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.
Teacher, Mentor, Innovator in Mental Health
Suzanne M. White
Clean Sweep poster with Zenny Chen, Gabriel Nuamah, & Kate Sperry at the American Occupational Therapy Association 94th Annual Conference & Expo. Baltimore, MD April 5, 2014
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.
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
Advocacy, Innovation and Research in Mental Health
About Suzanne M. White Occupational Therapist
Suzanne White, MA, OTR/L is a 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.
The Texture of Life: Occupations and Related Activities, 4th Edition
Chapter 10: GROUP ACTIVITIES AND OCCUPATIONS
Co-authored by Jeff Tomlinson, MSW, OT, FAOTA And Suzanne White MS, OTR, FAOTA
Edited by Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, BCP, FAOTA, and Marie-Louise Blount, AM, OT, FAOT,
AOTA Press, 2014.
This new edition presents a theoretical foundation for the idea of occupation, framed within historical and current practice and developed from within the occupational therapy profession. Using language from the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, updated chapters detail aspects of occupation such as activity analysis, activity synthesis, and clinical reasoning and explore how to apply activity across various settings.
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
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.
Human behavior (Behavioral and Social Sciences)
Clinical Reasoning (Environmental Adaptation and Functional Outcomes)
Occupation (Task Analysis)
Co-occurring disorders program design and implementation