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Moya Kinnealey

Moya Kinnealey Ph.D.,OTR/L, FAOTA





Moya Kinnealey, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP. Dr. Kinnealey received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, her M.S. in O.T. from Boston University, Certification in Special Education at Temple University and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Special Education from Temple University. As well as being the Department Chairperson, she teaches graduate courses in pediatrics, theory and research and mentors student research. She is involved with interdisciplinary coursework in assistive technology and early intervention.

Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Kinnealey is interested in early intervention with children at risk for developmental disabilities, sensory integration issues with both specific populations and across the life span and the biological/emotional link in development and behavior. Dr. Kinnealey received the Academic Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association at the 23rd Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr Kinnealey was one of four members of an Interdisciplinary Training Team that went to Vietnam. The Training project was sponsored by a grant through Health Volunteers Overseas and headed by Dr. Jill Derstine, Chair of the Department of Nursing, Temple University, College of Health Professions. The team spent a week providing lectures and treatment demonstrations at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Hanoi. Other team members were Dr. Margaret Shepard, RN, and Dr. Kim Nixon-Cave, PT.


Referred Publications

Smith, S.; Press, B.; Koenig, K.; Kinnealey, M. (2005) The effects of sensory integration on selfstimulating and self-injurious behaviors. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.59,4,418-425. (refereed)

Pfeiffer, B.; Kinnealey, M.; Reed, C., Herzberg, G. (2005) Sensory modulation and affective disorders in children and adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 59: 3, 335-345.(refereed)

Derstine, J.B.; Shepard, M.P.; Nixon-Cave, K.; Kinnealey, M. (2003). An interdisciplinary pediatric rehabilitation project in Vietnam: The Temple team experience. Rehabilitation Nursing, 28,3, 92-95.(refereed)

Pfeiffer, B., & Kinnealey, M. (2003). Treatment of sensory defensiveness in adults. Occupational Therapy International, 10,3, 175-184. (refereed)


Non Refereed Publications

Morgan, M., Kinnealey, M. ( May 2005) World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 51, 31-34. Occupational Therapy in Vietnam.

Kinnealey, M., Smith, S. (2004). A review of research on sensory modulation disorders in adults. SI Focus, autumn 2004, 10-12. (invited)


Kinnealey, M., Weiss, D., Morgan, M. (Eds) (2004). A practitioner’s guide to clinical occupational therapy. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation.

Book Chapter

Kinnealey, M. Regulatory Disorders in Kinnealey, M., Weiss, D., Morgan, M. (Eds) (2004). A practitioner’s guide to clinical occupational therapy. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation.

Refereed Presentations

Kinnealey, M., Stillman, W. & Koenig,K. (2006, November8-11) In their own voices: Constituent driven outcomes. Poster presented at TASH Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Koenig, K., Kinnealey, M., Stillman, W. (2006, October- November) In their own voices: Facilitating Participation and improving outcomes for individuals with autistic spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2nd World Autism Congress and Exhibition. Autism Safari, Capetown, South Africa.

Kinnealey, M., Koenig, K., & Stillman,W. (2006, April). In their own voices: Facilitating Participation for Individuals With Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Workshop presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 86th Annual Conference and Expo, Charlotte, NC

Kauffman, N., Kinnealey,M. (2006,April). Social skill deficits and interventions: Cross diagnosis comparisons in school- aged children. American Occupational Therapy Association’s 86th Annual Conference and Expo, Charlotte, NC

Koenig, K., Huecker, G., Kinnealey, M. (2005, May).Comparative outcomes of children with ADHD: Treatment versus delayed treatment control condition. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Long Beach, California (refereed)

Koenig,K., Smith, S., Kinnealey, M. (2005, October) Treatment effectiveness Research. A three paper panel presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA (refereed)

Kinnealey, M., Smith, S.2002, June) Sensory defensive and non-defensive adults: Physiological and behavioral differences. A poster presentation presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, (refereed)

Kinnealey, M. & Morgan, M. (2002, October) Interdisciplinary training projects in Vietnam. A poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pa..(refereed)

Kinnealey, M., Kauffman, N. (2002, May) Social Skill needs in AD/HD children: An explorative collaborative model. A workshop presented at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference and Exposition. Miami, FL.(refereed)

Koenig, K. Smith, S., Kinnealey, M.(2001, April) Evidence based practice using a sensory integration approach. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference and Exposition. Philadelphia, PA (refereed)

