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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


Margaret Kaplan, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Dean and Associate Professor


  • PhD, New York University, Occupational Therapy, 2002
  • MA, Columbia University, Motor Learning, 1989
  • BS, Downstate Medical Center, Occupational Therapy, 1975
  • Certification in QiGong Sensory Treatment (QST), 2012

Personal Statement:

Dr. Kaplan specializes in occupational therapy intervention with children and families. She has been the director of two U.S. Department of Education grants to provide advanced training in early intervention to Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy students. Publications include journal articles and textbook chapters on multisensory environments, intervention for children with HIV/AIDS, motor skills acquisition and use of activities for intervention with children. Dr. Kaplan has recently served as the Interim Dean for the College of Health Related Professions. She is currently the Associate Dean for Program Development in the College and she teaches the inter-disciplinary Research Methods course. She was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association with a Recognition of Achievement award for promoting family centered practice for underserved children and by the Zero to Three association for leadership in New York's zero to three field.

Scholarly, Clinical, Community Service Interests:

  • 2017-2018 PI for Funded Project: "Training for Community Health Work and Medical Coding Specialist", NYS Department of Health, 2 year grant, $370,938
  • 2016-2017 Funded Project: "Access Education", one year project to offer training for faculty from all colleges at Downstate Medical Center in teaching strategies for students who are struggling with the curriculum, SUNY, $10,000
  • 2015-2016 Funded project: "High needs grant to expand imaging in the Medical Informatics Program", SUNY, $64,000
  • 2014 Book Chapter, " Using Activities as Challenges to Facilitate Development of Occupational Performance" in J.Hinojosa & M. Blount (Eds.), The Texture of Life.  4 ed.
  • Book chapter in progress: "Motor Skills Acquisition Frame of Reference" in J. Hinojosa & P. Kramer (Eds.), Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, 4th ed.
  • Planning and coordinating an interdisciplinary conference '"Health Disparities and People Living with Disability" 2018 at Dowstate Medical Center
  • Clinical practice
    • families with children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum teaching QiGong Sensory Treatment
    • evaluations for age 0-21