Simone V. Gill, PhD, OTR/L

Simone Gill, PhD, OTR/L

Title
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor, BU School of Medicine
Director, Motor Development Laboratory
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-501
Email
simvgill@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-7513
Education
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.
Website or Lab
Motor Development Lab
CV
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Gill investigates how individuals’ bodies and environmental demands influence walking and motor functioning across the lifespan. She uses a variety of methods to examine how children and adults modify their walking patterns to navigate through the environment. She is particularly interested in understanding how childhood and adult obesity affect the ability to adapt to change. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Obesity Society, the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology, and the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Gill directs the Motor Development Laboratory where she investigates how people’s bodies and environmental demands influence walking and motor functioning across the lifespan. Dr. Gill uses a variety of methods to examine how children and adults modify their walking patterns to navigate through the environment: three-dimensional motion capture, computerized video coding, wearable motion sensor technology, portable spatio-temporal gait systems, and digital pressure mats. Her long-term goals are to:

  • develop novel systems approaches to optimize health outcomes in early childhood
  • design innovative interventions that minimize fall risks associated with childhood and adult obesity
  • create new methods to detect fall risks linked with childhood and adult obesity

Health Matters Virtual Conference

Dr. Gill presents Get Moving: Why it’s Easier Said than Done.                                               Panel Presentation: “Child Development – Hosted by Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, this presentation was a part of an online, virtual conference, “Health Matters,” which took place on September 17, 2015.

Courses Taught

Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy courses (please note that BU is transitioning to the Entry-level OTD program)

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. (Credits: 2)

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. (Credits: 4)

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. (Credits: Var)

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences courses (PhD)

This seminar allows for a discussion of topics of interest to doctoral-level students in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences, and is designed to provide insight in 1) curricular aspects of the PhD program, 2) mentor-mentee relationship, 3) skills necessary for PhD 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 PhD 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. (Credits: Var)

Post-professional distance education OTD Courses

This is an on-line graduate course in the post-professional OTD program. Concurrent with each full semester (fall, spring, summer) in the OTD program, students register for one credit of the Doctoral Project. In the fourth semester of the program, students register for 3 credits of the Doctoral Project course. The Doctoral Project is organized around the student's proposed innovation in practice. It is in the form of a series of qualifying tasks, each of which represents a critical phase of the proposal. Guidance in the doctoral project will be through a combination of three elements: Faculty advising and mentorship, peer mentorship and a.Circle of Advisors composed of a minimum of two professionals with content expertise in the doctoral project. The project outcomes include: Description of a short-coming, gap or specific need in the student's area of practice; compilation of a theoretical and evidence base to support the proposed project; description of the proposed program; evaluation plan; funding plan; dissemination plan; executive summary and Fact Sheet. (1 credit each full semester until completed, 3 credits in the final semester - a minimum of 6 credits) (Credits: Var)

Publications

Journal Publications

*Denotes student authors.

  • Gill, S. V., Walsh, M. K., Pratt, J. A., Toosizadeh, N., Najafi, B., & Travison, T. G. (in press). Changes in spatio-temporal gait patterns during flat ground walking and obstacle crossing one year after bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Other Related Diseases.
  • Gill, S. V., Ogamba, M.*, & Lewis, C. L. (in press). Effects of Additional Anterior Body Mass on Spatio-Temporal Gait Parameters. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth.
  • Ogamba, M. I., Loverro, K. L.*, Laudicina, N. M., Gill, S. V. & Lewis, C. L. (in press). Changes in gait with anteriorly added mass: A pregnancy simulation study. Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
  • Heller Murray, E. S.*, Mendoza, J. O., Gill, S. V., Perkell, J. S., Stepp, C. E. (in press). Effects of biofeedback on control and generalization of nasalization in typical speakers. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
  • Gill, S. V., Keimig, S*, Kelty-Stephen, D., Hung, Y. C., & DeSilva, J. M. (2016). The relationship between foot arch measurements and walking parameters in children. BMC Pediatrics, 16, 1-8.
  • Gill, S. V., Vessali, M.*, Pratt, J. A., Watts*, S., Pratt, J. S., Raghavan, P., & DeSilva, J. M. (2015). The importance of interdisciplinary research training and community dissemination. Clinical and Translational Science, 8, 611-14.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015). Walking to the beat of their own drum: How children and adults meet task constraints. PLoS One, 10, e0127894. Impact factor: 3.53.
  • DeSilva, J. M., Bonne-Annee, R.*, Swanson, Z.*, Gill, C. M.*, Sobel, M.*, Uy, J.*, & Gill, S. V. (2015). Midtarsal break variation in modern humans: functional causes, skeletal correlates, and paleontological implications. American Journal of Physical Anthroplogy, 156, 543-52. Impact factor: 2.514
  • Gill, S. V. (2015). The impact of weight classification on safety: Timing steps to adapt to external constraints. Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interaction, 15, 103-8. Impact factor: 2.40.
  • Gill, S. V., Lewis, C. L., & DeSilva, J. M. (2014). Arch height mediation of obesity-related walking in adults: Contributors to physical activity limitations. Biomed Research International: Physiology. Special Issue on Motor functional evaluation from physiology and biomechanics to clinical and training, 2014, 1-8.
  • Lick, D. J.*, Johnson, K. L., & Gill, S. V. (2014). Why do they have to flaunt it? Perceptions of communicative intent predict antigay prejudice based upon brief exposure to nonverbal cues. Social Psychology & Personality Science, 5, 927-935.
  • Cole, W. G., Gill, S. V., Vereijken, B., & Adolph, K. E. (2014). Coping with asymmetry: How infants and adults walk with one elongated leg. Infant Behavior & Development 37, 305-314.
  • Ben-Sasson & Gill, S. V. (2014). Motor and language abilities from early to late toddlerhood: Using formalized assessments to capture continuity and discontinuity in development. Research in Developmental Disabilities , 35, 1425-32.
  • Gill, S. V. & Hung, Y. (2014). Effects of overweight and obese body mass on motor planning and motor skills during obstacle crossing in children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 46-53.
  • Lick, D. J., Johnson, K. L., & Gill, S. V. (2013). Deliberate changes to gendered body motion influence basic social perceptions. Social Cognition, 31, 656-671.
  • DeSilva, J. M. & Gill, S. V. (2013). A midtarsal break in the human foot. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 151, 495-9.
  • Hung, Y., Meredith, G. S.*, & Gill, S. V. (2013). Influence of task constraints during walking for children. Gait and Posture, 38,450-4.
  • Forhan, M. & Gill, S. V. (2013). Obesity, functional mobility, and quality of life. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Special issue on complications of obesity, 27, 129-137.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Chapters

  • Adolph, K. E., Joh, A. S., Franchak, J. M., Ishak, S., & Gill, S. V. (2008). Flexibility in the development of action. In E. Morsella, J. A. Bargh, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), The psychology of action, Vol 2. (pp. 399-426). New York: Oxford University Press.

Recent Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator, Massive Weight Loss and Its Effects on Postural Stability and Fall Risks, NIH 1R03AR066344-01A1, 2014-2017.
  • Principal Investigator, Use of Motor Learning Principles to Reduce Fall Risks After Surgical Weight Loss, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, AOTFIRG14 GILL, 2015-2016.
  • Principal Investigator, Genetic influences on walking skill in early childhood, Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund, 2013-2014.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations & Abstracts

