Grants and Contracts

Enhanced Fieldwork Experience and OT Services for the Homeless Population

Principle Investigator: Dr. Emily Raphael-Greenfield, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Dr. Sharon A. Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

For many years, graduate CUOT students have been placed at the Fort Washington Men’s Shelter for both Level 1 and Level 2 fieldwork experiences. The second year for this contract will provide year-round enhanced occupational therapy services, occupational therapy supervisory input, and service scholarships to selected students. The enhanced services includes the implementation of the SMART Program, a multi-modal, interactive skill-building program targeting living skills necessary for the transition from the shelter to apartment living; increased attention to substance use services and psychoeducation; and additional OT interventions.

Funded by the Project Renewal Agency

Through Your Professor’s Eyes: Using Google Glass to Enhance Healthcare Education

Principle Investigator: Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

To enhance healthcare education, to determine students and instructors perspectives on the strengths and limitations of using Google Glass in the classroom setting, and to determine if Google Glass improves student performance in the classroom.

Funded by Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators

Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care (E-LINC) Program

Co-Investigator: Phyllis Simon, MS, OTR, with Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, ANP-BC (PI)

This program focuses on health and wellness, community and transitional care, primary care, and mental health of elder LGBT individuals through the use of interdisciplinary teams. The goals of this grant are:

  • Improve the health and well-being of LGBT older adults through the implementation of an innovative, culturally appropriate, IPCP model
  • Cultivate a practice environment for interprofessional team building, collaborative problem-solving, and care coordination, and
  • Provide interprofessional practice-based training opportunities for health professional students with a focus on LGBT health.

Funded by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Reliability of the Dartfish Video Analysis System for Evaluating the Kinematics of Reaching and walking Activities

Principle Investigator: Dawn M. Nilsen Ed.D., OTL

This pilot study is designed to examine the validity and reliability of the Dartfish system for reaching and walking activities. The validity and reliability of Dartfish will be determined by comparing kinematic variables captured by Dartfish with those same measurements taken simultaneously by the Vicon motion analysis system.

Funded by the Hudson-Taconic Division of NYSOTA: 2013

Balance ability, balance confidence, prosthetic function, falls and associated injury in adults with leg amputations.

Co- Investigator: Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA with C. Kevin Wong, PhD, PT (PI).

The goal of this pilot study is to examine the relationship among falls, balance confidence, balance ability, and prosthetic function in people with leg amputations in order to develop an intervention program designed to reduce falls and injury risk.

Funded by the Center for Injury Epidemiology Prevention at Columbia (CIEPAC). Nov. 2012-Oct. 2013

Occupational Therapy Service–Learning in a community agency serving older adults.

Directed by Janet Falk-Kessler, EdD, OTR, FAOTA and Phyllis Simon, MS, OTR (2007-present); Patricia A. Miller, EdD, OTR, FAOTA (2004-2007)

This contract is for a community based project that is an expansion of the gerontology fieldwork experience. Selected occupational therapy students, working collaboratively with staff from the Jarvie Commonweal Services in NYC develop health promotion and health maintenance programs for older adults.

Funded by Jarvie Commonweal Services (2004-present).

OT Assessment / Intervention in Parole Support Treatment Program (PSTP).

Principal Investigator: Emily Raphael-Greenfield, EdD, OTR

The goals of this program are to assess and prescribe interventions to ease the transition into permanent housing for clients with psychiatric illness and long histories of incarceration.

Funded by Division of Criminal Justice Services through Project Renewal, 2010-2011

Effect of robot rehabilitation exercise training on motor control after stroke

Co- Investigator: Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

This study was designed to examine if providing robotic exercise using a training device (called Reo Go) would increase motor functioning and motor control in subacute and chronic stroke survivors. The subjects were at least 18 years of age, had a hemi-paresis of the upper extremity, had a diagnosis of ischemic stroke at least 6 months prior to study entry. The Reo Go device provided both assistive and assistive-resistive exercise.The subjects were assessed before, during and after treatment; outcome measures included motor control variables (ie, movement speed, force, error) and a variety of impairment and disability scales.

Funded by National Institutes of Health (J. Krakower, MD, Principle Investigator); subcontracted to OT, 2008-2010

Measuring hand function: Development of an outcome measure

Principal Investigator: Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Project goal is to develop a task-oriented and patient-centered hand function outcome measure, known as the Manual Ability Measure (MAM).

Funded by National Institutes of Health (K23 HD042702). Final year: 2007-2008

Development of the Taiwanese Manual Ability Measure (T-MAM)

Principal Investigator: Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Project goals are to develop a culturally adapted item bank of the Manual Ability Measure for Taiwanese people and examine its psychometric properties (reliability and validity) in stroke patients with manual disability receiving rehabilitation.

Funded by National Science Council, Taiwan, 2007

International learning experience and service experience in Nicaragua

Principal Investigator: Debra Tupe, MS. OTR

A service learning experience to promote rehabilitative efforts in Caribbean Nations. This specific experience focuses on Nicaragua and cross cultural training.

Funded by Global Health Partners. 2007

Model apartment program for the homeless individuals

Investigators: Emily Raphael MS., OTR, and Janet Falk-Kessler, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA

The goals of this program are to enhance clients’ ability to compete for housing, increasing overall placements and reducing each clients’ length of stay in a shelter; and to demonstrate the long-term efficacy of occupational therapy as a “housing readiness” strategy to enhance the ability of the homeless mentally ill to obtain housing.

Funded by van Ameringen Foundation Inc. through Project Renewal. 2007-2008

Enhanced fieldwork experience in working with older adults

Principal Investigator: Patricia Miller, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA

This contract provides funds for health promotion and health maintenance in the older population, and is structured around a service learning model.

Funded by Jarvie Commonweal Services Foundation. 2004- present

Facilitating change to promote health in older adults: An Interdisciplinary Education Program

Principal Investigators: Patricia Miller, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA
Mathew Maurer, MD

The project is developing and implementing an interdisciplinary curriculum, based on the Trans-theoretical Model of Change, designed to promote health and function in older adults, while providing medical residents and occupational therapy students with the skills to apply this model.

Funded by Garvey Teaching Academy, 2007

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