Amanda Sarafian

Amanda Sarafian, MS, OTR/L

Instructor in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy)



  • Ed.D. Candidate, Movement Sciences and Education with a specialization in Occupational Therapy, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Delaware

Clinical Expertise

  • Occupational therapy practice in early intervention, private practice, hospital, and school-based settings
  • Assessment and interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and medical complexity

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Occupational Therapy with Children I & II
  • Children with Medical Complexity (Elective)

Research Interests

  • Dissertation in progress: Hand-object interaction during daily activities in children diagnosed with bilateral cerebral palsy
  • Development and validation of clinical assessments for children with disabilities
  • Families and children with special healthcare needs
  • Health disparities and access to health services for children and families

Professional Activities

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • Education Committee member of AACPDM


  • ASAH Service Provider of the Year for The Children’s Therapy Center (2011)
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center Employee Recognition Program Team Award (1997)


Peer-Reviewed Research Articles

  • Gutman, S.A., & Falk-Kessler, J.P., Sarafian, A.J., Barbour, P. (in press). Emotional Intelligence Admission Essay Scale: Comparison between Essay and Interview Formats. Annals of International Occupational Therapy.


  • Dimitropoulou, K., & Sarafian, A. (2017). Sensory Processing & Functional Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review. Panel Presentation, 29th European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD), May 17 – 20, 2017, Amsterdam, NL. Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, conference proceedings.


  • Lieberman, D., Hunter, E., Grajo, L., Candler, C., Sarafian, A., Cahill, S., Egan, B., Laverdure, P., & Beisbier, S. (2018) (AOTA) Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth (Age 5-21 Years). AOTA Conference, Short Course #149, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Sarafian, A. & Bejot, L. (2011) Utilizing Horticulture as a Treatment Modality in Pediatric Therapy, NJOTA Conference, Union, NJ.

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