I am a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Department at Ithaca College and joined the faculty in 2006. I have worked in the field of adult and geriatric rehabilitation in a variety of settings, including hospital, outpatient, community based, and long term care facilities. My specialty areas are ergonomics and work related practice, and I am a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). I am also interested in community based programming and health and wellness, and developed a partnership to provide occupational therapy services at the Ithaca Free Clinic. My doctoral work focused on the role of occupational therapy in the sustainability movement through green ergonomics, and this is part of my ongoing research interests. My research also focuses on the dynamic interactions of people at work. Currently, I serve as the OT Department's Chair and Program Director. I am the immediate past chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Commission on Practice, and also served as chair of AOTA's Work and Industry Special Interest Section http://www.aota.org/wisis.
I have taught a variety of courses including: Concepts in Adult OT, Adult Evaluation and Intervention Processes, Research Seminar, Group Research I and II, OT in Life Skills at the Center for Life Skills, and Applied Occupations Lab.
I am from Long Island originally, but fell in love with Ithaca and relocated after graduating. My husband (an IC alum!) and I enjoy spending time as a family with our two kids and dog, and visiting all of the great area parks, shops, and restaurants!