Mariann has developed a special interest in ergonomics. She has presented many lectures and workshops to companies, industries, other professions, and the general public. She has presented both national and international. She has articles published in peer review journals and in specialized hand therapy books.
Ms. Petrocelli has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College in 2003. In 2012, she was awarded a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Petrocelli has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings and populations including mental health, eating disorders, adult rehabilitation, and pediatrics. While working at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Ms. Petrocelli was instrumental with the founding of the Falls and Balance clinic to address the needs of psychiatric patients who were also medically involved. She created and implemented a streamlined monthly documentation form for the entire Rehabilitation Department and updated and put the OT student manual in an electronic format. She was also involved with the initial implementation of the TIPS community re-entry program which continues to be a premier program at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. While working at Somerset Medical Center, Ms. Petrocelli was responsible for creating an occupation-based assessment for use with both acute psychiatric and eating disorder patient population.
Prior to her role as academic fieldwork coordinator, Ms. Petrocelli was employed by the Paterson School District where she was responsible for the coordination of district-wide occupational therapy services as well the creation of district-wide therapy policies and procedures. Ms. Petrocelli has work as an Adjunct for the Kean University Occupational Therapy Department since 2006 where she has taught a variety of courses including Group Development, Clinical Conditions, and Service Learning. She holds an advanced certificate in the LeDuc method of lymphedema management and has a special interest in mental health issues and sensory integration. Ms. Petrocelli is a member of WFOT and AOTA.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Kean College, she continued her studies at New York University where she earned both her master's and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy in 1996 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Knis' s dissertation topic focused on the experiences of substance dependent parents in a yearlong drug treatment program.
Dr. Gardner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Kean University. An alumnus of Kean’s Master of Science in OT program, she has been practicing as a licensed occupational therapist for 11 years. Dr. Gardner earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at The College of New Jersey (2002) and her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy (2005) and her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Chatham University (2012).
Prior to joining the faculty full time, Dr. Gardner served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Kean from 2007-2010. Her clinical expertise is in the area of serving individuals with mental illness. She worked on an in-patient psychiatric unit in a hospital setting where she evaluated and developed intervention programs to address the needs of children and adolescents. Intervention strategies included helping this population develop age appropriate coping and developmental skills via engagement in purposeful activity and occupations. Additionally, Dr. Gardner has worked with adults with chronic and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders in inpatient and partial care settings. In both clinical practice and research, she has explored the use of sensory modulation during occupation-based activities as an evaluative and intervention approach with individuals with mental illness.
Dr. Gardner teaches the following undergraduate and graduate courses: Conditions Across the Lifespan I, Group Development Across the Lifespan, Occupations Across the Lifespan, and Community Partnerships & Service. Dr. Gardner also currently oversees the New Jersey chapter of PARFORE at Kean University. PARFORE NJ (Perseverance, Accountability, Resiliency, Fellowship, Opportunity, Respect, Empowerment) is collaborating with the community of Newark to help teach youth life skills through the game of golf, community activities, and mentorship. She supervises Level II fieldwork students who are assigned to PARFORE's summer camp. Through state and national presentations, Dr. Gardner is an active member of New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association (NJOTA) and American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Dr. Mulry has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 19 years. Dr. Mulry received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1988 and her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Kean College in 1997. She received her Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Association of Home Builders in 2009 and her Post Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2010. In December 2012, she earned her Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Thomas Jefferson University's School of Health Professions.
Dr. Mulry’s areas of expertise are adult rehabilitation, aging in place, environmental modifications and acquired brain injury. She has experience in acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute and geriatric home care. Dr. Mulry, co-founded Independent Domain, LLC in 2003. Independent Domain, LLC provides OT services, home and environmental modification consultations and advocacy services for individuals to age in place.
Dr. Mulry’s passion is to promote meaningful participation and engagement of individuals in their chosen occupations. In an effort to support this aim Dr. Mulry’s research interests include aging and participation, acquired brain injury, interprofesssional care and program development. Dr. Mulry received the Students Partnering with Faculty Grant (SpF) and Foundation Faculty Research Award from Kean University in 2015. Under these grants Dr. Mulry and a team of student researches implemented her Let’s Go Program to promote community mobility for older adults in seven urban residences. Her students and program were invited to the Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting in 2015. Dr. Mulry has received the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association’s Presidents Award (2014), Award of Merit (2014) and Service Award (2014, 2012, 2010).
Dr. Mulry served as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University from 2004-2010 and taught Clinical Conditions II, Adult Physical Rehabilitation Seminar, Administration and Supervision, OT Theory Lab and Introduction to Occupational Therapy. Dr. Mulry became an Assistant Professor in January 2010 and currently teaches Seminar in Adult Rehabilitation Practice, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I & II and is a research advisor.
Dr. Mulry’s recent publications include:
- Hreha, K., Mulry,C. M., Gross, M., Jedziniak, T., Lutsky, N., Ohevshalom, L., Sheridan, A., Szabo, G., Davison, C., & Barrett, A. M. Assessing Chronic Stroke Survivors with Aphasia Sheds Light on Prevalence of Spatial Neglect. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.
- Mulry, C. M. (2016). Promoting productive aging using an innovative community mobility program. OT Practice, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 1, 18-19.
- Mulry, C. M. & Piersol, C.V. (2014). The Let’s Go program for community participation: A feasibility study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 32, 241-254.
