Faculty Research

Faculty members in the Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy have developed three primary research foci through which occupational therapy evaluation and practice are examined: cognitive-motor, mental health, and international research. The cognitive-motor research track explores (1) the development and testing of ecologically valid and occupation-based instruments that can accurately identify cognitive and motor impairment in neurological patients and (2) the development and assessment of occupation-based interventions that effectively address cognitive and motor problems in neurological populations. The mental health research track explores the development and assessment of occupation-based interventions that promote optimal daily function in populations with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The international research track (1) examines how culture impacts disability, access to service, and health professional and care giver perceptions; and (2) explores how international service learning programs influence occupational therapy students’ cultural competence.

Byrne, P., Raphael, E. I., & Coleman-Wilson, A. (2010). Art as a transformative
occupation. OT Practice, 15(5), 13-17.

Castaldy-Fleming, R., & Gillen, G. (2013). The Issue Is: Ensuring that education, certification, and practice are evidence based. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 364-369.

Chen, C. C., Palmon, O., & Amini, D. (2014). Responsiveness of the Manual Ability Measure (MAM-36): Changes in hand function using self-reported and clinician-rated assessments. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 187-193. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.009258

Chen, C. C., & Bode, R. K. (2011). Factors influencing therapists’ decision making in acceptance of new technology devices in stroke rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(5), 415-25. Doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e318214f5d8

Chen, C. C. (2011). The Manual Ability Measure: An occupation-based assessment. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 27(15), July 18, 2011, p. 13-15. Digital version: http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com/ebook/archive.aspx

Chen, C. C., & Bode, R. K. (2010). Psychometric validation of the Manual Ability Measure (MAM-36) in patients with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(3), 414-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2009.11.012

Chen, H. M., Chen C. C., Hsueh, I. P., Huang, S. L., & Hsieh, C. L. (2009). A comparison of test-retest reliability of hand function tests in patients with stroke. Neurorehab and Neural Repair, 23(5), 435-440. Doi: 10.1177/1545968308331146

Girón Coker, E., McIsaac, T., & Nilsen D. (2012). Effects of kinesthetic vs. visual imagery practice on two technical dance movements: a pilot study. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 16 (1), 36-38.
Crepeau, E.B., Schell, B.A.B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M.E. (2014). Analyzing occupations and activity. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Doucet, B. M., & Gutman, S. A. (2013). From the Desk of the Editor and Associate Editor. Quantifying function: The rest of the measurement story. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 7-9. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.007096

Falk-Kessler, J. (2014). “Professionalism, Communication & Teamwork”, in Schell, B.; Gillen, G.; Scaffa. M., editors; Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 12th edition; 1.     Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins ch. 35.

Falk-Kessler, J. (2011). Psychological Aspects of Stroke Rehabilitation, in Gillen, G., Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function Based Approach, 3rd  Edition; St. Louis: Mosby, Inc.  ch. 2

Falk-Kessler, J., Kalina, J., & Miller, P.  (2012)  The influence of occupational therapy on resilience in individuals with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 14:160-168.

Falk-Kessler, J., & Kane, L. (2011). Annalisa Meier. [Letter to the editor]. P&S Journal, Spring 2011:2.

Fasoli, S. & Chen, C. C. (2014). What do clinicians need from a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy?  An alternative approach for describing treatment content vs. process. Invited commentary on “Describing what we do: A qualitative study of clinicians’ perspectives on classifying rehabilitation interventions.” Archives in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, (1 Suppl 1): S74-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2013.06.037

Gillen, G. (in press). Neurological Approaches: Evaluation and Intervention. In Fleming-Castaldy, R. (ed.) National Occupational Therapy Certification Review and Study Guide ed 7. International Educational Resources, Concord.

Gillen, G. (in press). Cognitive Perceptual Approaches: Evaluation and Intervention. In Fleming-Castaldy, R. (Ed.), National Occupational Therapy Certification Review and Study Guide ed 7. International Educational Resources, Concord.

Gillen, G. (2014). Occupational therapy interventions for individuals. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Gillen, G. (2014). Motor function and occupational performance. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Gillen, G. (2013). A fork in the road: An occupational hazard? (Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 641–652.

