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Doris R. Obler

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

PhD, Health Science, Trident University, 2011MSW, Adelphi University, 1991BS, Occupational Therapy, SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, 1985


Mental Health and Community Health and Wellness


Avi-Itzhak, T., Obler, D.R., Abdallah, T.M., Engel-Yeger, B., Josman, N (2014). Testing the cross-cultural clinical utility of the VMI for Palestinian, Israeli, and American typically developing kindergarten children. Journal of Child Adolescent Behavior 2:136. doi: 10.4172/jcalb.1000136

Obler, D. R., Avi-Itzhak, T. (2011). Concurrent validity of the wide range assessment of visual motor abilities in typicaly developing children ages 4 to 11 years. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 113, 2, 377-385.

Avi-Itzhak, T. & Obler, D. R. (2008). Clinical value of the VMI supplemental tests: A modified replication study. Optometry and Vision Science, 85(10).

Chiariello, B., Obler, D. R., & Avi-Itzhak, T. (2005). The classroom to clinic gap: Evidence of supervisors’ and students level II clinical competence evaluations and relationship to didactic competence. The Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2005.

Obler, D. R., Triolo, J., & Avi-Itzhak, T. (2002). Using the clubhouse model with the ticket to work program. OT Practice, 7, 17-21.

DiMasso, J., Avi-Itzhak, T., & Obler, D. R. (2001). The clubhouse model: an outcome study on attendance, work attainment and status, and hospitalization recidivism. Work, 17 , 23-30.

Lectures and Presentations

Paper Presentations:

Obler, D. R. (WFOT, May 2018, Cape Town, SA). An examination of the psychometric properties of the      Beery VMI 6 ed and the BOT2 in children ages 5-12.

Obler, D. R. (AOTA Conference, April 2018, Salt Lake City Utah). Student perceptions of Atypical   Fieldwork Experience

Obler, D. R., Avi-Itzhak, T. (AOTA Conference, March 2017, Philadelphia, PA). Concurrent Validity of the Beery VMI and the BOT-2 in the Assessment of Children 5 to 12 Referred for OT

Avi-Itzhak, T., Obler, D.R., Engle-Yeger, B.; Taisar, A.M., Josman, N. (AOTA, 2014, Paper, Baltimore, Maryland). Cross-Cultural validation of the fine motor Bruininks-Oseretsky subscales among Israeli, Palestinian and American Kindergartens.

Avi-Itzhak, T., Obler, D. R., Engel-Yeger, B., Taisar A.M., Josman, N. (accepted for WFOT, 2014, Japan, Poster). Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills in Typically Developing       Palestinian, Israeli and American Kindergarten Children: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the BOT

Obler, D. R., White, S., Greenfield, E. R., Ortega, R., Brusylivska, V., Krimer, Y. & Kolodiy, K. (AOTA Conference, April 2012, Poster). Increasing the need for Occupational Therapy on an adult psychiatric unit, using the sensory processing model. Data collected is from the 2012 Bellevue Hospital student initiative, chaired by D. Obler.


American Occupational Therapy Association

World Federation of Occupational Therapy

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/Bellevue Hospital

Brooklyn Community Services/ BCS Pros/East New York Club House
Pi Theta Episilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society  (LIU Chapter Gamma Eta) Faculty Advisor

​Alpha Eta - School of Health Professions Honor Society - Faculty Advisor