Lisa Kurtz

Name and Contact

  • Lisa A. Kurtz, M.Ed., OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Scarborough, ME;

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • B.S. Occupational Therapy, University of Pennsylvania (1974)
  • M.Ed., Arcadia University, 1986
  • AOTA Board Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist (1992, 1997,2002)
  • Certified, Sensory Integration International (SCSIT 1979, SIPT 1989)
  • Certified Reading Specialist, PA Board of Education (1987)

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Pediatric rehabilitation, with a focus on neurodevelopmental disorders, sensory processing disorders, learning and behavioral challenges, vision impairment and blindness, feeding difficulties
  • Early intervention and school-based practice
  • Clinical education for OTs and OTAs, and for multidisciplinary pre-and-post professional pediatric fellows
  • Administrative and organizational leadership

Awards and Honors

  • AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award (1999)
  • AOTA Roster of Fellows (1998)
  • AOTA Service Award (1998)
  • PA OT Association Service Award (1988)
  • PA OT Association Master Clinician Nomination (1986)
  • Children’s Seashore House, Mary J. Gerace Award for Extraordinary Service (1997)

Leadership Accomplishments and Passions (List up to 10)

  • Served as Director of OT for Children’s Hospital of PA and Children’s Seashore House for 24 years, with broad responsibilities addressing clinical, administrative, and academic needs of a large department; also responsible for all interdisciplinary education activities of the hospital
  • Founding Co-Director and Director of Training for MCH Funded LEND Program (Multidisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders for Pre-and-Post Doctoral Fellows) in collaboration with University of PA School of Medicine
  • Extensive publications and editorial review activity, including publishing 6 books on topics relating to pediatric neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Authored or Co-Authored multiple grants (training and service related) with total awards in excess of $3.6 million
  • Extensive technical assistance and consultation to various professional organizations including AOTA
  • Served as Fieldwork Supervisor or Co-Supervisor to more than 240 OT and OTA students
  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Faculty appointments to several Universities

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