Leon Kirschner, OTD, MPH, ATP, CBIS, c/NDT

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy MS

School of Health Sciences

Clinical Specialty

  • Pediatrics
  • Accessibility/Inclusivity- environmental
  • Evaluation and Functional Assessment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Brain Injury


  • OTD, Boston University, Boston, MA 2020
  • MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, State University of New York Downstate Medical, 2000
  • BS, Exercise Science, Rutgers University, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Columbia University Fieldwork Supervisor of the Year Award, June 2016



  • Development and Use of Typology for Environmental/Contextual Factors Affecting Participation
  • Development and use of Alternate Methods Needs Assessments for Families of Children with Disabilities who have Low Literacy
  • Evaluator for Functional Assessments in Efficacy Studies for Commonly Utilized OT Interventions

Recent Publications

Submitted and Accepted, to be published shortly: “Uncovering the Obstacles: A Typology of Environmental and Contextual Factors Affecting Occupational Participation”

Kirschner, L. & Desport, B., (2017). Using A Photo-based Interview Process To Identify Barriers To Community Participation. AOTA Developmental Disabilities SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2, 2-4. 201

Kirschner, L. , Ayoob, K. & Barressi, I. (2016). When a Child Can’t “Just Eat It” EITI Newsletter, Summer 2016

Whitcomb, D., Mensah, N., Kirschner, L., Sanchez, L., & McAllister, T. (2017, January). International academy of hope: A proposed model for the education and rehabilitation of children with acquired brain injury. In BRAIN INJURY(Vol. 31, No. 6-7, pp. 849-849). 530 WALNUT STREET, STE 850, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA: TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC

Professional Service

  • Annual Reviewer Proposals for American Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Teaching Responsibilities

  • OTHN 675: Advanced Theory and Practice
  • HSBN 651- Administration and Healthcare Delivery
  • Development of 710: Justice and Healthcare for Doctoral Program