Kristen Marie Pataki, OTD, OTR/L, ATRIC
 Title: Clinical Associate Professor
 Dept: Occupational Therapy
 Office: HS 122
 Phone: 216-687-3823
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 122, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
aquatic therapy, adapted aquatic program, pediatrics, adapted leisure, play-based intervention, development, addressing mental health needs of children and youth in schools, thematic play and children with hearing impairment, storybook reading, engagement
OTD, Occupational Therapy, The University of Toledo, 2010
B.A., Psychology, Ohio University, 2007
Brief Bio:
Kristen W. Pataki, OTD, OTR/L is a clinical associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program and has been teaching since August 2014. She teaches most of the pediatric-based courses in the OTD Program. She has been an occupational therapist for 12 years, practicing in pediatric outpatient, community-based, and school-based settings. She is especially interested in children with sensory processing difficulties, developmental delay, and autism; play-based therapy; aquatic therapy and the use of the water with children; adapted leisure programs; child development; school-based therapy; transition services and independent living; and mental health in  children and adolescents.
In addition to these teaching and research interests, she has a passion for occupational therapy and for teaching our future occupational therapists.
Honors and Awards:
2023 University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, CSU
2021 Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor with Tenure, CSU
2020 University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, CSU
2019 Graduate Faculty Status Renewed, CSU
2018 Advocate and Champion for the Down Syndrome Community, Cleveland Down Syndrome Day
2014 Graduate Faculty Status Level 3, appointed December 2014, CSU
2010 Outstanding Professional Development Award, University of Toledo
Research Interests:
Pediatric aquatic therapy, sensory processing, autism, play-based therapy, occupation-based therapy, adapted leisure programs for children, child development, promoting positive mental health in children and adolescents children with hearing impairment, school-based therapy, and transition services.
Teaching Areas:
OTH 710 - Occupational Development
OTH 750 - Service Learning in Occupational Therapy - HOPE Groups
OTH 735 - Occupation and Participation: Children and Youth
OTH 729 - Sensory Functions and Process Skills: Evaluation and Intervention
OTH 752 - Practicum II: SwimSations
HSC 570/OTH 791 - Special Topics: Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Ohio Steps to Independence Retreat
HSC 514 - Occupational & Physical Therapy in the Schools
HSC 552 - Occupational Therapy Mental Health Promotion Children and Youth
Professional Affiliations:
Member Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute
Member American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Member Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA)
Member Northeast Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (NEOOTA)
Professional Experience:
2012 - 2022 Pediatric OT (part-time); Galvin Therapy Center; Warrensville Hts, OH
2013 - 2014 School OT (part-time); Brunswick City School District, Brunswick, OH
Applewood Elementary, Towslee Elementary & Huntington Elementary
2013 - 2014 School OT (part-time); PRN Therapy Services; North Royalton, OH
North Royalton High School & Royal View Elementary
2011 - 2013 School OT (part-time); PSI; Cleveland OH
Hope Academy West, Arts & Sciences Preparatory Academy, Broadway Academy
St. Adalbert School
2011 - 2012 Pediatric OT (full-time); Galvin Therapy Center; Warrensville Hts, OH
University Service:
2018: OT Representative, Team Stepps Workshop
2017 - 2018: Member, School Health Community of Practice (CoP)
2015 - 2016: Mentor, Levin College of Urban Affairs Mentoring Program

2023: Member, College of Health DEI Workgroup
2022 - 2023: Chair, College of Health Nominating Committee
2021 - 2022: Member, Equity Gap Task Force: Inclusive Teaching
2017 - 2019: Member, COSHP Nominating Committee

2020 - Present: Coordinator, OT & PT in the School Certificate
2020 - 2023: Member, Mentoring Launch Team for New Faculty
2021 - 2022: Chair, Faculty Development Committee
2019 - 20, 21-22: Member, Faculty Development Committee, facilitator of peer reviews
2019 - 2020: Member, Search Committee for Assistant Clinical Professor/AFWC, MOT Program
2019 - 2020: Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor, MOT Program
2018 - 2019: Member, Search Committee for Clinical Assistant Professor in SPH Program
2018 - 2021: Member, School of Health Sciences Pipeline Program Subcommittee
2017 - 2020: Capstone Reader, MSHS Program, 3 students
2017: Consult, DPT Theory & Practice V, fabricated orthoses for post-stroke pts
2017 - Present: Guest Lecturer, CSU DPT Program, Fine Motor Development
2015 - 2019: Guest Lecturer, CSU SPH Program, Seminar on Sensory Integration.
2015 - 2017: Member, SHS Strategic Plan: Leadership and Faculty Development Subcommittee

2022 - 2023: Member, Curriculum Committee
2022 - 2023: Member, Peer Review Committee
2021 - 2023: Peer evaluator of teaching
2019 - Present: Member, Graduate Assistant Application Committee
2018 - 2023: Member, OT Advisory Committee
2017 - Present: Supervisor, MOT/OTD Open Labs
2017 - Present: Facilitator, MOT/OTD Advising Groups
2017 - 2020: Member and Developer, MOT Remediation Process
2016 - 2020: Member, OTD Proposal Committee
2016 - 2021: Member, MOT/OTD Technology Committee
2015 - 2017: Member, MOT Accreditation Committee
2019 - 2022: Member, OTD Accreditation Committee
2014 - Present: Member, MOT/OTD Curriculum Review Committee
2014 - Present: Member, MOT/OTD Program Committee
Professional Service:
2018: OOTA North Coast Conference Committee, Cleveland District/Northeast OOTA
Community Service:
2021: Presenter, Self-Regulation Skills and Emotional Control, St. Columbkille School
2021 - 2022: Member, St. Columbkille School Mental Health Committee
2019 - Present: Facilitator and Program Developer, SwimSations Adaptive Aquatics Program, Seven Hills Recreation Center
2019: Organizer, Adaptive Lacrosse Presentation, CSU
2017 - Present: Co-Facilitator, Up Side of Downs Steps to Independence Adult Retreat Weekend, Cleveland State University Campus