Katherine A. Dimitropoulou, Ph.D., OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Medicine (Occupational Therapy)
- Ph.D., Occupational Therapy, New York University
- M.A., Advanced Occupational Therapy, New York University
- B.S., Occupational Therapy, Technological Educational Institution, Athens, Greece
- Motor Learning and Motor Control in Children with Developmental Disabilities
- Pediatrics: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention programs for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, and social emotional problems
- Consultation to educational and clinical community settings serving children, adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families
- Research I
- Research II
- Neuroscience of Cognition
- Pediatrics (responsible for specific modules)
- Master’s Research Project: Supervision of specific student research projects
- Dissertation advisor for the Ed.D. program
- Elective: Managing pediatric practice
- Mechanisms of motor learning and adaptive behavior in children with neurological problems
- The role of motor learning and adaptive behavior in functional skill acquisition in children with neurological problems
- Educational research focused on effective methods to support adult learning: transformative learning, emotional intelligence, and literacy.
- Irving Institute/CTO, Columbia University, K. Dimitropoulou – PI, 07/2016 – 06/2017
Pilot Award entitled “A motor learning approach to improve motor planning in children with cerebral palsy hemiplegia.” An experimental study to examine strategies that improve motor planning and balance control in children with cerebral palsy hemiplegia using body worn technology (Xsens suit) to capture children’s body mechanics.
Mentors: Dr. A. Gordon, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. S. Agrawal, Professor, Department of Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
- Horatio Alger Foundation, K. Dimitropoulou – PI, 10/2011 – 10/2012
Collaborative research entitled “Lifestyle Support Program for Academic Success.” An experimental, nationwide study to understand the effectiveness of a lifestyle support program in improving academic success for college students facing significant adversity.
- McCarton Foundation, K. Dimitropoulou – PI, 07/2008 – 09/2009
“Perceptual and regulatory strategies to improve motor planning ability in children with autism spectrum disorders.” A pilot study to understand the role of perceptually enhanced strategies to improve motor planning in 5-10 year old children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Long Island University – Intramural Grant, K. Dimitropoulou – PI, 07/2008 – 09/2009
“Adaptive motor decision in hemiplegic children.” Implementation of psychophysical procedures to understand adaptive decision making in children with cerebral palsy hemiplegia.
Consultants: Dr. Adolph, Professor of Psychology, New York University and Dr. Nash, Professor of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center
- R01 Supplement NICD-NIH 42697, K. Adolph – PI, 11/2002 – 09/2006
Doctoral dissertation entitled “Effects of children’s age and knowledge on mothers’ verbal and gestural communications.” Funded as a supplement to the grant entitled “Infant-mother negotiation of motor risk.”
Role: Doctoral Student, PI of the dissertation project
- Dean’s Pre-Doctoral Grant, K. Dimitropoulou – PI, 04/2005
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Pre-Doctoral Grant towards the completion of my dissertation project entitled “Effects of children’s age and knowledge on mothers’ verbal and gestural communications.”
Role: Doctoral Student, PI of the dissertation project
Professional Awards, Recognitions, Activities
- Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), for participation in the Blueprint Adoption & Dissemination Task Group. 10/2013
- Awarded the Leadership/Mentorship Fellowship from the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Mentors: Wendy Coster, Ph.D., OTR/L, Ellie Gilfoyle, Ph.D., OTR/L, Ann Grady, Ph.D., OTR/L , 12/2006-12/2007
- Dimitropoulou K., & Baxter, M. (2018). Neural basis of adaptation: Motivation, intention, resilience and goal-directed behaviors. In Grajo, L. & Biosselle, A., (Eds.) Adaptation through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives. Slack.
- Dimitropoulou, K. A., & Rekoutis, P. A. (2012). The use of the latest technological applications in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. International Technology, Education and Development.
- Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., Adolph, K. E., Lobo, S. A., Karasik, L. B., Dimitropoulou, K. D., & Ishak, S. (2008). When infants take mothers’ advice: 18-month-olds integrate perceptual and social information for guiding motor action. Developmental Psychology, 44, 734-746.
- Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S, Adolph, &K. E., & Dimitropoulou, K. A., (2008). How mothers encourage and discourage infants’ motor actions. Infancy, 13: 4, 366-392.
- Dimitropoulou, K. A., Nass, R., & Adolph, K. E. (2007). Adaptive motor decisions in children with congenital hemiplegia. Supplement to Neurology(68), 12, Suppl. 1
- Tamis-LeMonda, C. S, Adolph, K. E., Dimitropoulou, K. A. & Zack E. A. (2007). “No! Don’t! Stop!”: Mothers’ Words for Impending Danger. Parenting: Science and Practice, 7, 1-25.
- Dimitropoulou K. A., & Rekoutis P. (1994). Occupational Therapy and Mental Retardation – Preparing children with mental retardation to enroll at a special education school. In “People with Special Needs’, Vol.2, Ellinika Grammata, Athens, pp. 653-661. ISBN 960-344-019-1
- Kim, H., Dimitropoulou, K., Newell A., Blanchard, A., & Martinez-Hernandez, I. (2018) Clinical Benefits of Multilevel Chemoneurolysis on Balance Control & Gait in Ambulatory Children with Cerebral Palsy (GMFCS II & III): Functional Implications. Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Physiatrists (Supported by a grant from the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, CUMC).
- Hester, G., & Dimitropoulou, K. (2018). Chair Yoga for Cerebral Palsy and Hemispherectomy: An Applied Research Study. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference at the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Rekoutis, P., & Dimitropoulou, K. (2018). Individual Movement-Based Protocols To Reduce Stereotypes and Increase Academic Participation in School-Age Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference at the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Dimitropoulou, K., Yoon, L., Krasinski, D., (2018) A Systematic Literature Review: Falls in Ambulatory Individuals with Cerebral Palsy. Paper Presentation. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
- Dimitropoulou, K., Blanchard, A., Weiland, P., Boscarino, K., Newell A., & Kim, H. (2018). The Effects of an Adapted Community Sports Camp (“GAME ON”) on Functional Mobility, and Fitness in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy. Paper Presentation. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
- Dimitropoulou, K. (2018). Adaptive Motor Decisions in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Paper presentation at the Annual Conference at the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Blanchard, A., Dimitropoulou, K., Weiland, P., Boscarino, K. Newell A., & Kim, H. (2018). Effects Of A 5-day Sports/Fitness Camp On Walking Efficiency In Children With Cerebral Palsy. Panel Presentation, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Muscle Hypertrophy and Atrophy of the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Blanchard, A., Dimitropoulou, K., Yoon, L., Krasinski, D., Agrawal, S., Newell, A., Kim, H. (2018). Effects of Botulinum Toxin and/or Ethanol Injections on Balance and Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Prospective Study. International Symposium of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Dimitropoulou, K. (2017) Invited Closing Panel Presentation: Developing Educational Research in Occupational Therapy. AOTA Education Summit, October 27-28, 2017, Fort Worth, TX
- Dimitropoulou, K., Gordon-Handler, L., Hassan, L. (2017) Panel Presentation: Learning flexibility and emotional intelligence in graduate health care education. AOTA Education Summit, October 27-28, 2017, Fort Worth, TX
- Gordon-Handler, L., Dimitropoulou, K., Hassan, L.Panel Presentation: The relationship of emotional intelligence and self regulation towards academic success. AOTA Education Summit, October 27-28, 2017, Fort Worth, TX.
- Dimitropoulou, K., & Kim, H. (2017). Adaptive Balance Control and Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Poster Presentation at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Day, Weill Cornell Medical Center & Columbia University Medical Center. (Supported by a grant from the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, CUMC)
- 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.
Quoted/Featured in Public Media
- Dimitropoulou, K. A. (2006). Supporting the health and development of the special child. Jewish Press, New York.
- Dimitropoulou K. A. (1996). Children and play, part I, part II. Local newspaper of Agia Paraskevi, “The viewpoint ”, Athens, Greece.