Grants and Contracts

Measuring Emotional Intelligence in Admissions

Principle Investigator: Janet Falk-Kessler, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA and Sharon Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Grant to develop and assess a student admission procedure instrument that can provide information about emotional intelligence and professional behaviors in the classroom and clinical setting.

Funded by Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, 2016 – 2017

A Motor Learning Approach to Improve Motor Planning in Children with Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia

Principle Investigator: Katherine Dimitropoulou, Ph.D., OTR/L

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 and Dr. S. Agrawal, Professor, Department of Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Funded by Irving Institute/CTO, Columbia University, 2016 – 2017

Developing and Testing the Effectiveness of a Mobile Device Gaming App for Children with Dyslexia

Principle Investigator: Lenin C. Grajo, Ph.D., Ed.M., OTR

Funded by Yeti Learning Gmbh, Berlin, Germany, 2016 – 2017

Enhanced Fieldwork Experience and OT Services for the Homeless Population

Principle Investigator: Emily Raphael-Greenfield, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA and 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, 2015 – 2017

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, 2014 – 2016

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., OTR/L, FAOTA

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

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 – 2015

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

Principal Investigator: Emily Raphael-Greenfield, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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

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/L, 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

Coping Behaviors of Stroke Survivors Undergoing Inpatient Rehabilitation

Principle Investigator: Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

This study examined the coping strategies used by stroke survivors undergoing inpatient rehabilitation and the relationships between demographic or clinical variables and coping behaviors.

Funded by New York State Occupational Therapy Association, 2003 – 2005

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