Gillen, G. (2013). Cerebrovascular accident/Stroke. In Schultz-Krohn, W. & Pendleton, H. (Eds.) Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, 7th ed., Elsevier Science/Mosby, St. Louis.

Gillen, G. (2013). Evaluation and Treatment of Limited Occupational Performance Secondary to Cognitive Dysfunction. In Schultz-Krohn, W. & Pendleton, H. (Eds.) Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, 7th ed., Elsevier Science/Mosby, St. Louis.

Gillen, G. (2013). Degenerative Neurologic Diseases. In Early, M. (Ed.) Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, 3rd ed., Elsevier Science/Mosby, St. Louis, (2013).

Gillen, G., Nilsen, D. M., Attridge, J., Banakos, E., Morgan, M., Winterbottom, L. & York, W. (in press). Effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for those with cognitive impairments after stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Gillen, G., Nilsen, D. M., Attridge, J., Banakos, E., Morgan, M., Winterbottom, L. & York, W. (2014). What is the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for those with cognitive impairments after stroke? [Critically Appraised Topic]. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project. Available online at http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Practice/CCL/Stroke/Stroke-CAT-2-Cognition.ashx

Gillen, G., O’Sullivan, S., & Garbarini, J. (in press). Neurological System Disorders. In Fleming-Castaldy, R. (ed.). National Occupational Therapy Certification Review and Study Guide ed 7. International Educational Resources, Concord.

Gillen G., & Schell, B.A.B. (2014). Introduction to evaluation, intervention, and outcomes for occupations. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Gutman, S. A. (2012). Centennial Vision—State of mental health research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2008–2011. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(2), e30–e33. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.003913

Gutman, S. A. (2011). From the Desk of the Editor—Special issue: The effectiveness of occupational therapy services in mental health practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 235-237. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.001339

Gutman, S. A. (2011). Commentary. Effectiveness of occupational therapy services in mental health practice. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18(11), p. 9.

Gutman, S. A. (2010). From the Desk of the Editor—Reporting standards for intervention effectiveness studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 523-527.

Gutman, S. A., & Murphy, S. L. (2012). From the Desk of the Editor and Associate Editor– Information commonly unreported in intervention effectiveness studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 7-10. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.003673

Gutman, S. A., & Raphael-Greenfield, E. I. (2014). Centennial Vision. Five years of mental health research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2009-2013. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(1), e21-e36. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.010249

Gutman, S. A., Raphael-Greenfield, E. I., Kerr, L., Siedlitz, E., & Wang, C. (2014). Using motor-based role-play to enhance social skills in a nonverbal adolescent with HFA: A case report. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 30, 1-14. doi:10.1080/0164212X.2014.878235

Gutman, S.A., Raphael-Greenfield, E.I. & Rao, A.K. (2012): Increasing social skill use in adolescents with high-functioning autism: A nine-participant single-subject design, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 5:3-4, 209-220 DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2012.650953

Gutman, S. A., Raphael-Greenfield, E. I., & Rao, A. K. (2012). Effect of a motor based role play intervention on the social behaviors of adolescents with high functioning autism: Multiple baseline single subject design. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(5) 529-537 doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.003756

Gutman, S. A., Raphael-Greenfield, E. I., Carlson, N., Friedman, R., & Iger, A. (2012). Enhancing social skills in adolescents with HFA using motor-based role-play and a canine animal assistant: A pilot study. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1(1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/ojot/vol1/iss1/4

Gutman, S. A., Raphael, E. I., & Salvant, S. (2012). The effect of an occupational therapy role-playing intervention on social skill interaction in adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome: A pilot study. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 28. 20–35 doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2012.650953

Gutman, S. A., Raphael, E. I., Ceder, L. M., Kahn, A., Timp, K. M., & Salvant, S. (2010). The effect of a motor based, social skill intervention for adolescents with high functioning autism: Two single subject design cases. Occupational Therapy International, 17(4), 188-197. doi: 10.1002/oti.300

Hills, A. E., & Chen, C. C. (2012). The Manual Ability Measure in the oncology population: The clinical application of an occupation based hand assessment. AOTA Physical Disabilities Special Interest Group Continuing Education Series. OT Practice, 17(6), CE1-CE8, June 18, 2012 issue.

