Patricia A. Miller

Patricia A. Miller, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

Special Research Scientist



  • New York University: BS in Occupational Therapy
  • Columbia University: MA in Applied Human Development, specialization in gerontology
  • Columbia University: Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology
  • Columbia University: Ed.D. in Higher Education, (College Teaching and Academic Leadership)

Clinical Expertise

  • Primary and secondary prevention with older adults
  • Assessment and treatment of depression and dementia
  • Fall prevention
  • Program development in community agencies
  • Consultation to practitioners and family members
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork

Research Interests

  • Fall prevention
  • Preventing functional decline and dependency in older adults
  • Health promotion
  • Distinguishing between depression and dementia in older adults
  • Promoting self-efficacy
  • Stages of change model
  • Leadership perspectives of occupational therapy educators and clinicians

Professional Awards, Recognitions, Activities

  • ART CART: Saving the Legacy. An interdisciplinary service-learning course in aging issues (e.g. home safety, developmental tasks of late life, the art and science of teamwork, adult learning principles). Universities in NYC and Washington, DC participate with faculty and selected student/fellows to assist older artists to document and preserve their art legacies, while applying health promotion strategies. Role: lecturer, curriculum developer, teamwork facilitator, health promotion consultant/researcher for this 2-semeser course. Sponsored by Research Center for Arts and Culture, Nat’l Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. J. Jeffri, Director (2010-present)
  • Service Award, Gerontology Special Interest Section Advisory Council, American OT Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education
  • Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Gerontology Curriculum Development Award, Brookdale Institute on Aging & Adult Human Development, Columbia University
  • Sigma Phi Omega National Academic Honor Society in Gerontology
  • Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding work on behalf of the district and profession. Westchester Division, NYS Occupational Therapy Association
  • Brookdale Foundation Scholarship Award. Columbia University
  • Module Co-Director, NY-Columbia Geriatric Education Centers Consortium: Topics: Interdisciplinary teamwork and fall prevention
  • Consultant/Educator: Columbia University Cooperative Aging Program (CCAP).
  • Clinical Consultant, Syncope and Falls in the Elderly (SAFE) Clinic. Columbia University.
  • Education and Research Advisory Board Member in Gerontology, American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Health Advisory Board. Riverdale Senior Services. Bronx, NY
  • Adjunct Reviewer: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy Journal in Health Care

Grants and Contracts

  • Principal Investigator. Facilitating Change to Promote Health in Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary Program in Internal Medicine and Occupational Therapy. Garvey Teaching Academy Award, Columbia University. (2007-2009).
  • Advisor and Co-Investigator, Syncope and Falls in the Elderly Program (SAFE). Allen Pavilion, NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Medical Center (2006-2008)
  • Director. Occupational Therapy Service – Learning in a community agency serving older adults.  Contract, Jarvie Commonweal Services (2004-2007).
  • Co-Investigator. Residency Training in Primary Care. Family Medicine Dept. Project Director: Carmen Dominguez-Rafer, MD. Health Resources and Services Administration. (2005-2006).
  • Principal Investigator. Contract awarded for production of the Open-iT device; funded by the Florence V. Burden Foundation. (2000-2004).
  • Stroud Senior Scholar. Program on Scientific Approaches to Quality of Life, Stroud Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Columbia University. (2000-2004).
  • Coordinator. Occupational therapy student awards for innovative aging research. Columbia University Stroud Center for Geriatrics & Quality of Life. (2002-2004).
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Interdisciplinary Training for Community Practitioners in Rehabilitation and Health Promotion. Funded by U.S. Dep’t. of Public Health and Human Services: Grant # 5D37 AH 00173-03. (1991-1994).
  • Project Director. A Service/Learning Model: The effects of occupational therapy upon a population of community elderly. Funded by Office of Human Development Services. Grant # AOA-90-AT-0096. (1983-1985).

Media Attention

  • Focus on seniors: Fall prevention. (2003, January 28, 29) NY 1- TV. An interview with P. Miller aired five times each day.
  • N.R. Kleinfield. For elderly, fear of falling is a risk in itself. (2003, March 3). The New York Times. A1 & B4. The author interviewed P. Miller, and, based on the information provided him, visited a senior center to document occupational therapy students’ work with elders on fear of falling, part of P. Miller’s course, "Prevention and Rehabilitation with Older Adults."
  • “You Should Live So Long” (YSLSL). Invited panelist with M. Maurer, MD, for this public access TV program for and about older adults. Produced by the Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, NY. Topic: Falls: Causes and Preventive Solutions. Aired on cablevision in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester County. July, 2004.


