Professor and the Inaugural Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department
Maitra has extensive experience in both occupational therapy education and clinical work. Previously professor and chair of OT at Florida International University in Miami, he brings considerable research experience, as well.
An expert on cognition, neurological disorders, and geriatric and adult rehabilitation, Maitra has received research support from National Science Foundation, National Parkinson Foundation and others. He focuses his research on cognitive priming and mobility/functioning in community-dwelling older adults and practice-based occupational therapy interventions in neurological disorders. He has numerous publications to his credit and in 2011, received the Research Scholar Initiative Award from the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, AOTA.
Maitra is a recipient of the Roster of Fellow Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2015. He is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees.
He received Ph.D. in neuroscience/motor control from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India and holds a master’s in human physiology from Calcutta University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College in New York.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor
Carolyn has been a practicing occupational therapist for 30 years. Her teaching experience includes Boston University where she was a Clinical Assistant Professor and taught courses in the Entry-level Master’s Program in a variety of areas including Medical Pathology of Adults and Children, Functional Movement Analysis, Adult Physical Dysfunction and Activity Analysis. Professor Podolski was also an Instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Entry-level Master’s Program of Occupational Therapy where she taught courses including Gross Human Anatomy, Pharmacology in Rehab, Upper Extremity Dysfunction and Therapeutic Enhancement of Adults.
Professor Podolski many years of clinical experience in a variety of practice areas including in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing rehabilitation, home health services, public school systems and early intervention. She has presented on a number of topics at state and local conferences and has been published in Occupational Therapy literature.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Jade Gross received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Kansas and doctorate of occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Currently, she works at DeKalb Medical Hillandale in outpatient rehab as an occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist. Also, she volunteers as a board member for the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network.
Pey-Shan Wen’s research is focused on measurement development using Item Response Theory, and her research interests are functional cognition, psychosocial adjustment, community integration, traumatic brain injury, amputees, neurorehabilitation and Veterans. She has conducted interdisciplinary research with several health scientists in several Veterans Affairs centers to develop more efficient and accurate measures for Veterans. Currently, Dr, Wen works with Dr. Yang in the Kinesiology Department at GSU on a funded project to investigate the effect of vibration training on cognitive function in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Away from work, she enjoys gardening, yoga, outdoors, and rock climbing.
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