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Carolyn R Podolski

Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator    

Master of Arts in Motor Learning
Department of Movement Science and Education, Teachers College of Columbia University
New York, NY

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Cleveland State University, Cleveland Ohio


Clinical Expertise
Professor Podolski has over 14 years of clinical experience in a variety of practice areas including in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing rehabilitation, home health services, public school systems and early intervention.

Teaching Experience
Professor Podolski has taught at two universities including Boston University (1994-2003) where she was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and taught courses in the Entry-level Master’s Program in the areas of:

  • Medical conditions; adult and pediatric
  • Functional movement
  • Adult Physical Dysfunction
  • Clinical skills
  • Activity analysis
  • Independent Studies in the management of pain and the role of OT working with caregivers

She was also an Instructor at University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Entry-level Master’s Program of Occupational Therapy from 2003-2007 teaching courses including:

  • Medical conditions
  • Gross Human Anatomy
  • Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic enhancement for adults
  • Upper extremity dysfunction
  • Biomechanics
  • Role of OT working with Caregivers

Trombly, C., & Podolski, C. (2002). Assessing abilities and capacities: Range of motion, strength and endurance. In Trombly & M. Radomski (Eds.), Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction. 5th edition. (pp. 47-136). Baltimore Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Ma, H-I., Trombly, C., & Podolski, C., (1999). The effect of context on skill acquisition and transfer. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53 (2). 138-144.

She has presented on a number of topics at state and local conferences including:

  • Teaching Evidence-Based –Practice in Rehabilitation Professional Curricula
  • The Use of Occupations in Adult Rehabilitation
  • Caring for the Caregiver: The Role of Occupational Therapy
  • The Functional Application of Motor Learning Principles for Rehabilitation Professionals

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