Susan Taddonio, MA, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Susan Taddonio
  • Campus:
    School of Health Sciences
  • Phone:
    (631) 665 1600 ext. 6351 / (212) 463-0400 ext. 5589
  • Email:


  • Presently working on PhD in Health Psychology from Northcentral University
  • 2006     DPT, Physical Therapy - Stony Brook University-NY
  • 1993    BS, Health Science MA, Physical Therapy – Dean’s List - Touro College–Dix Hills, NY
  • 1989    MA, Exercise Physiology – Dean’s List - Adelphi University-Garden City, NY
  • 1987    BBA, Business Administration – Dean’s List - Hofstra University–Uniondale, NY

Clinical Specialty

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Hippotherapy

Research Agenda

The Benefits and Experience of Hippotherapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Gross Motor Dysfunction

The purpose of this research is to explore the benefits that hippotherapy facilitates in children in motor skills, emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication and interaction. 

Teaching Responsibilities

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


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


  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver Medal
  • 2016 Feathered Quill Book Award, Silver Medal
  • Feathered Quill Book Award 2016, Best Juvenile/Young Adult Non-Fiction, Second Place