• Education:BA in Psychology, Washington University, 1975.
    MA in Art Therapy, University of Louisville, 1977.
    MS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1987.
  • Office:635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-505
  • Phone:617-358-1064

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Professor Lowenstein’s area of clinical practice was adults with neurological conditions. Previously, she was the occupational therapist at the Mount Auburn Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Care Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, she is actively involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New England Chapter, serving on Advisory Boards and leading multiple programs for consumers and professionals. In 2005, she was inducted into the National MS Society Volunteer Hall of Fame. She is the author of Fatigue Management in Multiple Sclerosis, and coauthor of Adult Case Studies through the Health Care Continuum: A workbook for the occupational therapy student. Professor Lowenstein has contributed chapters to numerous other texts. She served on the Allied Health Licensing Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more 15 years and assisted in writing the regulations for occupational therapy practice.

Courses Taught

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of health promotion and an overview of strategies used to promote health at both the individual and population levels. The course will develop students' understanding of public health principles, health promotion and human behavior change models, as well as social determinants of health, and will explore how interactions among these factors impact health interventions and outcomes. Students will learn about methods to identify and assess the health needs of individuals across various contexts (health care facilities, schools, worksites, and communities); factors to consider when planning interventions tailored to the unique needs of specific populations (i.e. individuals with disabilities, male adolescents and young men, and communities of color); current evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease; and the effectiveness of select health promotion programs and strategies aimed at helping people make lasting healthy choices wherever they live, learn, work, and play. (Credits: 2)

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)

Practical experience in a health or social service related setting related to the student's specialization area. Includes participation in weekly seminar. (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)

Publications

  • Lowenstein, N. & Halloran, T.  (2015). Case studies through the health care continuum: A workbook for the occupational therapy student (2nd ed.).  Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
  • Lowenstein, N. (2011). WALKA ZE ZMĘCZENIEM W STWARDNIENIU ROZSIANYM: Jak zmienić przyzwyczajenia, by mi więcej energii? [Managing Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: practical ways to create new habits and increase your energy] Warsaw, Poland: Polskie Towarzystwo Stwardnienia Rozsianego.
  • Lowenstein, N (2009). Managing Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis.  New York: Demos Press.
  • Lowenstein, N. (2008) A self-management approach to Parkinson’s Disease. OT Practice, 14;9, 14-16.
  • Lowenstein, N. (2008). Progressive neurological disorders in Romano. In J, Lowenstein, A, Foord-May, L (Eds), Teaching strategies for health education and health promotion. Jossey Bass Publishers.
  • Lowenstein, N. (2008). Interactive teaching with groups in Romano. In J, Lowenstein, A, Foord-May, L (Eds), Teaching strategies for health education and health promotion. Jossey Bass Publishers.
  • Lowenstein, N., Tickle-Degnen, L. (2008). Developing an occupational therapy home program for patients with Parkinson’s disease. In Trail, M, Protas, E., Lai, E. (Eds), Neurorehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease: An evidence based treatment model. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
  • Lowenstein, N. (2008). Introduction: Health management of older adults and disciplinary working relationships: Section C: Teaching interdisciplinary teamwork. In satin, D (Ed), Health management for older adults: Developing an interdisciplinary approach. New York:  Oxford University Press.
  • Buchwald, L, Lowenstein, N., Leahy, K., Nutile, S., Pisani, A. (2008). Functioning interdisciplinary teams: The Mount Auburn Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center.  In Satin, D (Ed), Health management for older adults: Developing an interdisciplinary approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

  • Lowenstein, N. (November, 2012). Managing Fatigue on a Daily Basis. Arthritis Foundation; Wellness program. Boston, MA.
  • Lowenstein, N. (October, 2012). Cognition in multiple sclerosis. New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Annual Meeting, Worcester, MA.
  • Lowenstein, N. Hochberg, R. (November, 2011). Parenting with MS. Teleconference. National Multiple Sclerosis Society,
  • Lowenstein, N. Pisani, A. (April, 2011). Rehabilitation for the MS Patient. Janet Pearce Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Training Program 2011: 10th Anniversary. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Framingham, MA.

