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Ellen Greer

Ellen Greer Ph.D., OT/L, LP

Assistant Professor


  • New York University: Division of Occupational Therapy, M.A., 1976, Ph.D., 2004
  • City University of New York: English Literature and Education, 1971

Professional Training

  • Ackerman Institute for the Family: Center for Family and Health Seminar. Fall 2007 to January 2008
  • Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society: Group Psychotherapy Certificate. 2004-2005
  • Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies: Psychoanalysis Certification. 1993
  • New York State Licensure: Occupational Therapy, 1976; Psychoanalysis, 2006

Academic Appointments

2005 to present
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, NY
Assistant Professor; Academic Field Work Coordinator

  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Occupational Science
  • Theses Advisement
  • OT Theory 1
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Fieldwork Level II and Specialization

2004 to present
New York University, New York, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Activity Group Process
  • Lecture and Lab
  • Teaching Fellow-1994 to 1998
  • Activity Group Process
  • Lab and Guest Lectures

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Assistant Professor

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Activity Group Process
  • Leadership Skills
  • Medical Conditions
  • Human Development-Geriatrics
  • Mental Health Theory
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Field Work Seminar
  • Advocacy
  • Capstone Advisement


NYIT IRB Approved Research Projects

  • Greer, E. Principal Investigator (Student Thesis Project): Parents Perceptions of Children at Risk for Obesity.
  • Greer , E. & Neville, E. Co- Principal Investigators: The Impact of Breast Cancer
  • Treatment on the Meaning of Occupational Patterns in the Lifeworld of Women with Breast Cancer who Return to Paid and Unpaid Work: A Phenomenological Study.
  • Greer, E. & Neville, Co-Principal Investigators: A Phenomenological Investigation of the Meaning of Femininity to Latina Women: Collaborative Research: Civic -Engagement.
  • Greer, E. Principal Investigator (Student Thesis Project). Coping Skills of Mothers with Children Diagnosed with ADHD.


  • Greer, E. (2007). Women's Immersion in a Workfare Program: Emerging Challenges for Occupational Therapists. Book and Special Edition-Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, Volume 3-4, Haworth Press.
  • States, R. A., Susman, W. M., Riquelme, L. F., Godwin,E.M., Greer,E. (2007) . Community Health Education: Reaching Ethnically Diverse Elders, Journal of Allied Health, Volume 34, 208-214.
  • Donahue, M. & Greer, E. (2004). Designing Group Activities to Meet Individual and Group Goals. In Hinojosa, J. & Blount, M. (Eds.). 2nd Edition. The Texture of Life. Purposeful Activities in Occupational Therapy. AOTA.
  • Donahue, M. & Greer, E. (2002). Designing group activities to meet individual and goal goals. In Hinojosa, J. & Blount, M. (Eds.) 1st Edition. The Texture of Life. Purposeful Activities in Occupational Therapy. AOTA.


  • Plotnick, HDP, Greer, E. (June 2007). Listening to the cry for help form the faithful strangers among us. A struggle to develop a cross-cultural graduate occupational therapy program through community-university collaboration.
  • Greer,E. & Palamar,M. (April 29,2006). Human Trafficking. American Association of University Women , New York State Convention.
  • States, R.A., Susman, W. M., Riquelme,L.., Greer,E., Godwin, E. (February 4-8, 2004). Integreting interdisciplinary, community-based education for diverse elders into professional curricula. American Physical Therapy Associations Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, T.N.
  • Scott, A.H., Greer, E. Szczepanski, M. Wong, A. Gutman, S. Becker,E. & States, R. (June 27, 2002). Smoking Cessation, health promotion and multicultural factors across the lifespan, 13th World Congress of Occupational Therapists. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Greer, E., Riquelme, L.F., Godwin, E.M. and States, R.A. (June 13, 2002). A community education program to promote mental health wellness among urban community dwelling elders. Multicultural perspective on assessment in aging. Institute on aging. Long Island University.

Professional Activities

  • Alumni Board-New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy, Fall 2007 to present
  • Fostering Connection Institutional Review Board , 2006 to present
  • AAUP AdHoc Committee: Academic Governance (2007)
  • NYIT Institutional Review Board, Fall 2006 to present
  • Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council, 2005 to present
  • Research Colloquium-Coordination: Occupational and Physical Therapy Programs, NYIT-May,2006
  • Departmental Committees-Department of Occupational Therapy NYIT-2005 to present
  • Colloquium Coordinator- Occupational Therapy, NYIT -December, 2005
  • Field Work Coordination-NYIT-2005 to present
  • University and Departmental Committees- Long Island University:2000-2004
  • Interdisciplinary Community-Based Health Education HRSA Grant #1 D37 HP 00838-01: Topic Expert-Dementia and Depression Modules developed and implemented in Fall 2002. Long Island University.
  • Interdisciplinary Advisory Board (IAB). Interdisciplinary Community-Based Health Education HRSA Grant-2001-2004
  • OT Network on Smoking and Wellness Grant-Pilot Study at Teen Aid High School.-2002

Community Service

  • Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health-Editorial Board and Reviewer-2002 to present.
  • Brooklyn Seminars in Modern Psychoanalysis-Planning Committee and Group Leader: Community education programs in mental health-1985 to 2005..
  • Gems: Girls Education and Mentoring Services- Volunteer group leader: Transition to Work- for high risk young women and girls. 2005
  • American Association of University Women-Director at Large and International Liason-2004 to 2006.

Clinical Practice

  • Private, School-Based and Contract Occupational Therapy Practice; Pediatric and Adolescent Practice. 1984 to 2005.
  • Psychoanalytic Private Practice. 1984-present.
  • Fifth Avenue Consultation Service of Bay Ridge - Community-Based Practice: Co-Director. 1984-1993.
  • Geriatric Practice Department Head, Occupational Therapy, Cabs Nursing Home. 1988-1997 (Independent Contractor).
  • Director, Occupational Therapy Program, Madonna Residence. 1982-1988 (Independent Contractor).

Agency Practice - United Cerebral Palsy:

  • Regional Director-1980-81
  • Program Director-1979-80
  • Program Coordinator-1977-80
  • Occupational Therapist-1976-77

Associations and Awards

  • Soroptomists International-2005 to 2007
  • American Occupational Therapy Association-2005 to present
  • American Association of University Women-2004-to 2007
  • Outstanding Contributions-Long Island University, Division of Occupational Therapy-2004
  • Emerging Leader Award- American Association of University Women- 2005
  • Program Award-Human Trafficking Workshop-American Association of University Women-New York State Convention, April, 2006
  • Doctoral Teaching Fellowship-New York University-1994-1998-Occupational Therapy Doctoral Study