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About Suzanne M. White  Occupational Therapist

Advocacy, Innovation and Research in Mental Health

With Ginny Stoffel, President of AOTA 2015 AOTA and AOTF Roster of Fellows Awards For Advocacy, Innovation and Research in Mental Health

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Suzanne White Jeanette Bair Award
Suzanne White Jeanette Bair Award

Penny Moyers-Cleveland President of American Occupational Therapy Association presents Suzanne White with the Jeanette Bair Writer’s Award 2008 for outstanding and inspiring article “OT cognitive adaptation: an intervention in time management for persons with co-occurring conditions” in OT Practice magazine during the past year. OT Practice, 9-14. June 25, 2007

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Let's Get Organized
Let's Get Organized

Short Course: Occupational Therapy: Let’s Get Organized: Improving Time Management Skills in Consumers with Severe Mental Illness and/or Substance Related Disorders at the American Occupational Therapy Association 93rd Annual Conference & Expo. San Diego CA, April 25, 2013.

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With Ginny Stoffel, President of AOTA 2015 AOTA and AOTF Roster of Fellows Awards For Advocacy, Innovation and Research in Mental Health

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Teacher, Mentor, Innovator in Mental Health

Suzanne White has dedicated her entire professional career to serving clients with mental illness and developing new strategies for occupational therapy interventions within this population. She has been a tireless advocate for the rights of individuals with mental illness and for the role of occupational therapy in enhancing independence, productivity and quality of life for these individuals.

Suzanne White, MA, OTR/L is a retired Clinical Associate Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Occupational Therapy Program. Her areas of specialization include educating masters’ level students in behavioral health interventions based on occupational therapy principles. She has provided fieldwork students to HHC hospitals involved in efforts to integrate sensory modulation in the reduction of restraint and seclusion.

She has been in practice for over 30 years and is recognized for designing a national Wellness intervention: “OTs Walk with NAMI”. She has created a practice-based evidence intervention program for persons with co-occurring disorders in time management and organization: “Occupational Therapy: Let’s Get Organized”.

Professor White is presently available to provide consultation to aid institutions in building recovery initiatives. These broad based initiatives can lead to functionally based outcomes, in keeping with national recovery mandates. 


License to practice Occupational Therapy in New York State

Registered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists


Clinical Associate Professor

Over 35 years of education & clinical experience

  • Human behavior (Behavioral and Social Sciences)

  • Psychopathology

  • Group Dynamics

  • Functional Evaluation

  • Clinical Reasoning (Environmental Adaptation and Functional Outcomes)

  • Occupation (Task Analysis)

  • Sensory Integration

  • Co-occurring disorders program design and implementation


Fieldwork supervisor in psychiatric behavioral units and hospitals, substance abuse facilities, adult day care facilities, and homeless shelters


Program design in Recovery oriented principles using functional assessment such as the World Health Organization Disabilty and Activity Schedule (WHODAS 2.0), The Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST) Version 2.0, The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), Weekly Calander Planning Activity (WCPA), Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI), Adolescent and Adult Sensory Profile (AASP), and Allen Diagnostic Battery.

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