Curriculum Vitae



Trident International University -Cypress, California

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science; concentration in Health Care Administration and Public Policy, July 2017

Mercer University of Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia

Master of Science Degree in Health Care Policy and Administration, March 1995

Utica College of Syracuse University – Utica, New York 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy, July 1989


Certification in Sensory Integration Evaluation and Intervention, Western Psychological Services/University of Southern California Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration, January, 2009

Certified in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), National Tourette Syndrome Association, July 2016

Certified in Hippotherapy, North America Hippotherapy Association, June 2005

Certified in Youth Mental Health, June, 2015


Full-time limited term faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy, Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, August, 2018-May, 2019

*Courses taught to Master’s Level Occupational Therapy Students

*OT 8010 Administration, Management, and Ethics

*OT 8000 Health Care Policy

*OT 6221 Assistive Technology and Environmental Assessment and Intervention Across the Lifespan (co-taught)

*OT 6211 Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention Across the Lifespan (co-taught)

*OT 6100 Analysis of Occupation (co-taught)

*CNHP 3200 Interprofessional Education (IPE) co-taught

* Admissions Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Department

*Work with faculty and staff to manage internal and external communications

*Student advisor

*Advisor to Student Occupational Therapy Student Organization

Part-time faculty, January-May 2018, Department of Occupational Therapy, Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

*Taught graduate students in the Occupational Therapy Masters Program

*SNHP 8010 Administration, Management, and Ethics

*SNHP 8000 Health Care Policy

Private Practice Occupational Therapist (January 2013 –present) Atlanta, Georgia

*Conduct school consultations

*Perform individual occupational therapy evaluations and make referrals

*Certified CBIT interventionist for individuals with tics

*Provide training and in-services when requested

*Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, July, 2019

Adjunct Professor (January 2012-June, 2013) Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

*Taught Pediatric Clinical Reasoning, Supervision, Administration and Management, Policy

*Clinical Fieldwork Educator; Center for Productive Living, Brenau University, Norcross, Georgia

*Faculty Advisor to Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association    (BOTSA), Norcross, Georgia (2012-2013)

Staff Occupational Therapist (August 2001-June 2011) The Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, Georgia           

*Evaluation and treatment of individual children with a variety of developmental disabilities in the occupational therapy outpatient clinic

*Administration of screening/evaluations to children in 4 different school programs, which included programs for children with learning disabilities and for children with hearing impairments

*Provided consultative services and therapeutic activities to classroom teachers and students on a weekly basis

*Education Coordinator for OT Department

*Clinical Fieldwork Educator to students of Occupational Therapy

*Developed school based ergonomic program; completed formal ergonomic evaluations and recommendations for all faculty and staff as needed

Director of Occupational Therapy (June 1995 – July 2001) The Adaptive Learning Center for Infants and Children, Inc., Marietta, GA 

*Supervised occupational therapy staff

*Evaluated and treated children (ages birth to 5 years) with a variety of sensory motor and developmental delays

*Clinical Fieldwork Educator to occupational therapy students

*Member of the Adaptive Learning Center Advisory Board

Per Diem Occupational Therapist (February 1995-2001) North Fulton Regional Hospital, Department of Occupational Therapy, Roswell, GA

*Evaluation and treatment of adults with orthopedic and neurological impairments in acute care and on a rehabilitation unit.

*Supervision of occupational therapy assistant

Occupational Therapy Supervisor (August 1991-December 1994) Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA

Development of a Youth and Young Adult Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Program with specialization in pediatric/adolescent spinal cord injury.

*Patient evaluation and treatment planning

*Supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistant

*Development of specialized Home Evaluation Form

*Development of Home Exercise Manual.

*Coordinator of Animal Assisted Therapy Program

*Clinical Fieldwork Educator to occupational therapy students

*Organization and presentation of educational programs.

*Participation on committee responsible for development of hospital-wide strategic plan.

Lead Occupational Therapist-Brain Injury Program (July 1989-July 1991) Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital, Melbourne, Florida

*Patient evaluation and treatment planning.

