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Research Projects

Children & Their Families in Context

The Impact of Atypical Sensory Responsivity on Participation for Children with Autism
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  • Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Teal W. Benevides, MS, OTR/L

Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and Sensory Dysfunction

  • Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Teal W. Benevides, MS, OTR/L
  • Collaborative team at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey

Games for Life Learning: Movement and Play in Children

  • Shelley Wallock, DrPH, OTR/L

Preparation for Practice in Early Intervention and School-Based Settings
(occupational therapy and physical therapy students and faculty) 

  • Philippa Campbell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Health & Community Participation

PATH to a Healthy Me: A Web Based Intervention To Empower Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) To Take Charge Of Their Health

  • E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L

In-Touch: Mind, Body, and Spirit: Exploratory Study #1: Exploring Concerns, Adaptive and Cultural Mechanisms Used by Aging African American Women and Men of Varying Health and Functional Status

  • Janice Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA  
  • Laura Gitlin, PhD

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Development of the Capabilities of Arm and Hand in Tetraplegia (CAHT)http://www.spinalcordcenter.org/research/15.html

  • Ralph Marino, MD
  • Stephen B. Kern, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Other Current Research Projects

Development and Validation of the Functional Capacity Card Sort:  An Innovative Tool to Evaluate Caregiver Appraisal of Disability Level of Persons with Dementia

  • Catherine Verrier Piersol, MS, OTR/L
  • E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L
  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

An Interactive Exhibit on Healthy Aging within the Virtual Environment of Second Life

  • Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L

Investigating the Impact of Fieldwork Level I Hands-on Participation on Fieldwork Level II Performance

  • Caryn Johnson, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA