Occupational Therapy Program
Member of Philadelphia University Faculty since 2012
OTD, Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University
MS, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University
BA, Modern Languages, McGill University
Specialty Areas: Pediatrics
Michelle D. Gorenberg, OTD, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the graduate program in Occupational Therapy. She received her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, having completed research looking at the relationship between self-injurious behavior and tactile defensiveness in a child with autism. She received her OTD from Thomas Jefferson University, where her doctoral studies focused upon therapeutic use of self and its relationship to establishing therapeutic alliances with pediatric clients within intervention using principles of sensory integration. Michelle’s clinical experience includes over 25 years of practice specializing in work with children and families. She has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings including all aspects of educational participation (Birth through Three and all level of school systems), and free-standing private practice clinics. Michelle is certified to administer and interpret the SIPT and maintains a clinical private practice specializing in the treatment of sensory processing disorders, autism and children’s mental health. Her teaching and research interests include the scholarship of teaching/learning in the health professions, therapeutic use of self and the establishment of innovative partnerships to bridge the gap between academic education, research, and ongoing clinical competence in occupational therapy practice.