Occupational Therapy Department

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Elizabeth Baltus Hebert

Elizabeth Baltus Hebert

Associate Professor and Chair in Occupational Therapy
585-389-2071
ehebert4@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 128
Bio

Education: B.S., State University of NY at Potsdam; Certificate in OT, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., University of Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: Dr. Hebert coordinated a collaborative program between the Univ. of Buffalo and the Univ. of Rochester to train OTs and PTs to work in early intervention. She has been the occupational therapy discipline coordinator for an interdisciplinary training program for professionals who aspire to be leaders in the area of developmental disabilities. Dr. Hebert’s doctoral research utilized qualitative research to study parental decision making about interventions for their child with autism. Her Master’s thesis compared parent-child interaction during play of children with disabilities to typically developing children. Dr. Hebert has also participated in interdisciplinary research on family centered care during disclosure of autism.

Laura Poleshuck

Laura Poleshuck

Clinical Assistant Professor & Clinical Fieldwork Coordinator in Occupational Therapy
585-389-2116
lpolesh3@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 122
Bio

Education: B.S., Tufts University; M.S., Boston University; OTD, Boston University
Teaching and Research Interests: Aging in place with dementia, therapeutic use of self, functional analysis and modification, professional issues in occupational therapy, clinical education.

Kathleen B. Stoklosa

Kathleen B. Stoklosa

Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
585-389-2986
kstoklo3@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 125
Bio

Education: B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of New York at Buffalo; M.P.A., Public Administration with Health emphasis, SUNY College at Brockport; O.T.D., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Teaching and Research Interests: Assessment & intervention of individuals with physical dysfunction including neurological, upper extremity, and hand conditions; kinesiology; health policy & administration; leadership and management; theory/models of practice in occupational therapy.

 

Julie Ann Kunisch

Julie Ann Kunisch

Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
585-389-2651
jkunisc4@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 130
Bio

Education: B.S., University of Buffalo; O.T.D., Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Teaching and Research Interests: Effects of stress, positioning and skin-to-skin contact in the neonatal intensive care unit, assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions including stroke, cognitive rehabilitation, health care policy and reform, and rehabilitation sciences ethics.

Heather M. Bach

Heather M. Bach

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
hbach9@naz.edu
York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute
Michelle C. DeRue

Michelle C. DeRue

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
mderue8@naz.edu
Brittany A. Ferri

Brittany A. Ferri

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
bferri0@naz.edu
Julie C. Marra

Julie C. Marra

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
jmarra2@naz.edu
Marianna McCormack

Marianna McCormack

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-4299
mmccorm1@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 106
Johanna Kull Nells

Johanna Kull Nells

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
jnells3@naz.edu
Hannah K. Peck

Hannah K. Peck

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
hpeck8@naz.edu
Shelby M. Seymour

Shelby M. Seymour

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-4299
sseymou6@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 106
Bio

Education: B.S., Elizabethtown College; M.A.O.L., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Teaching and Research Interests: Psychosocial OT, cognitive remediation with chronically mentally ill populations, effective emotion management strategies in forensic settings.

Lauren E. Spatzer

Lauren E. Spatzer

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
lspatze1@naz.edu
Tara Beth Sweet

Tara Beth Sweet

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-2193
tsweet3@naz.edu
York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute 121
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bio

Education: B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Sackler School at Tufts University School of Medicine

Lisa AJ Sykes

Lisa AJ Sykes

Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5001
lsykes8@naz.edu
York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute 121
Bio

Education: A.S., Jamestown Community College; B.S., Occupational Therapy, Boston University; M.Ed., Adult Education, Colorado State University; OTD, Pediatric Track, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Teaching and Research Interests: Sensory processing, family/parent education, and emotional regulation in children. Her doctoral project was developing a program entitled Project PEACE: Promoting Emotional Adaptability in Children Everywhere. She is working on implementing the program in inner-city Rochester.

Beth M. Tarduno

Beth M. Tarduno

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-4299
btardun0@naz.edu
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 106
Bio

Education: B.S., Colorado State University; M.Ed., Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development at University of Rochester; Doctoral studies at Thomas Jefferson University

Teaching and Research Interests: Adult neuro-rehabilitation with a particular interest in neurodevelopmental treatment, motor-learning, visual and cognitive impairments and how these relate to functional skills; Driver Assessments for safety with aging and neurological diagnoses such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and adapted driving for individuals with a spinal cord injury.

Kimberly A. Warner

Kimberly A. Warner

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
585-389-5019
kwarner8@naz.edu
Child and student work in Occupational Therapy clinic

Occupational therapy faculty and students work directly with clients in on-campus clinics.

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Zachary M. Saeva

Zachary M. Saeva

Assistant Director of Career Operations in Center for Life's Work
585-389-4825
zsaeva5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 111B