Katherine Dimitropoulou, PhD, OTR/L

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Occupational Therapy, New York University
  • MA, Advanced Occupational Therapy, New York University

Honors & Awards

  • APGAR Academy Excellence in Medical Education Award, Columbia University Medical Center. 04/2022
  • Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), for participation in the Blueprint Adoption & Dissemination Task Group. 10/2013
  • Awarded the Leadership/Mentorship Fellowship from the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Mentors: Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, Ellie Gilfoyle, PhD, OTR/L, Ann Grady, PhD, OTR/L , 12/2006-12/2007


Selected Publications

Ye, R., Xu, W., Fu, H., Jenamani, R., Nguyen, V., Lu, C., Dimitropoulou, K., Bhattacharjee, T. (2022) RCareWorld: A human-centric simulation world for caregiving robots. 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

Madan, R., Jenamani, R., Nguyen, V., Moustafa, A., Dimitropoulou, K., Bhattacharjee, T. (2022) SPARCS: Structuring physically assistive robotics for caregiving with stakeholders-in-the-loop. 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

Gutterman, J., Lee-Miller, T., Friel, K. M., Dimitropoulou, K., & Gordon, A. M. (2021). Anticipatory Motor Planning and Control of Grasp in Children with Unilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Brain Sciences, 11(9), 1161.

Hui, S., & Dimitropoulou, K. (2020). iCan-Play: A Practice Guideline for Assessment and Intervention of Play for Children with Severe Multiple Disabilities. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 8(3), 1-14.

Gordon-Handler, L., Dimitropoulou, K., Hassan, L, Masaracchio, M., & Waldman- Levi, A. (2019). An exploration of graduate health care student writing skills using a transformational learning approach to a literacy enrichment program. Journal of Allied Health Professions.

O’Brien, J., Coker-Bolt, P. C., & Dimitropoulou, K. (2019). Application of Motor Control and Motor Learning. Case-Smith's Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, 395.

Dimitropoulou, K., & Baxter, M. (2019). Neural basis of adaptation: Motivation, intention, resilience and goal-directed behaviors. In Grajo, L. & Biosselle, A., (Eds.) Adaptation through Occupation: Multidimensional Perspectives. Slack.

Dimitropoulou, K., & Sarafian, A. (2017). Sensory Processing & Functional Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review. Panel Presentation, 29th European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD), May 17 - 20, 2017, Amsterdam, NL. Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, conference proceedings.

Dimitropoulou, K. A., & Rekoutis, P. A. (2012). The use of the latest technological applications in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. International Technology, Education and Development.

Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., Adolph, K. E., Lobo, S. A., Karasik, L. B., Dimitropoulou, K. D., & Ishak, S. (2008). When infants take mothers' advice: 18-month-olds integrate perceptual and social information for guiding motor action. Developmental Psychology, 44, 734-746.

Karasik, L. B., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S, Adolph, &K. E., & Dimitropoulou, K. A., (2008). How mothers encourage and discourage infants' motor actions. Infancy, 13: 4, 366-392.

Dimitropoulou, K. A., Nass, R., & Adolph, K. E. (2007). Adaptive motor decisions in children with congenital hemiplegia. Supplement to Neurology(68), 12, Suppl. 1

Tamis-LeMonda, C. S, Adolph, K. E., Dimitropoulou, K. A. & Zack E. A. (2007). "No! Don't! Stop!": Mothers' Words for Impending Danger. Parenting: Science and Practice, 7, 1-25.

Dimitropoulou, K. A., & Rekoutis P. (1994). Occupational Therapy and Mental Retardation - Preparing children with mental retardation to enroll at a special education school. In "People with Special Needs', Vol.2, Ellinika Grammata, Athens, pp. 653-661. ISBN 960-344-019-1