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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Occupational Therapy Program

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Daurn Tribble, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Part Time

OT Program Administrator
(718) 270-7730


Brigitte Desport, DPS, ATP, OTR/L

Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives- CHRP and Assistant Professor


  • D.P.S. New York University, 2011, Occupational Therapy
  • M.A. New York Institute of Technology, 2004, Communication Arts
  • M.S. Touro College School of Health Sciences, 1999, Occupational Therapy
  • B.S. Touro College School of Health Sciences, 1999, Health Sciences


  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Assistive Technology Professional
  • Árnadóttir OT-ADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A-ONE)
  • Evaluation of Social Interaction
  • School Assessment of Motor and Process Skills

Personal Statement:

Dr. Brigitte Desport's expertise is in pediatric occupational therapy. She has over thirteen years of experience in school-based practice, much of this at the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Desport is a specialist in early intervention with a concentration in premature infancy.  She serves on national boards, and maintains her own private practice in New York City.
Dr. Desport's research explores the role of occupational therapy in underserved communities in the U.S. and internationally. One of her goals is to prepare students to be culturally competent when providing services to patients from oppressed groups, and she has piloted several initiatives to target Downstate's resources and opportunities toward addressing inequities in healthcare.

Scholarly/Clinical/Community Service Interests:

Board member, National Perinatal Association
Board member, The Brooklyn Children's Society of SUNY Downstate


  • Desport, B.C. & Kirschner, L. (2017). Using a Photo-based interview process to identify barriers to community participation. AOTA SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2(1), 2-4.