajo, L. (December 2015). Collaborations in teaching and learning: A transformative experience. The Notebook. Saint Louis University Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from http://www.slu.edu/blogs/cttl/2015/12/02/collaborations-in-teaching-and-learning-a-transformative-experience/
  • Grajo, L., & Candler, C. (July 2014). Children with reading difficulties: How occupational therapy can help. OT Practice, 19(13), 16-17.

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