- Additional Titles:Research Associate, Dept of Family Medicine, BU Medical Campus
- Education:BS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 2001
MS in Occupational Therapy (post-professional), Boston University, 2003
ScD in Therapeutic Studies, Boston University Sargent College, 2009
- Office:635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-543
- Phone:617-353-7512 (email preferred)
Leanne Yinusa-Nyahkoon, ScD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist whose practice has focused on children with disabilities and chronic health conditions and their families, the majority of whom are from urban communities of color. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University, a Research Scientist in the Department of Family Medicine and a Research Associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both within Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon’s research focuses on examining health disparities that affect urban communities of color and the clients’, families’, providers’, and community’s perspectives of the inequities that impact health behavior and illness management. Her current funded research projects include Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African American and Black Women: The Gabby System. The Gabby System is a web-based health education system designed for young Black women that uses an embodied conversational agent to assess 150 preconception health needs, and deliver evidence-based interventions to facilitate health behavior change. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon and her interprofessional research team are currently implementing the Gabby System at Healthy Start sites and community health centers across the United States. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon’s research interests also include interprofessional care. As a qualitative expert, she is currently participating in a research project examining clients’, health professional trainees’, and health care providers’ perceptions of the interprofessional care experience within urban medical centers.
Scholarly and Practice Interests
- Leanne Yinusa-Nyahkoon is a three time graduate of Boston University receiving her BS, MS, and ScD degrees at Sargent College. She has clinical experience as an occupational therapist treating individuals of all ages; however, her clinical expertise and passion is working with school-aged children.
- Leanne’s research to date has focused on examining health disparities that disproportionately affect urban communities by understanding the family routines that impact health management. She currently serves as a research associate for a project titled, Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African American Women. Her research team, which includes researchers from Boston and Northeastern Universities, is examining young, African American female’s beliefs about preconception care, in an effort to develop a web-based health educational system that assesses health risks, delivers health interventions, and ultimately helps minimize the existing poor maternal and child health outcomes that plague the African American community.
- Leanne has also integrated occupational therapy’s focus on occupations into this primary care intervention, and is interested in expanding occupational therapy’s role in primary care.
BS in Behavior and Health courses
SAR HP320: Health Conditions across the Life Course
Overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of selected chronic diseases, with a particular focus on the impact of the disease and its management on the person's daily life. (Credits: 4)
SAR HP405: Practicum and Seminar in Behavior and Health
Practical experience in a health or social service related setting related to the student's specialization area. Includes participation in weekly seminar. (Credits: 4)
SAR HP310 Foundations of Health Promotion
Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy courses
SAR OT500: Integrative Seminar I and LIFW
This graduate course in occupational therapy is the first integrative seminar in a 4-seminar sequence designed to enhance clinical reasoning processes by integrating knowledge from previous educational and work experiences with current courses and weekly fieldwork experiences. Using problem-based case scenarios, class discussion, classroom activities, fieldwork experiences and reflective journaling this seminar focuses on learning the foundations for professional socialization, group processes, therapeutic relationships, ethical practice and other professional issues for working with persons and populations of all ages with a variety of needs for occupational therapy services. Self-directed, collaborative learning and class participation are essential aspects of this seminar. (Credits: 2)
SAR OT501: 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. (Credits: 2)
SAR OT520: Evidence-Based Practice I
This course is designed for occupational therapy graduate students to develop beginning skills for conducting evidence-based practice. The focus is on using research evidence to support the first task of therapy: getting to know the client and the client's needs. Students learn how to find, use, and communicate about two types of published research reports that support the therapist's task of getting to know a client: (1) reports about the occupational lives and needs of people like the client (i.e., similar health care conditions, gender, cultural group, etc.), and (2) reports about the quality of different assessment methods for gaining information about a client's occupational life and needs. The format of class sessions is primarily discussion, with some lecture, that is structured around actual client cases and guiding questions. Student performance is assessed with class participation, homework assignments, and a final exam/project. (Credits: 2)
SAR OT563: Context and Occupational Performance
This graduate course in occupational therapy is designed to be taken concurrently with two other complementary courses: OT564 and OT503 (Integrative Seminar/LIFW III). This course focuses on knowledge and resources needed for effective clinical reasoning in occupation therapy practice. Topics covered include practice contexts/environments, healthcare/education regulations and policies, and interdisciplinary practitioner roles. Content is applied particularly to individuals living with long-term conditions who are most likely to benefit from compensatory and adaptive interventions to enable performance of meaningful occupations. Classes consist primarily of lectures, group discussions, audiovisual presentations, and case study discussions. (Credits: 2)