Marianne H. Mortera, PhD, OTR/L
CO-CHAIR, CIRM Networking Group
Adjunct faculty, Occupational Therapy
New York University and Long Island University
Independent healthcare provider and consultant, Therapeutic Resources
Dr. Mortera received her MA and PhD in Occupational Therapy degrees from New York University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University and Long Island University. She is also an independent health care provider and consultant with Therapeutic Resources for the New York City Department of Education schools.
Dr. Mortera has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years with clinical expertise in brain injury rehabilitation. Her clinical work experience started in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Hospital and The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center. Her research has focused on the return to productivity in OEF/OIF Veterans with TBI and PTSD. She has also developed and initially tested the Mortera Cognitive Screening Measure and the Cognitive Screen for Grooming.
Currently, her research interests include a scoping review of the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions in TBI outcomes and a scoping review to examine the effectiveness of complementary medicine treatment approaches in rehabilitation. Dr. Mortera has written several book chapters and publications on brain injury rehabilitation, cognitive assessment, and occupational therapy treatment guidelines.
For over 30 years, Dr. Mortera has been an occupational therapy faculty member in entry-level and post-professional education programs where she has mentored student research projects and has developed and taught courses in neuroscience, kinesiology, neurorehabilitation, physical disabilities, cognitive rehabilitation, medical conditions, the development of clinical practice guidelines, theory, research methods, and applied scientific inquiry at New York University, Long Island University, Columbia University, Mercy College, A.T. Still University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Pacific University, and Nova Southeastern University. She is a continuing education provider and has presented extensively, nationally and internationally, on neuroscience underlying occupational therapy intervention and the development of cognitive assessments using the Structured Functional Cognitive Assessment method.