*Specialization in the treatment of the agitated patient

*Development and implementation of Cognitive and Behavioral Rehabilitation Program for all levels of Brain Injury

*Policy and Procedure Development for Brain Injury Team for CARF Certification

*Clinical Fieldwork Educator to occupational therapy students

*Organization and presentation of educational programs

*Presentation of Brain Injury Prevention Program to area high schools.


American Occupational Therapy Association

*Member, (1989-present)

*Member, Affiliated State Association Presidents, (2003-2008)

*State Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, (2009-2013)

*Member of the RA Operations and Functions Ad Hoc Committee (2011-2012)

*Member of the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee Operations and Functions Task Force (3 months in 2012)  

*Member of the Emerging Leaders Development Program, Development         Committee, (2008-2010)

*Chair, Emerging Leaders Development Committee, (2010-2013)

*Member, RA Awards and Recognitions Committee, (2010-2013)

*Chair, AOTA Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, (2013 -2016)

*AOTA Conference Paper Proposal Reviewer, (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)

*Emerging Leaders Development Program Mentor, (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)

*Speaker of the Representative Assembly (2016-2019)

*Member, AOTA Board of Directors (2016-2019) (2020-2023)

*Executive Director Search Committee Member (November, 2017-April, 2018)

Georgia Occupational Therapy Association

*Member, (1991-present)

*Board Member, (1996-2008)

*Liaison to Georgia Medicaid Program, (1997-2003)

*Liaison to GA Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program, (1997-2003)

 *President, (2003-2008)

*Public Relations/Marketing Chair, (1996-2003)

*Secretary/Treasurer of the Atlanta District, (1993-1995)

*Co-Chairperson, Manpower Committee, (1992-1994)

*Co-Chairperson, Pediatric Mentoring Program, (1998-2000)

*Awards and Recognitions Committee Chair, (2008-2012)

*Fiscal Advisory Committee member, (2009, 2010)

Community Volunteer Work

*Coordinator of “The Southeastern Network of Occupational Therapists for Ayres Sensory Integration”, a specialty practice group for therapists who provide Ayres Sensory Integration; activities include mentoring, sharing practice ideas, research, and evidence (2009-present)

*Field Coordinator for purposes of data collection for the development of the Evaluation of Ayres Sensory Integration Evaluation (EASI) (2015-present)

*Member, State Management Team for Project AWARE, Georgia Department of Education, school based mental health provider stakeholder member/advisor (January 2016-present)

*Chattahoochee Technical College OTA Program Advisory Committee Member, (2013-present); provide feedback on curriculum and student learning activities, guest lecturer

*City of Roswell Special Populations Inclusion Committee (2008-2011) participated in coordinating accessibility efforts and developing specialized programming to meet the needs of individuals with special needs/disabilities in the community

*Member of Georgians for A Healthy Future, an advocacy group concerned with health care access for all Georgians to promote health and wellness, (2012-2014)

*Member of the Cover Georgia Coalition, an advocacy group for the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia to promote health and wellness for all Georgians (2012-2014)

*OT Consultant to the Roswell Child Development Association, Georgia Pre-K and day care center for children at risk due to economic disparities; advisor to Parents as Partners Program supporting parents of children who are born at risk for developmental delays (2013-2016)

*Canine Assistants (2007-2008); helped socialize and train dogs that were in training to become assist dogs for individuals with disabilities

*Volunteer occupational therapist with NAHRA Hippo-therapy therapeutic riding program for children with special needs, (1994-1998)

*Lose the Training Wheels (July 2006); a day camp for children with disabilities to teach children of all ages how to ride bikes

*YMCA of East Cobb, Board Member (October 2016-June, 2023); served on an advisory board for distribution of funds and planning of events that support the YMCA programs

*Camp Twitch and Shout, T.I.C.S of Georgia, Athens, GA (July, 2016, 2017); residential summer camp for children ages 8-17 with Tourette Syndrome


*Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, (2008)

*Barbara E. Grant Award of Merit, The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association, (2012)

*AOTA Service Commendations: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

*Selected to participate in the AOTA Leadership Institute (2008)

*Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award, Child Development Association, Roswell, GA (2016)

*Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) (2017)


Hinerfeld, D., (June, 2019).  Early Childhood Screening and Evaluation.  Best         Practices in Early Childhood.  (in press)

Hinerfeld, D., (July, 2019).  Leadership Versus Management:  Differences and          Skill Sets.  The Occupational Therapy Manager

Hinerfeld, D.R., (2017).  Predictors of social change leadership values for entry level occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students. Unpublished dissertation.  Retrieved from

Hinerfeld, D. (2013).  Book Review:  Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals, Third Edition.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27(1). pp.71-72.

Sitting Still:  Is it Sensory or is it ADHD? article for Impact ADHD website,, August 2013

Hinerfeld, D. (2013).  GOTA Attends Healthcare Unscrambled.  GOTA Newsletter.

Hinerfeld, D., (2012).  GOTA position paper: The Use of Sensory Integration in the Treatment of Children with Difficulties in Sensory Integration

RA Updates, (2009-2013). Reports to GOTA newsletter on AOTA Representative Assembly updates (8 articles)

GOTA President Reports, (2004-2008); 16 newsletter updates for GOTA newsletters

For Parents of Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Parent Pages, Sensory Integration Global Network website,  August 2009

Georgia Child Care Grant, 1996, $800.00. Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in the Natural Environment. Babies Can’t Wait Early Intervention Program of Georgia. PI

Hinerfeld, D., (1995).  A Safe Discharge Environment:  A Communication System for an Adolescent with C-5 Quadriplegia and His Hearing Impaired Parents. Journal of the American Paraplegia Society, 18(2).


A Safe Discharge Environment:  A Communication System for an Adolescent with C-5 Quadriplegia and His Hearing Impaired Parents; poster presentation at The American Spinal Injury Association, Orlando, Florida, May, 1995.  (peer reviewed)

A Safe Discharge Environment:  A Communication System for an Adolescent with C-5 Quadriplegia and His Hearing Impaired Parents, paper presentation at the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, Nashville, TN, April, 1994 (1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

101 Ways to Include Children with Special Needs in the Preschool Environment, The Georgia Association for Young Children Conference, Jekyll Island, GA, February 1995 (3 hours) (peer reviewed)

The Use of Animal Assisted Therapy with the Spinal Cord Injured Child, The American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Denver, CO; April 1995 (1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in the Natural Environment, presentation to child-care providers, Albany, Georgia, October 1996 (6 hours) (peer reviewed)

Tips for Inclusion:  A Guide for the Pediatric Practitioner from Assessment to Treatment in the Least Restrictive Environment, GOTA Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 1997 (3 hours) (peer reviewed)

Infant Massage, presentation to new mothers in the lactation support program of Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA, August 1998) (1 hour) (invited)

Typical Child Development, presentation to Roswell/Alpharetta East M.O.M.S Club members, Roswell, GA, April, 1998 (1 hour) (invited)

The Alert Program, in-service for teachers at the Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, GA, 2003 (1.5 hours)

Support for Handwriting and Fine Motor Skills for Use in the Classroom, High Meadows School, Roswell, GA; teacher in-service, August 2004 (1.5 hours) (invited)

Occupational Therapy as Your Future Career, Career Day at Henderson Mill Middle School, Atlanta, GA, November 2008 (1 hour) (invited)

Sensational Classrooms, presented at the Georgia Independent Schools Association conference (GISA), Atlanta, GA, November 2009 (2 hours) (peer reviewed)

Collaborative Occupational Therapy:  Using a Consultative Model in a School Based Setting.  Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Athens, GA.  October 2010.  (3 hours) (peer reviewed)

Mastering the Skills for the Job of Learning, The Georgia Independent Schools Association Conference (GISA), Atlanta, GA, November 2011 (2 hours) (peer reviewed)

Accepting the Leadership Challenge:  From Emerging to Sustainable Leaders, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Macon, GA; September 2011 (1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Pediatric Evaluation, Advanced Rehabilitation Services, Marietta, GA, February 2012 (2 hours) (invited)

