Simone V. Gill, PhD, OTR/L
- Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
- 635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-514A
- (617) 353-7513
- PhD in Psychology, New York University, 2009.
MA in Psychology, New York University, 2006.
MS in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 1999.
BS in Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997.
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SAROT501: Integrative Seminar II and LIFW
This course is the second in a four-seminar sequence designed to develop and enhance professional reasoning processes by integrating knowledge and skills from previous educational and work experiences and from concurrent OT courses with weekly fieldwork experiences. This seminar focuses on reasoning related to theories of learning and behavior change; the assessment, intervention, and documentation process; use of theory and research evidence in practice; therapeutic rapport and communication; and other professional topics and issues as they relate to working with persons and populations of all ages in a variety of OT practice contexts. Self-directed and collaborative learning, class participation, reflective writing for application and analysis of learning, case-based learning, and ongoing development of a professional portfolio are essential aspects of this seminar.
SAROT526: Functional Movement: Analysis and Assessment
This occupational therapy course examines changes in gross and fine movement skills across the life course, and the relation of these changes to occupational performance. In addition, students learn biomechanical, ecological systems, and dynamical systems' principles underlying human movement and their application to functional activities including seating, transfers, and mobility. Principles covered in lecture are applied through practical experiences and discussions during the application sessions.
SAROT570: Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
Advanced study in a selected area of occupational therapy theory or practice. Specific topic announced in the semester offered. Seminar and/or supervised laboratory study as appropriate to the particular topic.
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ScD Doctoral Courses
SARRS890: Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences
This seminar allows for a discussion of topics of interest to doctoral-level students in the ScD program in Rehabilitation Sciences, and is designed to provide insight in 1) curricular aspects of the ScD program, 2) mentor-mentee relationship, 3) skills necessary for ScD graduates entering the field of rehabilitation sciences with a research doctorate, and 4) interdisciplinary nature of the field of rehabilitation. This course enhances the student's ability to successfully complete the ScD program by working on skills needed to write and critically review IRB proposals, research manuscripts and research grant proposals, to outline ethical dilemmas in research, to formulate and disseminate a line of inquiry, and to distinguish various career paths. Literature addressing these issues will be used throughout to illustrate the arguments.
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests
Dr. Simone Gill’s interests are in the areas of adaptation and development. She is particularly interested in understanding how types of practice and motor experience affect infants’, children’s, and adults’ ability to adapt to change. Her focus is on capturing the trajectory of change over multiple, nested time scales: across sessions, within sessions, within trials, and in the transition from trial to trial. In her current work, she has used walking to examine how infants and adults modify their gait to cope with changes in the environment and with changes in their body dimensions. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
- Gill, S. V. & Shutrump, S. E. (2013) Call to action for emerging niche practice areas: OT’s role in addressing childhood obesity and supporting mobility and transport to School. Presentation for the AOTA Specialty Conference on Advancing School-Based Practice. Minneapolis, MN.
Vroman, K., Gill, S. V., Pizzi, M., Schriber-Orloff, S. N., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Kuo, F. & Lau, C. (2013, April). Occupational therapy child and family centered interventions for obesity and health in multiple clinical settings. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Conference. San Diego, California.
Gill, S. V. (2013) Birth history and birth weight: Use of clinical retrospective data. Presentation for the Spiral Foundation Symposium, Newton, MA.
- Gill, S. V. & Hung, Y. (October, 2012). Body Coordination in Children: How Development and Weight Classification Affect Adaptation. Presented at the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine. Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Gill, S. V. & Forhan, M. (April, 2012). Cross Border Contributions to Obesity Research and Interventions: A North American Review of Occupational Therapy. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association. Indianapolis, IN.
- Schefkind, S., Pizzi, M. A., Gill, S. V., Orloff, S., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Bazyk, S., Lau, C. & Vroman, K. (April, 2012). Occupational Therapy Role in Obesity Prevention: A National Priority. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association. Indianapolis, IN.
- Keimeg, S., DeSilva, J. M., & Gill, S. V. (October, 2011). A New Method of Measuring Arch Height in Humans. Presented at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Symposium. Boston, MA.
