Mary L. Schneider, Ph.D., OTR

"Primate Model of Sensory Processing Disorder: Neurobiological Correlates, Genetic Influences, and Possible Causal Mechanisms"

Dr. Mary L. Schneider received a B.S. in occupational therapy in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as an occupational therapist for several years, providing consultation, assessment, and direct treatment to children with attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, fetal alcohol syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. She received a master's and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor in occupational therapy. Currently, she is a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology and a director of the occupational therapy program.

Schneider has a joint appointment in the psychology department and she is a research affiliate at the Harlow Primate Laboratory and the Wisconsin Regional Primate Center. Her primate model uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to investigate underlying neural mechanisms associated with fetal alcohol exposure, prenatal stress, and sensory processing disorders. During her tenure at the university, Schneider has generated more than $12 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and from private foundations to support her research. Schneider is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.

Other sessions held

"Issues in Driver Rehabilitation"
Speaker: Laura Miller, M.S., OTR, CDI, CDRS

"Paradigm Shifts in Neurobehavioral Pediatrics: The Importance of Regulatory Sensory Processing in the Multimodal Management of Neurobehavioral Disorders"
Speaker: Mark A. Sloane, D.O., FACOP, FAAP

"Improving Motor Outcomes through Contraint-Induced Movement Therapy"
Speakers: Stephanie Combs, M.S., PT, NCS, and Valerie Bush Marriman, OTR, SPT

"Neurodynamics in Neurorehabilitation"
Speaker: Robert C. Ferguson, OTR

"Dementia: A Challenge Differential"
Speaker: Jeanette M. Meyer, M.D.

"Traumatic Brain Injury/Addictive and Psychiatric Disorders, 'The Misdiagnosed Population'"
Speaker: Roman Frankel, Ph.D., CCD, NCAC II, CBIS, CEAP, CCGC