Meira L Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of Research & Faculty Scholarship, School of Health Sciences
Associate Chair of Research & Scholarship, Occupational Therapy

Professor, Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Clinical Specialty

School based occupational therapy, transition from school to adult life

Education

  • 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

Research

Transition from school to adult life, person-centered planning, consumer-directed disability programs, collaboration in school-based practice

Recent Publications

Select Recent Publications

Orentlicher, M. L. (2019). Best practices in transition planning for independent living and workplace readiness. In G. Frolek Clark, J. E. Rioux, & B. E. Chandler (Eds.), Best practices for occupational therapy in schools (2nd ed.; pp. 193-199). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Orentlicher, M. L. & Case, D. (2018). Adolescence and ASD. In R. Watling & S. L. Spitzer (Eds.), Autism across the lifespan: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (4th ed.; pp. 243-253). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Orentlicher, M. L. & Case, D. (2018). Intervention for participation in IADLs and Independent Living for Individuals with ASD. In R. Watling & S. L. Spitzer (Eds.), Autism across the lifespan: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (4th ed.; pp. 287-303). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Orentlicher, M. L., Case, D., Podvey, M. C., Myers, C. T., Rudd, L. Q., & Schoonover, J. (2017). Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): What is Occupational Therapy’s Role in Transition Services and Planning? Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available at: https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Practice/Children/FAQ-What-is-OTs-Role-in-Transition-Services-and-Planning-20170530.pdf

Handley-More, D., Schneider, E. W., Hollenbeck, J., & Orentlicher, M. L. (2017). FAQs about Practice in the Schools. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available at: https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Practice/Children/Member-Questions-about-Schools-20170413.pdf

Handley-More, D., Schneider, E. W., Hollenbeck, J., & Orentlicher, M. L. (2017). FAQs about Practice in Early Intervention. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available at: https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Practice/Children/Member-Questions-about-EI-20170413.pdf

Orentlicher, M. L., Schefkind, S., & Gibson, R. W. (Eds.) (2015). Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Orentlicher, M. L., Schefkind, S., & Gibson, R. W. (2015). Introduction. In M. L. Orentlicher, S. Schefkind, & R. W. Gibson (Eds.), Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach (pp. xv-xvi). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Orentlicher, M. L. (2015). Transition from school to adult life. In M. L. Orentlicher, S. Schefkind, & R. W. Gibson (Eds.), Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach (pp. 103-126). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Schoonover, J. W. & Orentlicher, M. L. (2015). Supportive environments for transition. In M. L. Orentlicher, S. Schefkind, & R. W. Gibson (Eds.), Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach (pp. 213-236). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Recent Presentations

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

Professional Service

  • 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)
  • TASH
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Society for Disability Studies

Teaching Responsibilities

  • OT 695-696: Research I&II