  • Jeffri, J., Raveis, VH, Miller, P.A. (2013). ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, a model for positive aging and the productivity of professional artists. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research,, Policy and Praactice. DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2013.811277 To link to this article:
  • Miller, P.A., Maurer, M, Tupe, D., Simon, P., Granieri, E. (2009). Facilitating change to promote health in older adults: An interdisciplinary curriculum. Supported by Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, Columbia University, New York. Available from Programs in Occupational Therapy, Columbia University and Principal Investigators. 710 W. 168th St. NY, NY 10032.
  • Miller, P.A. & Cook, A. (2008). Interventions along the care continuum. In S. Coppola, S. Elliott, P. Toto (Eds.). Strategies to advance gerontology excellence. Promoting best practice in occupational therapy. Chapter 15. pp. 383-420.
  • Miller, P.A. (2007). Assessment and Evaluation in Occupational Therapy. In Capezuti, E., Siegler, G., & Mezey, M.D.(Eds.).  The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2nd ed.). NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Maurer, M., Costley, A., Miller, P.A., McCabe, Gurland, B., S., Dubin, S., et al.(2006).The Columbia Cooperative Aging Program (CCAP): An interdisciplinary and Inter-departmental approach to geriatric education for medical interns. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Vol. 54 (3): 520-527.
  • Miller, P.A. & Bear-Lehman, J. (2006). Occupational Therapy. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics.
  • Miller, P.A., McCabe, S., Maurer, M., Irvine, C., Pereira, M., Costley, A. (2005). CCAP Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning: Instructor Note Files. Portal of Geriatric Online Education.   (Click on models of care).
  • Miller, P.A., McCabe, S., Dubin, S., Gurland, B. & Maurer, M. (2004). Infusing a geriatric intern program with narrative medicine: The Columbia Cooperative Aging Program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Vol. 52 (4) Supplement-Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Book, p.115.
  • Miller, P.A. (2004). Interdisciplinary teamwork: The key to quality care for older adults. In L. Tepper and T. Cassidy (Eds.). Perspectives in aging: A multidisciplinary approach. NY: Springer Publishers. pp. 259-276.
  • Miller, P. A. (2004, March). A Quick Screen for depression. Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 27:4. American Occupational therapy Association.
  • Miller, P.A. & Pantel, E.S. (2003). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of the etiology of falls: Identifying depression and anxiety in community-dwelling elders. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 19 (3): 211-218.
  • Varela-Burstein, E. & Miller, P.A. (2003). Is chronic pain a risk factor for falls among community dwelling elders? Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 19 (2): 145-159.
  • Bear-Lehman, J., Miller, P.A., Adler, M., Buonocore, J.M., Coles, N., Kneafsey, B. S., Katz-Sillman, F., Sherman-Amsel, H. (2003). An exploration of hand strength and sensation in community elders. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Vol. 19, (2): 1-10.
  • Miller,P.A., Bear-Lehman, J. & Falk-Kessler, J. (2003). In the clinic: OT Program develops "Open-iT" to help homebound elders. OT Practice. AOTA. (1): 19-21.
  • Miller,P.A. (2003). Home Safety: The expanded role of OT.  OT Practice. American Occupational Therapy Association. (1): 10-14.
  • Hedden, J. & Miller, PA. (2003). The new ways for older adults program: Using microwave ovens to improve safety and nutrition. OT Practice. 8 (10), 17-20, 22-23, 25.
  • Miller P.A., Falk-Kessler J, Bear-Lehman (2002). Occupational therapy programs’ new device promotes function, nutrition of homebound elders. Gerontologist: 42: 264-264.
  • Miller, P.A. (2002). Double Jeopardy: Alzheimer’s disease and falls. Advance for providers of Post-Acute Care. Vol. 5, (3): 86 & 96.
  • Miller,P.A., Hedden, J., Argento,L., Vaccarro, M., Murad,V. & Dionne, W. (2001). A team approach to health promotion of community elders. Journal of Occupational Therapy in Health Care. Vol 14, (3/4): 17-34.
  • Miller, P.A. and Miller, D.L. (2001). Recognizing and treating depression. City Health Information (CHI). S. Titus (Ed.). New York City Department of Health. Vol.20, (1): 8.
  • Miller, P.A. & Butin, D. (2000). The role of occupational therapy in dementia: The COPE (Caregiver Options for Practical Experience). International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Manchester, England. Vol.15: 86-89.
