Geela Spira
Geela.Spira@eku.edu
859-622-6345

Geela Spira, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

Education

  • B.A. Barnard College
  • M.S. Columbia University
  • Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University

Research/Academic Interests

  • Sleep
  • Sensory Processing
  • Global Health
  • Intra-professional collaboration

Publications

  • Spira, G. & Kupietsky, A. (2005). Oral defensiveness: Children with a dysfunction of sensory regulation. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, 29(2), 119-122.
  • Spira, G. (2019). Use of visual imagery as an alternative to traditional written assignments. Pedagogicon Journal. In publication.
  • Spira, G. (2019). Interoception: An overview for allied health professionals. Open Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In publication.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Clinical experience as an occupational therapist, rehabilitation senior, and Occupational Therapy Director in rehabilitation, burn care, & SNF settings, pediatric out-patient and school settings, & home health care settings.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA)
  • KOTA Eastern District co-chair
  • Member of the Occupational Therapy task force of the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health
  • Editor and reviewer: Study for the Science of Occupation Conference submissions, AOTA Conference submissions, KOTA Conference submissions, Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.
  • Member of Curriculum Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of the BSOS Sub-Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of the Occupational Therapy Outcomes Committee, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Member of Academic Practice Occupational Therapy Department, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Co-Chair of College of Health Sciences Living and Learning Community, with LLC award for Academic Partner of the year from Residence Life and Housing, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Chair of Faculty Research- College of Health Sciences Living and Learning Community
  • Scholar’s Day representative for Occupational Therapy Department, College of Health Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Occupational Therapy Faculty Library Liaison for J.S. Smith Collection, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Occupational Therapy Education Abroad Liaison, Eastern Kentucky University

Awards/Accolades

  • Recipient of E. Kossoff Best Teaching Practices Award, Barnard College
  • Nominated for Instructional Design best use of technology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging Scholar award
  • 2019 Admitted to Columbia University Alumni Loyal Blue Society