Kalina, J., Falk-Kessler, J., & Herbert, J. (2013). Effect of occupational therapy on resilience and quality of life in MS [abstract]. CMSC-Actrims, RH22.

Kalina, J., Falk-Kessler, J., Miller, P., Bacon, J., Herbert, J.(2011) The effect of occupational therapy on resilience and quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis.  Neurology. 76: 9: A601-A602.

Kalina, J., Falk-Kessler, J., Miller, P., Bacon, J., Herbert, J. (2010). The effect of occupational therapy on resilience of patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 16: S332.

Lin, S. Y., Chen, C. C., Mao, H. F., Hsiao, F. Y., & Tu, V. Y. H. (2013). The development and preliminary validation of the Taiwanese Manual Ability Measure for Burns. Burns, 39(6), 1250-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2012.12.012

Lu, W. S., Chen, C. C., Huang, S. L. & Hsieh, C. L. (2012). Smallest real difference of two instrumental activity of daily living measures in patients with chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(6), 1097-1100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.01.015

Murphy, S. L., & Gutman, S. A. (2012). From the Desk of the Editor and Associate Editor—Intervention fidelity: A necessary aspect of intervention effectiveness studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 387-388. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.005405

Nilsen, D. M., Gillen, G., Geller, D., Hreha, K., Osei, E., & Saleem, G. (in press). Effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for those with motor impairments after stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Nilsen, D.M., & DiRusso, T. (in press). Using mirror therapy in the home environment: A case report. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Nilsen, D. M., Gillen, G., Geller, D., Hreha, K., Osei, E., & Saleem, G. (2014). What is the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for those with motor deficits after stroke? [Critically Appraised Topic]. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project. Available online at http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Practice/CCL/Stroke/Stroke-CAT-3-Motor.ashx

Nobbe, J., Nilsen, D.M., & Gillen, G. (2012). Mental practice is modifiable: changes in perspective maintenance and vividness post-stroke. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 7(1), 1-16.

Nilsen, D. M., Gillen, G., Dirusso, T., & Gordon, A.M. (2012). Effect of imagery perspective on occupational performance after stroke: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 320-329.

Nilsen, D.M., Gillen, G., & Gordon, A.M. (2010). Use of mental practice to improve upper limb recovery after stroke: a systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 695-708.

Raphael-Greenfield, E. (2012). Assessing executive and community functioning among homeless persons with substance use disorders using the EFPT. Occupational Therapy International,19, 135–143 doi: 10.1002/oti.1328

Raphael-Greenfield, E., Shteyler, A., Silva, M. R., Caine, P. G., Soo, S., Rotonda, E. C., et al. (2011, September). Hard-wired for groups: Students and clients in the classroom and clinic. Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 34(3), 1–4.

Schell, B.A.B., Scaffa, M.E., Gillen G., & Cohn, E.S. (2014). Contemporary occupational therapy practice. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Schell, B.A.B., & Gillen, G. (2014). Overview of theory guided intervention. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Schell, B.A.B., Gillen, G., Scaffa, M.E., & Cohn, E.S. (2014). Individual variance. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Smith, D. L., & Gutman, S. A. (2011). From the Desk of the Editor—Health literacy in occupational therapy practice and research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 367-369. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.002139

Steenbergen, B., Crajé, C., Nilsen, D.M., & Gordon, A.M. (2009). Motor imagery training in hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A potentially useful therapeutic tool for rehabilitation. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 51(9), 690-696.

Wong, C. K., Chen, C. C., & Welsh, J. (2013). Preliminary assessment of balance in community-dwelling adults with leg amputations using the Berg Balance Scale: a Rasch Rating Scale Analysis. Physical Therapy Journal, 93(11), 1520-9. Doi:10.2522/ptj.20130009 [The first 2 authors contribute equally to the manuscript.]

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