I am a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Department at Ithaca College and joined the faculty in 2006. I have worked in the field of adult and geriatric rehabilitation in a variety of settings, including hospital, outpatient, community based, and long term care facilities. My specialty area is ergonomics and environmental design, and I am a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). I am also interested in community based programming and health and wellness, and developed a partnership to provide occupational therapy services at the Ithaca Free Clinic. My doctoral work focused on the role of occupational therapy in the sustainability movement through green ergonomics, and this is part of my ongoing research interests. My research also focuses on the dynamic interactions of people at work. Currently, I serve as the OT Department's Curriculum Director and am the chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Commission on Practice, I am the immediate past chair of AOTA's Work and Industry Special Interest Section http://www.aota.org/wisis and in that role also served as Special Interest Section Council liaison to the Commission on Practice.
I teach a variety of courses including: Concepts in Adult OT, Adult Evaluation and Intervention Processes, Research Seminar, Group Research I and II, OT in Life Skills at the Center for Life Skills, and Applied Occupations Lab.
I am from Long Island originally, but fell in love with Ithaca and relocated after graduating. My husband and I enjoy spending time as a family with our two sons and dog, and visiting all of the great area parks, playgrounds, shops, and restaurants!