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Occupational Therapy Program - Faculty

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Suzanne White, MA, OTR

Tel: (718) 270-7734

e-mail: suzanne.white@downstate.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor  (Downstate OT Class of 1974)

Professor White has extensive experience in community mental health. She is one of the founding members of the Mental Health Taskforce, a Special Interest Section within the Metropolitan NY District of the New York State OT Association (MNYD of NYSOTA). She is involved in health and wellness project “OTs WALK With NAMI” She has published in a variety of publications promoting interventions in Mental Health including Psychiatric Services-Frontline Reports. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and she has co-authored the Activity Group Process chapter in Texture of Life (4th) for AOTA Press. Her research agenda is to build practice base evidence in time management for persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance related disorders. As part of her ongoing efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of OT: Let’s Get Organized, Professor White has pilot-test a new tool, the Assessment of Time Management Skills (ATMS). The program has been translated into Swedish, and both the assessment and the Let’s Get Organized program are used by occupational therapists in Sweden. Professor White has been recognized by the AOTA’s Roster of Fellows for “advocacy, research, and innovation in mental health practice”. 

Professor White has been a leader in developing innovative ways for occupational therapists to assist clients with mental illness. Her group intervention, Let’s Get Organized, has been recognized in the US and internationally, with particularly wide use in Sweden.