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Occupational Therapy Program

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

OT Program Administrator
(718) 270-7730


Suzanne M. White, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Clinical Associate Professor, Part Time
phone: (718) 270-7735


  • M.A., Advanced Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy, with specialization in vocational rehabilitation and supported work for persons with mental illness
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy (Downstate OT Class of 1974)

Advanced Training/Certificates:

  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA), for "advocacy, research, and innovation in mental health practice" since 2015
  • The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
  • Evaluation of Social Interaction
  • Allen Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Certificate in Early Intervention, SUNY Downstate
  • Mental Health First Aid Youth

Personal Statement:

I am an OT who is committed to the advancement of evidence-based practice, client advocacy and professional mentorship. I have dedicated my entire professional career to serving clients with a mental illness and developing new strategies for OT interventions within this population. My major research focus is in time management for persons with executive function impairments with the creation of the Let's Get Organized program in Sweden and in the US. My aim is to inspire my students to see the value of mental health in OT. My teaching techniques provide creative applications to core OT concepts including Allen's cognitive levels, psycho-educational models, neurocognitive treatment paradigms, and sensory and cognitive adaptation strategies. I use experiential learning in the group process course and the clinical psychosocial interventions course to insure the students are prepared for clinical practice.

Research Interests:

  • Time Management
  • Executive function
  • Child mental health
  • Mental health
  • Health Promotion
  • Walking

Scholarly, Clinical, and Community Service Interests:

  • White, S. (2017,November). Assessing Time Management Skills: Collaborative Use of Weekly Calendar Planning Activity and Assessment of Time Management Skills. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, accepted for publication.
  • Janeslätt, G., Lidström Holmqvist, K., Holmefur, M., & White, S. (2016) Assessment of Time Management Skills: psychometric properties of the Swedish version. Swedish Occupational Therapy Journal, accepted for publication.
  • Toglia, J. & White, S.M. (2018). Weekly Calendar Planning Activity. In Barbara J. Hemphill (Ed.) Assessment In Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach 3rd Ed. Chapter 2 in Press.
  • White, S. M. (2016). Ha Koll! gruppintervention för att hantera tid och organisera aktiviteter. Manual svensk version 1.0 [Swedish Let's get organized} (G. Janeslätt, K. Rydberg, M.-L. Englund & M. Donlau, Trans.). Stockholm: Sveriges arbetsterapeuter
  • Tomlinson, J. & White, S.M. (2014) Activity Group Process Chapter 9 The Texture of Life: Purposeful Activities in Occupational Therapy, 4th edition, ed. Jim Hinojosa and Marie-Louise Blount. The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • White, S.M., Anderson, A., & Roberts, A. (2013, June). OTs Walk With NAMI: Promoting Community Health and Wellness by Building Alliance and Advocacy. Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 36(2), 1–3.
  • White, S.M., Riley, A.W. & Flom, P. (2013). Assessment of Time Management Skills (ATMS): A practice-based outcome questionnaire Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. 29, 1–17.
  • White, S.M. (2010) Time management program helps substance abuse facility residents with co-occurring disorders improve skills required for community reentry. Health Care Innovation Exchange, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
  • White, S. M. (2007). Let's get organized: Cognitive intervention for persons with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric Services, 58, 713.
  • Contributor to Guidelines for the Use of Sensory Modulation Equipment and Sensory/Comfort Rooms in HHC Psychiatric Inpatient units. Students projects which, further this research process have included "Quality assurance study to measure a sensory modulation program",

Clinical Expertise:

I have extensive experience in community mental health programs. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient units in both private and public hospitals and agencies. The majority of my career was working with adults but in last 3 years I have been a clinical supervisor for Level II Fieldwork students on child inpatient behavioral health unit integrating a sensory-based comfort room into the unit treatment. I am skilled in evaluation using standardize assessments and in planning interventions which recognize the prevalence of sensory and cognitive impairments in these populations.

AOTA recognizes and supports the Wellness Program   OTs Walk with NAMI project.

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