Young Susan Cho is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. Her current research, which is funded by the Evelyn Bullock Fund, focuses on training adults with acquired brain injury on how to improve navigation skills and seek help when lost in the community. She completed her doctoral dissertation on this topic at the Rusk Institute and the pilot investigation has been published in the journal Brain Impairment. Her publications have appeared in several journals and she has made presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in Communication Disorders & Sciences from the University of Oregon. She is certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Tami Altschuler is a Clinical Specialist in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center. As part of the Rusk Rehabilitation team, her focus is on patient-provider communication. Her work was recognized in February 2016 in the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She also has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Tami has authored a grant proposal and was awarded funding to establish an inpatient augmentative and alternative communication program in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University – CW Post. In this interview, Tami discusses augmentative and alternative communication with patients, why such a unit was established in the pediatric intensive care unit, the kinds of patients who benefit from this form of intervention, factors that can impede communication between clinicians and patients, and the importance of the environment in which communication occurs.
Dr. Siobhan O’Donnell is the Physical Therapy Assistant Unit Supervisor for Pediatrics at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center and Dr. Daniella Klein is a Senior Physical Therapist in the pediatric acute care setting. Dr. O’Donnell currently is working with the pediatric rehabilitation team at Tisch on the Early Mobilization Project in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her prior experience includes being a physical therapist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC with specialties including care of burn and trauma patients and also working at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, NY. She has spoken nationally at the American Burn Association annual conference regarding burn survivor support in the pediatric population, and also in the United Arab Emirates. She obtained her ABPTS Board Certification in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2016. A graduate of Columbia University, her doctorate in physical therapy is from Northwestern University.
Dr. Klein has been working at NYU Langone Medical Center for the past seven-and-one-half years. She has spent her career working in all areas of the acute care setting with both adult and pediatric patients with her primary focus in pediatric intensive care. She has worked on multiple performance improvement projects and most recently has been involved in the early mobilization initiative in the pediatric ICU. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and has her certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
In this interview, Dr. Klein and O'Donnell discuss early mobilization in pediatric intensive care, services provided by physical therapists in that setting, reasons why some patients might be excluded from receiving this kind of intervention, the importance of working with parents of children in the ICU, and how children and adults compare in that setting.
Dr. Lauren Simon is a Senior Physical Therapist at Rusk Rehabilitation in Pediatric Acute Care. She has worked at NYU Langone Medical Center for three-and-one-half years. Most of her experience as a physical therapist has been in intensive care units ranging from adult surgical to pediatric cardiothoracic. She currently works as the primary physical therapist in the neonatal intensive care unit as part of a developmental care team consisting of medical and rehabilitation professionals who work together with families and caregivers to promote development of the infants on the unit. Recently she received ABPTS Board Certification in Neurological Rehabilitation. An honors graduate, she has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. In this interview, she discusses the nature of physical therapy interventions in the neonatal intensive care unit, neurobehavioral cues by infants that aid in determining the nature of treatment, working with parents of infants, and potential research questions to be addressed as a means of advancing the knowledge base.