Non Refereed Presentations

Kinnealey, M. (2006, November 18) Using a sensory integration approach for persons with TBI. A 1 day workshop presented at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Malvern, PA

Derstine, J.B.; Black, K.; Bender, P.; Kinnealey, M.; Nixon-Cave, K.; Pron, A.; Stephens, S.; & Zigmont, L. (2006, November 17). Vietnam project: Improving health through teaching and collaboration. Global Temple Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Koenig, K. & Kinnealey, M. (2006, June 28) Creating supportive environments for students with significant disabilities. A Keynote and workshop session presented at Arcadia Annual Inclusion Institute. Arcadia University, Philadelphia, PA

Smith, S. (presenter), Kinnealey, M. (discussant) (2005, October). Sensory Processing and brain metabolism in sensory hyper-responsive adults. A session presented at Sensory Processing Disorder: New Scientific Findings and Successful Strategies for Intervention. KID Foundation Conference, Greenwood Village, Clorado

Kinnealey, M. (2005, November) Sensory Processing Disorder. Penndel Mental Health Center, Bucks County L.I.F.E. Program. Warminster, PA (invited)

Kinnealey, M. (2005, June) Sensory Processing Disorder: What it is and Why Does it Matter. Resiliency Conference and Children’s Resource Expo. Holiday Inn, Bucks County, PA (invited)

Kinnealey, M. (2005, April) Sensory integration and its impact on people with cognitive disabilities or behavioral health issues. BC-CST Inc. Warminster, PA (invited)

Smith, S., Kinnealey, M. Barriocanal,J., Witt, D., Kanamalla, U.2005, April) Central nervous system metabolism in sensory-defensive and non-defensive adults: A proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. CHP Student Faculty Research Symposium, Temple University, Phila. PA

Kauffman, N.A., Haberbusch, J., Ricci, A., Ruparelia, S., Sexton, T., Ulme, S., Yucha, M., Kinnealey, M. (2005, April) Social skill needs in children with autistic spectrum disorder. CHP Student Faculty Research Symposium, Temple University, Phila. PA

Kinnealey, M. (2005, March) The impact of sensory issues on adults with autism. Autism Living and Working Inc. (ALAW) Colloquium. Wachovia Bank Building, Phila. PA (invited)

Kinnealey, M. (2004, August) Sensory Integration.. IV Congreso Internacional de Rehabilitacion Infantil Oritel 2004, Mexico DF. (invited)

Kinnealey, M. (2003, June) Sensory integration in Children Birth to Three with Regulatory Disorders. Delaware Valley Adoption Coalition, Philadelphia, PA.

Kinnealey, M. Smith, S.; Koenig, K.; & Pfeiffer., B. (3003, March) Neurobiological Foundations of Sensory Integration. (3 day workshop). Sensory Integration International, Washington, DC

Kinnealey, M. (2003, Spring). Sensory integration treatment of children birth to three with regulatory disorders. Jefferson University, Institute on Family Studies. Presented an educational series (5, 2 hour sessions) for early interventionists in Philadelphia.

Kinnealey, M.(2002,March) Sensory integration for children birth to three. Southern New Jersey Regional Early Intervention Collaborative. March Atco, New Jersey.(invited)

Kinnealey, M (2001, November). Sensory integration and sensory processing. William’SyndromConference, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Kinnealey, M.(2001, April) Treating the autistic child using a sensory integration approach.
Communication Sciences Mini Conference on Autism, Temple University, Phila. PA.

Derstine, J.; Shepard, M.; Nixon-Cave, K. & Kinnealey, M. (2001, April) An interdisciplinary health team’s visit to Vietnam. College of Allied Health Professions Interdisciplinary Presentation, Temple University.

Derstine, J., Shepherd, M., Nixon-Cave, K., Kinnealey, M. (2001, March) Working as a Team with Children with Disabilities. One week training at Pediatric Institute of Hanoi, Vietnam

Kinnealey, M. (2001, March) What can I do when I’m stuck? Reflective practice: Scenarios and solutions. Making Community Practice Meaningful: Providing Therapy in Early Intervention and School Environments. MCP Hahnemann University Conference

Kinnealey, M. & Snopkowski, S. (2001, January) When to seek help: Identifying social skills difficulties in children with ADD. Collage Connections Conference sponsored by Occupational Therapy Programs, Newtown Square, PA.

Kinnealey, M., Farber, R,. (2000, October) Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association: Research Roundtable. Philadelphia, PA