- Mulry, C.M. (2012). Transitions to assisted living: A pilot study of residents’ occupational perspectives. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 30, 327-342. DOI: 10.3109/02703181.2012.741190
- Mulry, C.M. (2012). Reaching beyond clinic walls: Motor vehicle accident prevention. OT Practice, 17, (21) 7-8.
- Gardner, J., Mulry, C., Chalik, S. (2012). College?: Adolescents with Autism and Learning Disorders Participate in An On-Campus Service-Learning Program. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 64, 257-269. DOI:1-.3109/07380577.2012.720052
Department of Biological Sciences
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Kean University
Professor Camacho has been an occupational therapist since 1995 and an adjunct professor at Kean University since 2006. His work experience has included both inpatient and outpatient settings, covering a variety of diagnoses, primarily neurologic and orthopedic. Professor Camacho specializes in assessment and treatment of lower and upper extremity amputees, as well as remedial and compensatory treatment during prosthetic training. Professor Camacho currently works at Kessler Institute in Saddlebrook, NJ as a senior therapist. In Kessler, he also works closely with the nursing staff for wheelchair consults, and positioning and transfer inservices. His degree in acupuncture gives him a strong background in pain management which he incorporates into his occupational therapy practice.
Professor Blodgett graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Elementary Education and a concentration in Special Education and later earned her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in Boston in 2001. Previously she was employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, NH, as an Occupational Therapist in the Physical Medicine and Rehab department. Stephanie has been employed with Rehabilitation Specialists in Fair Lawn, NJ, since 2003 and is responsible for evaluation and treatment of adult survivors of brain injury, helping them to achieve maximum independence with ADL, IADL, cognitive functioning, and community re-entry skills. Additionally, Stephanie directs special projects at the day program and supervises the day-to-day operation within the clinical environment. She collaborated with Dr. Loretto Brickfield at Rehabilitation Specialists in instituting several workplace Health & Wellness initiatives aimed at promoting regular exercise, “The Appalachian Trail Pedometer Challenge,” a virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail, during the summer of 2009, and “The Hawaiian Challenge: Hike to Hana,” during the summer of 2010. Her employer is currently one of about a dozen post-acute provider groups in NJ and PA participating in PARF’s (Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) Outcomes Benchmarking Project, utilizing the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory in evaluating program efficacy for persons served and understanding the long-term outcomes of acquired brain injury.
Stephanie coordinates the Occupational Therapy student intern program at Rehab Specialists and has served as Fieldwork Educator to numerous Level I and II students throughout her career, supervising student interns from Dominican College, Kean University, NYU, Quinnipiac University, Seton Hall University, Touro College, Tufts University, and University of Scranton. Stephanie is a member of AOTA, NJOTA, BIANJ (Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey), and SCR (Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation). She was one of two recipients of the Rehabilitation Specialists Excellence Award in 2005 and earned ACBIS certification as a Brain Injury Specialist, Level I, in 2006. Additionally, Stephanie was nominated twice by student supervisees for Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council of New York and New Jersey’s “Fieldwork Educator of the Year,” first in 2008 and again in 2009; she subsequently received the award in December 2009. In the spring of 2009 Stephanie was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to serve for three years as a regional instructor for AOTA’s newly established Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program promoting fieldwork excellence. Stephanie joined the OT Department at Kean University in the fall of 2011 as an Adjunct Faculty member and teaches the Introduction to OT prerequisite course.
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Chatham University
B.S. in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Professor Silviotti is a senior occupational therapist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Chester, NJ. She received her B.S. in Occupation and Health and her M.S. in Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College. She worked for three years at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, before moving to New Jersey and joining Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 2011. She has presented at multiple conferences including the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey state conferences as well as the NJOTA spring meeting with topics ranging from pain management, burn rehabilitation, fieldwork education, and spatial neglect research for evidence-based practice. She has guest lectured at Kean University regarding amputee recovery since 2013.
Professor Unger earned a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, with a minor in psychology, from Elizabethtown College in 2006. She worked at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ through her final fieldwork placement and upon graduating until joining Rehabilitation Specialist in October 2013. Kessler provided Professor Unger with experience in a variety of diagnoses including spinal cord injury, joint replacements, amputees, and ultimately found her specialty in the area of traumatic and acquired brain injuries. She has presented nationally at the 2012 Brain Injury Summit, and has been published in Brain Tumour Magazine as a co-author.
Working closely by Professor Unger’s side is her facility dog, Rex. Rex, a graduate of Canine Companions for Independence, is a service trained assistance animal whose role is to assist clients in meeting their goals via Professor Unger’s facilitation. Rex is a friendly, black Labrador Retriever, who looks forward to working with clients every day, be it engaging in a game of fetch to work on motor planning, or just keeping someone company for emotional support.
Kevin Nelson, OTR, SIPT
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Kean University
Professor Nelson is a certified, licensed occupational therapist within New Jersey. He graduated with honors from Kean University with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 2002. Professor Nelson is currently working on his Capstone Project and is scheduled to graduate from The College of Saint Elizabeth in May 2016 with a MS in Healthcare Management.
During his time as a clinician, Professor Nelson has specialized in pediatrics, providing school-based, clinic-based, and early intervention services for children between the ages of 3 months to 21 years old. In addition to his vast array of experience in pediatrics, he also provided medically based acute care OT for two local hospitals on a contract basis.
In addition to his work as a clinician, Professor Nelson has discovered a passion for education and training. He has been teaching as an adjunct professor since 2005 and has presented to parents, families, educators, directors, and administrators of school districts and private schools, and the New Jersey Association (NJEA).