Susan Taddonio

Susan A. Taddonio, DPT, MA, PT

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Areas of Expertise


Clinical Specialty

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Hippotherapy


  • Presently working on PhD in Health Psychology from Northcentral University
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Stony Brook University, NY
  • BS, MA, Health Science & Physical Therapy, Touro College–Dix Hills, NY (Dean’s List)
  • MA, Exercise Physiology, Adelphi University-Garden City, NY (Dean’s List)
  • BBA, Business Administration, Hofstra University–Uniondale, NY (Dean’s List)

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Living Now Book Award, Gold Medal
  • 2016 Feathered Quill Book Award, Silver Medal
  • 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), Bronze Medal
  • 2016 Gold Medal Jenkins Group Eighth Annual Living Now Book Award
  • 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver Medal


  • The Benefits and Experience of Hippotherapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Gross Motor Dysfunction: to explore the benefits that hippotherapy facilitates in children in motor skills, emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication and interaction.

Recent Publications

Moss, W. L., Taddonio, S. A. (2015), The Survival Guide for Kids with Physical Disabilities and Challenges. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishers.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Human Gross Anatomy (Computer-based)
  • Palpation for Human Anatomy
  • Teacher assistant in Human Gross Anatomy Cadaver Lab
  • Kinesiology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Rehabilitation Design