Category Archives: Faculty

Dr. Dawn Nilsen Participates in Lehman College Public Health Minute

Dr. Dawn Nilsen participated in the Lehman College, CUNY public health minute segment with Dr. Bill Latimer, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing.  Dr. Nilsen spoke about the stroke motor review she and Dr. Glen Gillen are working on with AOTA.  You can listen to the segment at the link below:

OT Faculty Honored at CUMC Luncheon

Several OT faculty members were honored at the annual P&S Honors Luncheon today.  Lee Goldman gave remarks thanking the faculty for making Columbia a top notch place to be, and medical students played a musical selection.

The faculty honors include:

Sharon Gutman, PhD, OTR for her promotion to Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) and as a grantee of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.

Dawn Nilsen, EdD, OTR/L for her promotion to Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy).

Katherine Dimitropoulou, PhD, OTR/L for her 2016 Irving Institute Clinical Trials Office Pilot Award.

Janet Falk-Kessler, EdD, OTR as a grantee of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.

Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR as an Apgar Scholar of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators and for delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Vermont Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference.

Lenin Grajo, Phd, EdM, OTR as a recipient of the Provost’s Grant Program for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery.


March/April Faculty Update

Dr. Lenin Grajo published a chapter, “Occupational Adaptation”, in Perspectives on Human Occupation: Theories Underlying Practice.  

Amanda Sarafian will be attending a workshop as part of the the Research CP initiative to set a patient-centered research agenda for cerebral palsy (CP).

Dr. Emily Raphael-Greenfield and Dr. Sharon Gutman published an article, “Effectiveness of a supportive housing program for homeless adults with mental illness and substance use: A two-group controlled trial” in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Glen Gillen and Dr. Dawn Nilsen presented at the Cornell Stroke Symposium.

Amanda Sarafian and Dr. Lenin Grajo are working with AOTA to do a systematic review of evidence for pediatric OT interventions to determine their effectiveness on learning and academic outcomes.

Dr. Glen Gillen is one of the featured medical experts in Healing the Broken Brain by Dr. Mike Dow and David Dow.  The book asks clinicians all of the questions that stroke survivors and their families want to know the answer to.

February Faculty Update

Dr. Glen Gillen was the first speaker in the Boyt Schell Visiting Occupational Science Scholar series at Brenau University.

Dr. Dawn Nilsen and Dr. Glen Gillen launched a clinical trial at Helen Hayes Hospital.  They aim to differentiate between two dosages of self-directed Mirror Therapy added to treatment as usual for decreasing arm and hand motor impairments, improving activity level, and increasing self-directed participation after stroke.

Phyllis Simon published an article in LGBT Health entitled “Development of an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model for Older LGBT Adults” about her work with elinc, an Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care Program.

Dr. Glen Gillen was the keynote speaker at the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

January Faculty Updates

This month in faculty news:

Dr. Sharon Gutman has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

Dr. Dawn Nilsen has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Dr. Lenin Grajo co-authored an article in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention entitled “The occupation and participation approach to reading intervention (OPARI): A community of practice study”.

Dr. Emily Raphael-Greenfield and two CUOT alumni published an article, “Adapting to a challenging fieldwork: Understanding the ingredients.” in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.


November Faculty Update

  • Dr. Glen Gillen gave keynote addresses at Eastern Michigan University, the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association, and presented two lectures at the Braintree Neurorehabilitation Conference.
  • Dr. Lenin Grajo was named the interim director of the OTD program.
  • Dr. Glen Gillen is a new member of the Virgina Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.
  • Dr. Sharon Gutman was asked by AOTF to be on committee to facilitate research in mental health.
  • Dr. Glen Gillen’s book Cognitive and Perceptual Rehabilitation: Optimizing Function was published in Korean.

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