Occupational therapist Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD, assistant dean of curriculum and faculty development at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has been chosen for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Roster of Fellows for 2019. The AOTA Roster of Fellows recognizes occupational therapists who, through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and guidance, have made a significant contribution to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services and/or members of the association. Dr. Nonaillada is 1 of 17 individuals to receive this honor for 2019. She is being recognized for her clinical excellence and visionary leadership in gerontology, which is the study of aging including physical, mental, social, and societal implications. She will be honored at an award ceremony in April 2019.
“This is the highest honor that an occupational therapist can receive,” said Dr. Nonaillada, who is just 1 of 35 occupational therapists nationally to hold board certification in gerontology from the American Occupational Therapy Association. “I am committed to giving back to the geriatric community and am honored to be recognized by the AOTA.”
Dr. Nonaillada holds an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University, as well as a PhD in social work from Fordham University. She began her clinical career as an occupational therapist in 2001, followed by positions at two area medical centers before joining NYU Winthrop in 2016. In her current role at NYU Winthrop, Dr. Nonaillada combines her passion for teaching effective clinical education with promoting scholarly advancement of healthcare providers in the hospital setting.
The author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, Dr. Nonaillada has been invited to speak to various clinical audiences on topics pertaining to occupational therapy, falls prevention, and the geriatric population. A member of several professional societies including the American Educational Research Association, Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association among others. Dr. Nonaillada is also an advocate for patient safety and quality measures. For the past two years, she has served as a judge for NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Performance Improvement Session and works with the hospital’s geriatrics service to both plan and teach educational offerings.
Dr. Nonaillada resides in New Hyde Park.