Meira Orentlicher

    Meira L Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Director of Research & Faculty Scholarship, School of Health Sciences
    Associate Chair of Research & Scholarship, Occupational Therapy
    Dissertation Committee & Research Coordination, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

    Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Department of Occupational Therapy

    School of Health Sciences

    Areas of Expertise

    Transition from school to adult life for students with developmental disabilities, students with autism, person-centered planning, and school-based occupational therapy

    Biography

    Meira L. Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Director of Research and Faculty Scholarship in the School of Health Sciences and Professor and Associate Chairperson for Research and Scholarship in the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department of Touro College in Manhattan and Central Islip, NY. She received her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy (BOT) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel in 1992, her Master’s in Advanced Occupational Therapy with specialization in developmental disabilities and pediatrics from New York University in 1995, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in occupational therapy research and leadership from New York University in 2008. Before joining Touro in 1999, Meira was a program manager at the Research and Training Institute of the National Center for Disability Services in Albertson, NY, where she coordinated research and demonstration grant programs funded by the US Department of Education. In this role she developed and researched transition programs tailored for students with severe disabilities.

    As a qualitative researcher, her research focuses on the experiences of young adults with disabilities and their families during the transition from school to adult life. Meira is a member of AOTA’s Community of Practice on Transition, as well as the editorial board of the Journal of OT, Schools, and Early Intervention, where she edits a column on transition. She co-edited the first OT textbook on transition, “Transitions across the lifespan: An occupational therapy approach”, which was published by AOTA Press in 2015. In 2019 she authored a chapter in the book, “Best practices for occupational therapy in schools” (by AOTA Press) on best practices in transition planning for independent living and workplace readiness. She presented numerous presentations and published articles and book chapters on transition, person-centered planning and school-based occupational therapy.

    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

    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.