- Schweiger E. G. & Gill, S. V. (October, 2011). Effects of Structured and Unstructured Practice on Motor Outcomes. Presented at the American Congress in Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society for Neurorehabilitation Conference. Atlanta, GA.
- Gill, S. V. (October, 2011). Impact of Overweight on Safety: Timing Steps to Adapt to External Constraints. Presented at the Obesity Society. Orlando, FL.
- Gill, S. V. & Narain, A. (October, 2011). Use of a Video Coding System to Identify the Effects of Body Mass Index on Safety. Presented at the Obesity Society. Orlando, FL.
- Johnson, K. L. & Gill, S. V. (May, 2011). The Role of Gender-Typed Body Motion in Perceptions of Others’ Intent to Communicate Sexual Orientation. Presentation for the International Communication Association. Boston, MA.
- Forhan, M. & Gill, S. V. (2011, April). Cross border contributions to obesity research and interventions: A North American review of occupational therapy. Presented at the Canadian Obesity Summit. Montreal, Canada.
- Gill, S. V. & Hauff, S. E. (2010, October). The effects of overweight BMI on adaptive motor patterns. Presented at the Obesity Society. San Diego, CA.
- Gill, S. V. & Johnson, K. L. (2010, May). Personal Characteristics and Adaptation: How Social Constraints Elicit Adaptive Motor Responses. Presentation for the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.
- Vereijken, B., Adolph, K. E., & Gill, S. V. (2009, June). The Development of Adaptation: How Infants and Adults Modify Their Walking Steps. Presented at the International Society for Posture & Gait Research Conference. Bologna, Italy.
- Gill, S. V. (2007, March) Flexibility in the Development of Walking. Invited colloquium for the Perception-Action Workshop. University of Connecticut.
- Gill, S. V. & Adolph, K. E. (2006, October). Emergence of Flexibility: How Infants Learn a Braking Strategy. Poster presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.
- Gill, S. V. & Adolph, K. E. (2005, April). Flexibility in Infant Skill Acquisition: How Infants Learn a Stepping Strategy. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development.
- Yanez, B. R., Domakonda, K. V., Gill, S. V., Adolph, K. E., & Vereijken, B. (2004, May). Automaticity and Plasticity in Infant and Adult Walking. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
- Gill, S. V., Charles, J., & Gordon, A. M. (2003, August). Use of Accelerometers to Measure Upper Extremity Movement in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Poster presented at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
- Gill, S. V. (2003, April) Development of Fine Motor Skills. Lecture at Dominican College.
- Gill, S. V. (2002, April) Quantitative Measures of Upper Extremity Use in Children
With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Lecture at Dominican College.
- Gill, S. V. (2001, May) Fine Motor Development in Children: Anatomy & Intervention. Lecture to the NY State Occupational Therapy Association.
- Okoye, R., Okoye, R. O., Gill, S. V., Mattheson, G., Rutledge, P., Torre, S. (2001, May). Use of Sensory Tools for Teaching: at Home and at School: Motor Skills and Learning. Community Forum for Teachers and Parents of Children at Risk for Learning Disabilities. Dove Rehabilitation Services.
- Gill, S. V. (2000, January). Feeding and Oral-Motor Dysfunction: Indication for Treatment and Techniques for Intervention. Kramer Learning Center.
- Gill, S. V. (November, 1999). The Role of Occupational Therapy in Feeding and Oral-Motor Dysfunction. Poster presented to the Conference on Occupational Therapy in Motion, Vienna, Austria.
- Adolph, K. E., Gill, S. V., Lucero, A. A, Mathur, P., & Murray, A. (1997, April). Specificity and Transfer in Infant Locomotion: Learning to Detect Balance Requirements. Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, D. C.
- Gill, S. V., Lucero, A. Fadl, Y. (1996, April). Mechanisms of Motor Learning: How Infants Learn to Modify Their Gait. Poster presented to the student chapter of Sigma Xi, Carnegie Mellon University.
