Meira L Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
School of Health Sciences
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Areas of Expertise
Transition from school to adult life for students with developmental disabilities, students with autism, person-centered planning, and school-based occupational therapy
Meira L. Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Director of Research and Faculty Scholarship in the School of Health Sciences and Professor and Associate Chairperson for Research and Scholarship in the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department of Touro College in Manhattan and Central Islip, NY. She received her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy (BOT) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel in 1992, her Master’s in Advanced Occupational Therapy with specialization in developmental disabilities and pediatrics from New York University in 1995, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in occupational therapy research and leadership from New York University in 2008. Before joining Touro in 1999, Meira was a program manager at the Research and Training Institute of the National Center for Disability Services in Albertson, NY, where she coordinated research and demonstration grant programs funded by the US Department of Education. In this role she developed and researched transition programs tailored for students with severe disabilities.
As a qualitative researcher, her research focuses on the experiences of young adults with disabilities and their families during the transition from school to adult life. Meira is a member of AOTA’s Community of Practice on Transition, as well as the editorial board of the Journal of OT, Schools, and Early Intervention, where she edits a column on transition. She co-edited the first OT textbook on transition, “Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach”, which was published by AOTA Press in 2015. In 2019 she authored a chapter in the book, “Best practices for occupational therapy in schools” (by AOTA Press) on best practices in transition planning for independent living and workplace readiness. She presented numerous presentations and published articles and book chapters on transition, person-centered planning and school-based occupational therapy.
School based occupational therapy, transition from school to adult life
- New York University, New York, NY. Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy
- New York University, New York, NY. Master of Arts in Advanced Occupational Therapy with Specialization in Developmental Disabilities/Pediatrics
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Honors and Awards
- Service Commendation (2019, 2018, 2015, 2013, 2012), American Occupational Therapy Association
- Outstanding Mentor Award (2018), American Occupational Therapy Association
- Vera Jean Clark Brown Service Award (2016), Occupational Therapy Department, Touro College
- Alumna of Note (2016), American Friends of the Hebrew University
- Roster of Fellows (2015, American Occupational Therapy Association
- SIS Quarterly Wall of Fame Editor (2015), American Occupational Therapy Association
- Distinguished Leadership Award (2014), Occupational Therapy Department, Touro College
Transition from school to adult life, person-centered planning, consumer-directed disability programs, collaboration in school-based practice
- Orentlicher, M. L., & Dapice Wong, S. J. (2020, November 15). Engaging clinicians as primary investigators in an academic program: A model for increasing scholarship in occupational therapy practice [Presentation]. New York State Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Virtual Conference.
- Orentlicher, M. L., Frattarola-Saulino, M., Perry, K., & Obermeyer, I. (2020, November 13). Personal and policy considerations for planning and implementing self-directed supports and disability benefits: Results from action research [Presentation]. Social Policy and Disability Symposium, Fordham University.
- Orentlicher, M. (2020, April 3). Best-practice, student-centered transition services for occupational and physical therapists [Keynote]. 2020 Occupational and Physical Therapy State Conference, Iowa Department of Education.
- Orentlicher, M. L., Fazilov, R., Taubman, N., & Weinstock, T. (2019). The Experience of Direct-Care Providers Who Support Young Adults With Disabilities During the Transition From School To Adult Life in the Community. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO2013
- Orentlicher, M. (2019 June 4). Supporting the transition of student with autism from school to adult life in the community. Paper presented at the Shema Kolainu: Hear Our Voices Autism Workshop Series and Touro College, New York, NY.
- Orentlicher, M., Lashinsky, D., Bergstein-Teixeira, S., & Mograby, A. (2019 April 5). “The experiences and perceptions of collaboration between occupational therapists and other school professionals. Presentation at 2019 Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA
- Orentlicher, M. L, Stoffel, A., Mahoney, W., & Schefkind, S. (2019 April 4). Family, youth, and community engagement. Presentation at 2019 Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA
Select Recent Presentations
- Supporting the transition of students with autism from school to adult life in the community.” Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices Autism Workshop Series at Touro College, New York, NY, June 2019
- “Family, youth, and community engagement.” Coauthors: A. Stoffel, W. Mahoney, & S. Schefkind. 2019 Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2019
- “Pre-conference Institute: Supporting transitions from early childhood through high school.” Coauthors: C. T. Myers, & D. B. Schwind. Specialty Conference on School System Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association, Orlando, FL, November 2017
- “School to work transition.” Specialty Conference on School System Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association, Orlando, FL, December 2017
- “What happens next? Understanding the transition from school to adult life from the perspective of young adults with disabilities and their families.” Coauthors: L. L. Benenati, W. A. DeGeorge, M. Yakubov-Nisanova, M. Frattarola-Saulino, K. Perry, J. Clark, Jo. Clark, E. Perry, M. Pitchard, G. Waltz, & N. Pentzell. 2017 Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017
- “Developing and implementing transition services in schools: Tips and practical strategies.” Coauthors: S. Schefkind, D. Case, J. Hollenbeck, C. Myers, M. Podvey, & L. Rudd. 2016 Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, Chicago, IL, April 2016
- “Participatory action research: The science of storytelling and social change.” 4th Annual Faculty Author Reception, Touro College Libraries, New York, NY, November 2015
- “Secrets from the field: Transition research, resources, and tips.” Coauthors: D. Case, L. Crabtree, R. Gibson, H. Jackson-Pena, C. Myers, M. Podvey, L. Rudd, S. Schefkind, J. Schoonover. 2015 AOTA Annual Conference, American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN, April 2015
- Reviewer, Health Services Research Grant Program, American Occupational Therapy Foundation
- Editor, Transition Today and Tomorrow Column, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention
- Volunteer, Conference Planning Committee, American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference
Memberships and Affiliations
- Transition Community of Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
- New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA)
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
- Orthodox Jewish Occupational Therapy Caucus (OJOTC)
- Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Society for Disability Studies
- OT 695-696: Research I&II