Carol Reinson, Ph.D., OTR/L
Leahy Hall 3007
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Reinson is a full-time faculty member. She received an A.A.S. in Human Services from Herkimer County Community College, a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University, a MS in Special Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her Ph.D. in Special Education, Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University.
Carol's occupational therapy career encompasses more than 25 years of combined clinical and educational experience in early childhood special education, school-based occupational therapy services, with a recent specialization in early intervention (EI). Her research interests include early childhood special education and the role of related services in inclusive settings, play-based assessment, and the study of developmentally vulnerable at risk infants and young children and their families. She is a co-author of the EI assessment instrument, Partners in Play: Assessing Infants and Toddlers in Natural Contexts and designed an accompanying On-Line Companion for Thomson Delmar Learning (2006).
Carol has primary responsibility for teaching pediatrics and research courses. She utilizes an integrated curriculum design model that supports faculty practice, mentoring of pre-professional students within an interdisciplinary framework, and student-centered community-based participatory research. In Spring, 2006 she instituted a new pediatric assessment course that works with “real” clients through the Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC). The LCHFC is an interdisciplinary center designed to provide free health, wellness, and educational services on a short-term basis to underserved children with special needs and their families. Carol maintains many diverse professional affiliations. Additionally, she is actively involved in faculty exchanges in several developing countries to promote social justice and cultural competency.