Use It or Lose It:  The Appropriate Use of Sensory Integration in the Treatment of Pediatrics, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Augusta, GA, September 2012 (2 hours) (peer reviewed)

Occupational Therapy and Ayres Sensory Integration:  Helping children with Autism develop active participation skills in meaningful life activities, Georgia Autism Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2013 (1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Ready, Willing, and Able:  Leadership and You! AOTA Student Conclave, Jacksonville, FL, November 2012 (1.5 hours) (invited)

Advocacy:  How you can get involved in things that matter, Brenau University Student Conclave, Atlanta, GA, March 2013 (1.5 hours) (invited)

Update on Health Care Reform: Federal and State issues and the impact on practice, GOTA District Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2013 (1 hour) (invited)

Taking Your Leadership to New Heights, Short Course AOTA Conference, San Diego, CA, 2013 (co-presented for 1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Taking Charge of the Evidence, AOTA Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2013 (co-presented for 1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Leadership Development, Short Course at AOTA Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2014 (co-presented for 1.5 hours)

Oh, The Places You’ll Go:  Developing Yourself as a Leader in the Profession of Occupational Therapy, Keynote Address to the Brenau OTS Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2014 (1.5 hours) (invited)

Commencement Address, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, December 2014 (20 min) (invited)

Leadership and Leadership Opportunities at State and National Levels, Alabama Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference, Gulf Shores, AL, 2014 (1 hour) (invited)

Demystifying Leadership, AOTA Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2015 (co-presented for 1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

OTA Leadership, AOTA Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2015 (co-presented for 1.5 hours; 20 minutes speaking time) (peer reviewed)

Making Every Moment Count in Georgia, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Gainesville, GA, September 2015 (1.5 hours) (peer reviewed)

Leadership Development, presentation/workshop co-presented to the AOTA Representative Assembly, Indianapolis, IN, April 2014 (2 hours) (invited)

Work Smarter, Feel Better, in-service for administrators at the Atlanta Speech School on ergonomics and job safety.  Atlanta, GA, 2010 (1 hour)

Fidelity in Ayres Sensory Integration.  Presentation to members of Southeastern Network of Occupational Therapists for Ayres Sensory Integration, Atlanta, GA, September 2012 (1.5 hours)

Managing a Preschool Classroom.  Presentation to teachers at the Trinity School, Atlanta, GA, October 2010 (2 hours) (invited)

Sensory Strategies for Preschoolers, presentation to teachers at Roswell Presbyterian Church preschool, April 2015 (2 hours) (invited)

Leadership and You as You Become Occupational Therapy Assistants, Presentation to OTA students at Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, GA, April 2016. (2 hours) (invited)

Personal Paths to Leadership, Short Course presented at the AOTA Conference, April 2016; co-presented for 1.5 hours (20 minutes) (peer reviewed)

Animal Assisted Therapy, television interview, NBC Nightly News, filmed at Shepherd Center in January 1993. 

Tips for Handling a Baby for Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Web MD, web video, Atlanta, GA, January 2010

Pain Does Not Have to Cramp Style, newspaper interview, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, July 2008

Spotlight on a Leader, Pulse for the Healthcare Professional, magazine interview, February 2009

Community of Leaders, interview for AOTA web article, March 2013

AOTA Boardroom to Classroom, Jefferson Community College, October 13, 2016

AOTA Boardroom to Classroom, Brenau University, November 11, 2016

AOTA Boardroom to Classroom, Xavier University, January 26, 2017

AOTA Boardroom to Classroom, Colorado State University, March 20, 2017

AOTA Boardroom to Classroom, Augusta University, August, 2017

Sensory Integration and the NICU Graduate:  effects on behavior and strategies to help children thrive in their environments, Developmental Progress Clinic at Emory University Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, February 24, 2017 

Tics NOT Ticks:  an emerging area of practice for occupational therapists. AOTA Student Conclave, Birmingham, AL, October, 2017.

The Development of Social Change Leadership Skills in Entry Level Occupational Therapy Students, World Federation of Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Capetown South Africa, May, 2018. (poster)

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics: An Emerging Practice Area for Occupational Therapy, The Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Jekyll Island, GA, September, 2018.

References available upon request