Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor

Primary Professional Service/Affiliation:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association
  • Contributor to American Occupational Therapy Association's Evidence Based Practice Review Sensory Integration Intervention for Families, Sensory Integration Practice Guidelines, and Autism and Occupational Therapy for Families                                         

Professional Interests:

  • Pediatric occupational therapy with a specialty in autism and sensory integration.
  • Working with families and siblings of children with autism

Degrees and Certifications


    • Ph.D., Public Health, 2012, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    • MS, Occupational Therapy, 1996, Ohio State University
    • BS, Occupational Therapy, 1998, Boston University


    • Nationally Board Certified Occupational Therapist
    • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified
    • Ayres Sensory Integration & Fidelity Measure Certified

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Pediatrics in Occupational Therapy
    • Research I and II
    • Portfolio 
    • Capstone Advising

Research Interests & Grants

    Research Interests:

    • Autism
    • Coping and self efficacy of mothers of children with autism
    • Play in children with autism
    • Professional involvement and mentoring
    • Assessment of sensory processing in the schools and intervention to improve sensory environments for students


    • 2014-15: University Research and Creativity Grant – Predictors of play skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders 
    • 2012-13: University Research and Creativity Grant - Development of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment (C-SEA)   
    • 2010-2011: Academic Creative Teaching Grant for attendance at the Summer Teaching and Learning Institute at the Center for Occupational Therapy Education at Colorado State University

Publications and Presentations

Heather Kuhaneck

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Hours: Available 4 days a week upon request
  • Location:
    Occupational Therapy
    Healthcare Education N125
    College of Health Professions
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