- Vereijken, B., Adolph, K. E., Denny, M. A., Fadl, Y., Gill, S. V. & Lucero, A. A. (1995, July). Development of Infant Crawling: Balance Constraints on Interlimb Coordination. Poster Presented at the International Society for Event Perception and Action, Marseilles, France.
- Adolph, K. E., Vereijken, B., Denny, M. A., Fadl, Y., Gill, S. V., & Lucero, A. A. (1995, June). Changing Balance Requirements Constrain Variability in Infant Crawling. Poster presented to the American Psychological Society. NY, NY.
- DeSilva, J. M. & Gill, S. V. (in press). A midtarsal break in the human foot. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
- Forhan, M. & Gill, S. V. (in press). Cross border contributions to obesity research and interventions: A North American Review of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care. Special issue on obesity.
- Forhan, M. & Gill, S. V. (in press). Obesity, functional mobility, and quality of life. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Special issue on complications of obesity.
- Hung, Y., Meredith, G. S.*, & Gill, S. V. (in press). Influence of task constraints during walking for children. Gait and Posture.
- Hung, Y., Gill, S. V., & Meredith, G. S.* (2013). Influence of dual task constraints on whole body organization during walking in overweight and obese children. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92, 461-471.
- Lick, D. J., Johnson, K. L., & Gill, S. V. (in press). Communication Goals and Social Categories Impact Sensitivity to Body Motion Cues. Social Cognition.
- Gill, S. V., May-Benson, T., Teasdale, A., & Schweiger, E.* (2013). Birth and developmental correlates of birth weight in a sample of children with potential sensory processing disorder. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 13-29.
- Gill, S. V. & Walsh, M. K. (2012). Use of Motor Learning Principles to Improve Motor Adaptation in Adult Obesity. Health, 4, 1428-1433.
- Gill, S. V. & Hung, L. (2012). Influence of weight classification on children stepping over obstacles.American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 625-630.
- Gill, S. V. & Narain, A.* (2012) Quantifying the effects of body mass index on safety: Reliability of a video coding procedure and utility of a rhythmic walking task. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93, 728-730.
- Gill, S. V. (2011). Optimizing motor adaptation in childhood obesity. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58, 386-389.
- Gill, S. V., Adolph, K. E., & Vereijken, B. (2009). Change in action: How infants learn to walk down slopes. Developmental Science, 12, 888-902.
- Gordon, A. M., Chinnan, A., Gill, S. V., Petra, E., Hung, Y., & Charles, J. (2008). Both constraint-induced movement therapy and bimanual training lead to improved performance of upper extremity function in children with hemiplegia. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 50, 957-958.
- Johnson, K. L., Gill, S. V., Reichman, V., & Tassinary, L. G. (2007). Swagger, sway, and sexuality: Judging sexual orientation from body motion and morphology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 321-334.
*Denotes student authors.
Recent Grant Activity
- Scholar (PI Michael Mueller from Washington University Physical Therapy Department), Genetic influences on the development of walking skill in toddlers, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development K12 Grant (K12HD055931), 2013-2018.
- Principal Investigator, Genetic influences on walking skill in early childhood, Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund, 2013.
- Co-Principal Investigator (with Jeremy DeSilva from Boston University Anthropology Department), The midtarsal break and locomotor diversity in early hominins, Leakey Foundation
- Principal Investigator, The Effects of Body Mass Index on Adaptive Motor Patterns, Mary Erskine Faculty Grant, 2010.
- Doctoral Student, Flexibility of Learning in Infant Skill Acquisition, NIH Diversity Supplement, 2006-2008.
Awards and Honors
- 2008 Dynamic Field Theory Summer School
- 2007 Nonlinear Dynamics Summer School
- 2006 Student Travel Grant for International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
- 2005 New York University Student Travel Grant
- 2003-2005 New York University MacCraken Fellowship
- 2002-2003 Teachers College Columbia Univ. Graduate Scholarship
- 1997-1999 Tufts University Graduate School Scholarship
- 1997-1999 Occupational Therapy Scholarship
- 1997, 96, 95 Undergraduate Travel Award
- 1995 Student Undergraduate Research Grant
- 1993-1997 S. T. Sable Kresser Scholarship