  • Miller, P.A. (1998). Directors/Chairpersons of Occupational Therapy Professional Programs: A Study of Leadership in Higher Education. Doctoral Dissertation. Teachers College, Columbia University. UMI, Ann Arbor, Michigan. #9822230. 1-235. 
  • Butin, D., Miller, P.A., Maultsby, P. & Winter, N. (1996). COPE (Caregiver Options for Practical Experiences) An Activity Group for Caregivers and Relatives with Dementia. In L. Pedretti (Ed.), ROTE: Role of Occupational Therapy with the Elderly.2nd ed. American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD. 597-609.          
  • Cook, A. & Miller, P.A. (1996). Fall Prevention in the Elderly. In L. Pedretti (Ed.), ROTE: Role of occupational therapy with the elderly 2nd ed. American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD. 653-668.
  • Miller, P.A. & Couloumbis, N. (1996). Sexual Expression in Later Life. In L. Pedretti (ED.), ROTE: Role of occupational therapy with the elderly. 2nd ed. American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD. 679-689.
  • Neuhaus, B. & Miller, P.A. (1995). Status of functional assessment in occupational therapy with the Elderly. Journal of Allied Health. Vol. 24, (1): 29-40.
  • Toner, J., Miller. P.A. & Gurland, B. (1994). Conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches to the development of interdisciplinary teams: A transactional model. Educational Gerontology. Vol. 20: 53-69.
  • Miller. P.A. (1993). Problem-Solving in Long-Term Care: A Systematic Approach to Promoting Adaptive Behavior. In J. Toner, L. Tepper & B. Greenfield (Eds.). Long-Term Care: Management, Scope and Practical Issues. Charles Press, Philadelphia, PA. 107-122. 
  • Miller. P.A. (1992). Suggestions for Improving a Falls Prevention Program. (Letters to the Editor). The Gerontologist. Vol. 32, (6): 859.
  • Miller. P.A. & Toner, J. (1991). The Making of a Geriatric Team. In W. Myers (Ed.). New Techniques in the Psychotherapy of Older Patients. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, D.C. 203-219.
  • Miller. P.A. (1990). The Ideal Case: Mr. & Mrs. G. In S. Cynkin & A. Robinson (Eds.). Occupational Therapy and Activities Health: Toward Health Through Activities. Little, Brown & Co., Boston, MA. 208-220.
  • Allen, S. & Miller. P.A. (1989). Increasing ambulation and morale in nursing home residents. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Vol. 4, (4): 75-81.
  • Miller. P.A. (1988). Preventive Treatment Approaches. In L. Davis & M. Kirkland (Eds.)., ROTE: Role of Occupational Therapy with the Elderly. American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD. 225-235.
  • Miller. P.A. (1988). The Impact of the Brookdale Institute on Aging on the Development of a Gerontological Program in Occupational Therapy. In S. Berengarten (Ed.), The Columbia University School of Social Work: A History of Social Pioneering, Monograph 2. 15-16.
  • Miller. P.A. (1988). Teaching process: Its importance in geriatric teamwork. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. Vol. 6, (4): 123-133.
  • Bennett, R. & Miller. P.A. (1987). Interdisciplinary Approach to Graduate Health Sciences Education in Geriatrics and Gerontology. In G. Lesnoff-Caravaglia (Ed.). Handbook of Applied Gerontology. Human Sciences Press, NY. 155-170.
  • Germain, A., Miller. P.A. & Pang, S. (1986). From Theory to Practice: Service-Learning in Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy Education: Target 2000. American Occupational Therapy Association, Rockville, MD. 145-149.
  • Miller. P.A. (1987). Depression and Disability in Older Persons: An Occupational Therapist’s View. Selected Topics in Geriatric Medicine-Proceedings of the Continuing Medical Education Program in Geriatric Medicine and Long-Term Care. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Hanover, NJ. 1-6.
  • Miller. P.A. (1986). Theoretical models for treatment of depression. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. Vol. 5, (1): 3-11.
  • Miller. P.A. (1985). O.T. Prevention Programs. Occupational Therapy News. American Occupational Therapy Association, MD. Vol. 39, (5).
  • Neuhaus, B. & Miller, P. Occupational Therapy Reinforcement of Life Skills: An Approach to Community Care for Older Persons. Available from Administration on Aging Clearing House and Programs in Occupational Therapy, Columbia University. OHDS Grant #90 AT0096. 1985. [Videotext 12 min.]
  • Miller. P.A. (1980). Interrupting the depression cycle. Geriatric Nursing. July/Aug. 133- 135.
  • Miller, P. (1980). A Self-Assessment Instrument for Occupational Therapists – Charlotte Frank: An elderly woman evaluated by home care in an attempt to prevent institutionalization. American Occupational Therapy Association under the auspices of DHEW.1-26.

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