Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Chair at New York University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Patten Koenig is an occupational therapist with a PhD in educational psychology who examines the efficacy of interventions utilized in public schools for autistic students. Her research focuses on utilizing a strength-based paradigm and the autistic individual’s perspective to understand the impact of these issues on quality of life and well-being in order to guide person-centered interventions utilizing strengths in inclusive settings. Dr. Koenig is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for autistic students in the New York City Department of Education. She is currently Co-PI of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of ASD middle school students to develop social competence and potential career pathways.
Dr. Patten Koenig is also PI of the GIFTED project, a three-year grant project aimed at developing women leaders in public schools in Ghana. Dr. Patten Koenig teaches professional and post professional courses in the area of pediatric intervention, school-based practice and the challenges and opportunities with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Patten Koenig has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining the efficacy of public school interventions and examining autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model.