  • Munoz, M. A., Crouter, S. E., Coster, W. J., Orsmond, G. I., & Gill, S. V. (2015, May). Association between parents’ perception of weight and behavior change and activity in Puerto Rican children. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015, May). Identifying fall risks for pre-bariatric surgery candidates: Capturing performance. Presented at the Occupational Therapy Summit. Los Angeles, CA
  • Gill, S. V., Yinusa-Nyahkook, L., & Khetani, M. (2015, April). Benefits and realities of engaging in interdisciplinary research relevant to pediatric occupational therapy practice. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Orloff, S., Pizzi, M., Vroman, K., Collins, K., Kuo, F., Lau, C., & Gill, S. V. (2015, April). Primary care in children and youth with obesity: A call for action. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Gill, S. V.,Bashinskaya, B., Woo, N., & Pu, X. (2015, April). Supporting safety for pre-bariatric surgery candidates: Effects of obesity and degenerative joint disease on movement. Primary care in children and youth with obesity: A call for action. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Bashinskaya, B. & Gill, S. V. (2015, March). Effects of practice on walking patters in pre-bariatric surgery candidates. Presented at the Boston University Graduate Research Symposium. Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V. & Saudino, K. J. (2015, March). Walking skill and its relationship to toddlers’ physical growth and cognitive ability. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015, March). The relationship between the foot arch and walking. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ogamba, M., Gill, S. V., & Lewis, C. L. (2015, February). Changes in gait with anteriorly added mass: A pregnancy simulation study. Presented at the Midwest American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting. Akron, OH.
  • Gill, S. V. (2014, November). How children and adults alter their walking patterns to meet timing constraints. Presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Washington, D. C.
  • Gill, S. V. & DeSilva, J. M. (2014, July). Arch height mediation of obesity-related walking in adults. Presented at the World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, MA.
  • Ogamba, M., Gill, S. V., & Lewis, C. L. (2014, July). Changes in gait with anteriorly added mass: A pregnancy simulation study. Presented at the World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V. & Vora, I. (2014, June). Influence of temporal constraints on spatio-temporal gait parameters in children and adults. Presented at the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Newark, Delaware.
  • Gill, S. V., Ogamba, M., & Lewis, C. L. (2014, June). Effects of additional anterior body mass on spatio-temporal gait parameters. Presented at the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Newark, Delaware.
  • Ben-Sasson, A. & Gill, S. V. (2014, May). How Do Early ASD Screening Scores Relate with Motor and Language Development in a Community Sample? International Meeting for Autism Research. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • DeSilva, J. M., Gill, C. M., Swanson, Z., Bonne-Annee, R., & Gill, S. V. (2014, April). Reconstructing foot form and function in early hominins using modern human models. Presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Gill, S. V. (2014) Body and task constraints on action: How obesity influences function. Presentation for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions Interdisciplinary Research Seminar. Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V., DeSilva, J. M., Kelty-Stephen, D., & Keimig, S. (2013, November). The medial longitudinal arch as an adaptation to increase step length in children. Presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Conference. San Diego, California.
  • Gill, S. V., Vora, I., & Kelty-Stephen, D. (2013, November). Walking to the beat of their own drum: Differences in how children and adults meet task constraints. Presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Conference. San Diego, California.
  • 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.

Invited Presentations

  • Gill, S. V. (2016). Tapping into function: How obesity impacts movement. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015). Obesity and fall risk in children and adults. University of Massachusetts, Boston Exercise Science Program. Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015). Getting moving: Why it’s easier said that done. Health Matters Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V. (2015) The influence of body and task constraints on motor actions. Presentation for the University of Connecticut Perception-Action Workshop. Storrs, CT.
  • Gill, S. V. (2014) Motor function in the face of changing bodies and task constraints. Presentation for the Boston University Medical Center Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology Research Seminar. Boston, MA.
  • Gill, S. V. (2014) Body and task constraints on action: How obesity influences function. Presentation for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions Interdisciplinary Research Seminar. Boston, MA.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2011) The development of motor adaptation. Presentation for the Boston University Developmental Science Colloquium Series, Boston University.
  • Kramer, J. M. & Gill, S. V. (2011) Using sensory integration strategies in the classroom. In-Service for teachers at the Boston University Children’s Center.
  • Gill, S. V. (2011) Walking the walk: What movement can tell us about adapting to change. Keynote Presentation for the Lead the Way Symposium, Boston University.
  • Gill, S. V. (2010) Walking the walk: Adapting to varying environments & task constraints. Presentation for the Vision & Cognition Lab. Boston University.
  • Gill, S. V. (2010) Meeting task demands: Effects of BMI on adaptation. Presentation for Center for Neurorehabilitation. Boston University.
  • Gill, S. V. (2010) Adapting to changing environments. Presentation for the Health Quality of Life Laboratory. Tufts University.
  • Kramer, J. M. & Gill, S. V. (2010) Using sensory integration strategies in the classroom. In-Service for teachers at the Boston University Children’s Center.
  • Gill, S. V. (2010) Using blackboard for exam making. Presentation for OT Faculty  Development Series. Boston University.
  • Kramer, J. M. & Gill, S. V. (2009) Sensory integration in the classroom. In-Service for teachers at the Boston University Children’s Center.  Gill, S. V. (2007) Flexibility in the development of walking. Colloquium for the Perception-Action Workshop. University of Connecticut.
  • Gill, S. V. (2002) Quantitative measures of upper extremity use in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Lecture at Dominican College.
  • Gill, S. V. (2003) Development of fine motor skills. Lecture at Dominican College.
  • Gill, S. V. (2001) 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). 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.

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Associate Member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Healthy Weight Research Network
  • 2014 Faculty Advisor for the Boston University Graduate Women in Science & Engineering Group
  • 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation
  • 2011 ERRIS Grant Writing Workshop
  • 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