Shifra Leiser, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Shifra Leiser


  • B.A., Psychology, Yeshiva University Stern College for Women
  • M.A., Occupational Therapy, New York University
  • OTD, Occupational Therapy, Misericordia University 

Clinical Specialty

  • Neuro-Development
  • Pediatrics
  • Certified in Sensory Integration, including the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT)
  • Certified in the HANDLE® Approach as Practitioner and Instructor 

Research Agenda

  • Agendas:

Explore and investigate the impact of parental education and empowerment on stress reduction and client outcomes

Research, validate and further develop the application of Gentle Enhancement™ as a treatment paradigm i.e. - the negative impact of stress on neuro-plasticity, growth, development and systems functioning

Professional Service

  • Held various elected and appointed executive board positions with AOTA and NYSOTA: 2015 Chairperson, MNYD; 2012-2014 Vice Chairperson, MNYD; 2006-2013 founding Chairperson NYS OT Political Action Committee; 2007-2011 Scholarship Chairperson LID; 2006-2014 Representative Assembly NYS Representative AOTA
  • 2013-2016 Chairperson Graduate Faculty Council, Touro  College
  • On-going Member of OT Academic Review Committee; OT Admissions Committee; SHS rep to Security Advisory Council.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • HS440/441 Human Disease
  • OT675 Advanced OT Theory and Practice
  • OT649 NBCOT Exam Review
  • OT640 Current Trends


  • NYSOTA Conference November 2015, Westchester, NY. Presentation: “Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks? Using a Flipped Model and a Blended Classroom”. With Ramona Guthrie.