Peer-reviewed Poster Presentations

  • Escher, A. & Lowenstein, N. (2015, October). Professional Development Monitors: Do they work? Poster presented at the AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit, Denver, Colorado
  • Cohn, E. S. & Lowenstein, N. (2013, October). Effects of a modified problem-based learning class on MSOT students’ perceived competence to develop evidence and occupation-based interventions.  Poster presented at the AOTA Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lowenstein, N.A. Prizio, K., Sharma, L, Evans, J., Halfon, K., Radford, K (April, 2013) Putting Occupation into the Medical Model. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Workshops

  • 2012:  Lowenstein, N. (April, 2012). Free From Falls, New Engalnd Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • 2010: Lowenstein, N. (Nov. 2010). Cognifit. New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • 2010: Lowenstein, N. (2010). Proud Parenting. New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2009: Lowenstein, N. (2009). Cognifit. New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2009: Lowenstein, N. (Nov, 2007). Fatigue Management. New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2009: Lowenstein, N, Pisani, A. . Multiple Sclerosis: A Course for Occupational & Physical Therapists. Workshop, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Washington, DC.

Grant Participation

  • Boston University’s Technology Grant: Development of Instructional Materials on clinical characteristics of health conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice.
  • NIH/National Institute on Aging, R01 AG21152, Rehabilitation for Self-Management of Parkinson’s disease Grant, 2003-2006, Occupational Therapist on Intervention Team, PI: Robert Wagenaar Granting Agency.

Professional Activities

  • American Occupational Therapy Association:
    • 2007: Health & Wellness Certification Ad Hoc panel for AOTA’s Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development.(CCCPD)
    • 2006-2011: Certification reviewer for Physical Rehabilitation Board Certification for AOTA.
    • 2002-2005: Chair for Physical Rehabilitation Board panel.
    • 1997-2007: Roster of Accreditation Evaluators.
    • 2000-2001: Member of Ad Hoc Strategic Planning group on revenue streams.
    • 1999-2000: Chair: Road Rage task force.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New England Chapter:
    • May – June 2011: Driving New Talent to MS Project Committee. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. New York, NY.
    • March 2008: Assistive Technology Advisory Board with Microsoft, Bayer Healthcare
    • Oct-Dec, 2007: Level II student supervisor.
    • Programs Committee.
    • Clinical Advisory Committee.
    • Home Links Advisory Committee.
    • Workshop leader and “Master Leader Trainer” for Gateway to Wellness course for individuals with MS.
  • National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy
    • 2007 –  2008 Portfolio reviewer for recertification applicants.
    • 2008   Portfolio reviewer for recertification applicants.
  • Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association.
    • Paper Reviewer for 2002- 2004 annual conferences.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure:
    • Occupational Therapy representative on the Allied Health Professional Licensing Board (2003 – present).
  • Community Elder Services, Inc.
    • 2011: Board member.

Awards and Honors

  • 2009:  American Occupational Therapy Association: AOTA Service Commendation
  • 2008:  American Occupational Therapy Association: AOTA Service Commendation
  • 2007:  American Occupational Therapy Association: AOTA Service Commendation
  • 2006:  National Multiple Sclerosis Society; New England Chapter 2005 Community Programs Volunteer Award
  • 2006:  American Occupational Therapy Association: AOTA Service Commendation
  • 2005:  National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame inductee for Client Programs
  • 2003: National Multiple Sclerosis Society; New England Chapter Clinical Collaboration Award

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Division of Professional Licensure.
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • American Occupational Therapy Association; Specialty Certification in Physical Rehabilitation
  • California State University, Northridge College of Extended Learning and Center of Disabilities; Certificate in Advanced Professional Development, for Assistive Technology Applications

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