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

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

Associate Professor , Occupational Therapy

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 and 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

Awards and Fellowships

    • AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence, April 1st, 2017
    • Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association April 9, 2016 for Co-Authoring Successful Participation at School: Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2014
    • Alice S. Bachmann Clinician Award, February 24, 2012
    • Award of Service -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 12, 2011
    • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2010
    • Certificate of Appreciation -Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, 2010
    • Award of Merit, Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, March 2009
    • Recognition of Achievement Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, April 2008

Publications and Presentations

Heather Kuhaneck

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

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