Laurette Olson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Laurette Olson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, is professor and program director of the developing Occupational Therapy program in the School of Arts & Science. She has over 30 years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist and has written and presented extensively about a number of topics related to child and adolescent occupational therapy practice. Dr. Olson serves as a member of the AOTA work group on School Mental Health, as well as the work group on Response to Intervention. In 2011, she was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for her work addressing the mental health needs of children and their families.
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Danielle Mahoney, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L
Danielle Mahoney, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program. Mahoney has worked in fast-paced adult rehabilitation settings, as well as in homecare. The focus of Mahoney’s doctoral work was on developing an assessment tool to address anticipatory awareness in adults with neurological pathologies. Mahoney created the Occupational Therapy Anticipatory Awareness Test (OTAAT) in efforts to improve occupational therapists’ ability to assess and ensure clients’ safety while they perform their desired occupations. Her work related to self-awareness has been published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Currently, Mahoney is working on establishing the psychometric properties of the OTAAT. She has assisted with teaching an older adult course at Columbia University and looks forward to continuing her role in academia at Iona College. She believes that mentorship is one of the keys to a successful academic experience and professional career.
Michele Morgante OTD, OTR/L
Michele Morgante OTD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Morgante has over 20 years of clinical experience working in a variety of practice settings including inpatient and outpatient adult rehabilitation, homecare (early intervention, school aged and adult), sensory gyms, and school-based settings (private preschools, general education and private non-for-profit). In her most recent role, Dr. Morgante helped develop and implement a sensory based occupational therapy program in a private not for profit special education school. The focus of Dr. Morgante’s doctoral studies was related to the development of inclusive middle school communities. She studied special education students’ perceptions of the degree of support that they received from their teachers and the impact of that support on their school experience. She is currently working towards publishing the results of her study. Dr. Morgante has over 10 years teaching experience as an adjunct professor in a graduate occupational therapy program. She is excited to be part of Iona College’s commitment to community engagement through development of a program to support Iona College students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they navigate challenges presented to them in higher education.
Tripta Velamoor, MA, OTR/L, ATP
Tripta Velamoor MA, OTR/L, ATP is Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Lecturer. She has over 15 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in a number of practice settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and schools. Before joining the OT faculty at Iona College, Ms. Velamoor was the board-appointed occupational therapy coordinator for Mamaroneck UFSD. In this leadership role, she collaborated with administration to oversee the provision of OT services throughout the school district. She is also certified through RESNA as an Assistive Technology Practitioner and was an assistive technology evaluator for the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Velamoor has a strong interest in service learning and community-based projects, and looks forward to carrying out the mission of Iona College in her role as Fieldwork Coordinator for the graduate program in occupational therapy.