Avi-Itzhak, Tamara

Avi-Itzhak, Tamara

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy

Phone: 718-262-2000
Office Location: AC-1E12F


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Technion, Israel Institute of technology  Social Planning  1977 
MA  City College, City University of New York  Sociology  1973 
BA  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey  Sociology  1972 

Program/educational outcomes assessment- my expertise includes formative and summative assessments of educational outcomes (learning and teaching) as well as program outcomes (effectiveness in obtaining goals and objectives).
Psychometric properties evaluation- my expertise includes assessment of reliability (interrater and inter consistency reliability) and validity (construct and concurrent validity) in professional screening and assessment tools.
Statistics and methodology -my expertise includes issues related to statistical procedures and research design. My expertise areas are reflected in my publications and presentations and international conferences as well in the ongoing outcomes evaluation that I perform in the OT department. 

Areas of Expertise

Program/educational outcomes assessment
Psychometric properties evaluation
Statistics and methodology

Books in Field Of Expertise

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Articles in Field Of Expertise

Avi-Itzhak, T. & Krauss, A.. "Assessing Occupational Therapy Students' Clinical Competence for Entry-Level Work-Related Practice." Work. In Press: .

Robinson, J. P. Bradway, C. W. Bunting-Perry L. Avi-Itzhak, T. Magino, M. Chittamns, J. & Duda, J. E.. "Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men with Parkinson's Disease." Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. In Press: .

Robinson, J. P., Burrell, S. A., & Avi-Itzhak, T.. "Validity testing of the Stopwatch Urine Stream Interruption Test in Radical Prostatectomy Patients." Journal of Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing. 39 2012: 545-551.

Rouggiero, J. & Avi-Itzhak et al.. "Sleep and Psychomotor Vigilance in Female Shiftworkers." Biological Research for Nursing. 14 2012: 223-233.

Obler, D. R. & Avi-Itzhak, T.. "Evidence-Based Practice: A Concurrent Validity Testing of the VMI and WRVMA in Children ages 4-11 /in press." Perceptual and Motor Skills. 113 2011: 377-385.

Avi-Itzhak, T. & Krauss A.. "A Formative Outcome Assessment for Evaluating Occupational Therapy Students' Proficiency and Skills Required for Passing the NBCOT Computer-Based Cerification Test." Journal of Allied Health. 39 2010: 81-87.

Avi-Itzhak, T & Krauss, A.. "The Clinical Value of the VMI Supplemental Tests: A Modified Replication Study." Optometry and Vision Science. 85 2007: 1007-1011.

Robinson, J., Avi-Itzhak, T. & McCorcle, R.. "Psychometric Properties of the Male Urogenital Distress Inventory (MUDI) and Male Urinary Symptom Impact Questionnaire (MUSIQUE) in Radical Prostatectomy Patients." Urologic Nursing. 27 2007: 512-518.

Chiarielo, B., Avi-Itzhak, T. & Obler, R.D.. "Comparing Supervisors'and Students' Level II Clinical Compettence Evaluation and Their Relationship to AFaculty Didactic CompetenceEvaluation: How Close Are We?." Israeli Journal of OT. 14 2005: 110-15.

Lucas, J. Avi-Itzhaak T.. "Continuous Quality Improvement as an Innovation: Which Nursing Facility Adopts It"." Gerontologist. 45 2005: 68-77.

Dimasso, J., Avi-Itzhak, T. & Obler, R. D.. "The Clubhouse Model: An Outcome Study on Attendence, Work Attainment and Status, and Hospitalization Recidism." Work. 17 2001: 23-30.

Avi-Itzhak, T. and Kellner, H.. "Fieldwork Centers Approach: Supervisors' Perceptions of a Fieldwork Educational Alternative." Israeli Journal of OT. 21 1996: 18-26.

Avi-Itzhak, T. & Kellner, H.. "Preliminary Assessment of a Fieldwork Educational Alternative: The Field Center Approach." American Journal of OT. 49 1994: 133-138.

Avi-Itzhak, T. & Ben-Shem, I.. "Work Values of Freshman in Allied health and Helping Professions: A Comparative Study." The OT Journal of Research. 7 1993: 253-270.

Avi-Itzhak, T & Kellner, H.. "A Longitudinal Study for Predicting Performance in an OT Educational Program." Israeli Journal of OT. 1 1992: 10-25.

Ben-Shem i. & Avi-Itzhak, T.. "On Work Values and Career Choice in Freshman Students: The Case of the Helping Professions." Journal of Vocational Behavior. 39 1991: 369-379.

Lefkofsky, S. & Avi-Itzhak, T.. "Pragmatic Learning and Media Course at New York University." American Journal of OT. 45 1991: 788-794.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Avi-Itzhak, T.. "Attitudes of University Faculty Members Towards Student Ratings: A Macro-Dimensional Approach." Studies in Educational Administration. 2 1983: 255-262.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"Delmar Cengage Learning Publishing House "Clinical Research In OT"" 2010: 612.


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" On Standardized Tests of Visual Perception and Motor Skills in Assessing Typically Developing Palestinians, Israeli and American Kindergarten Children: A Cross-Cultural Approach " 2011: National AOTA Conference.

" Differences in Admissions Methods/Weights between Public and Private Occupational Therapy Educational Programs " 2010: New York State Occupational Therapy Association.

" On Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills in Typically Developing Palestinians, Israeli and American Kindergarten Children: A Cross-Cultural Comparisons " 2010: World Federation of Occupational Therapy Association.

" Does Performance on the VMI Predicts Performance on the BOT in Children ages 5-11 referred to OT Srvices? " 2010: National AOTA Conference.

" A Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Visual Perception and Motor Skills in Typically Developing Palestinians, Israeli and American Children " 2010: World Federation of OT.

" Volunteer Leadership in Professional Organizations: A Motivational Profile " 2010: National AOTA Conference.

" Reported Stress among Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Nursing Students/Poster " 2010: National AOTA conference.

" The Effects of Experiential Learning on Developing Communication Skills in Occupational Therapy Students?Poster " 2010: National AOTA Conference.

" The Generalizability of the Sensory Motor and Motor Tests in ChildrenAges 5-11 referred to OT Services " 2009: National AOTA Conference.

" The Ability of the NBCOT Certification Examination Readiness Tool to Predict Performance on NBCOT CBT Practice Exam " 2009: National AOTA Conference.

" Reported Stress among Occupational TherapyPhysical Therapy, and Nursing Students " 2009: National AOTA Conference.

" Increasing Occupational Therapy Students' Proficiency and Skills Required for Passing the NBCOT Computer-Based Cerification Test: An Assessment of a Testing Preparation Seminar " 2008: National AOTA Conference.

" An Exploratory Study of the Lower Urinary Tract Symptom and Quality of Life in Men with Parkinson Disease-the Second Stage " 2008: HSR&D National Meeting.

" The Clinical Value of the Beery VMI Integration Supplemental Tests: A Modified Replication Study " 2008: National AOTA Conference.

" A Qualitative and Quantitative Outcome Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Particiapation in a Workshop for Parents for Children with Special Needs " 2008: National AOTA Conference.

" Basic Research Design for the OT Practitioner " 2007: New York State OT Association Conference.

" Single Mothers Caring for Children with a Disability: Obstacles Encountered Lessons Learned " 2006: National AOTA Conference.

" Visual Motor Skills as a Predictor of Language Fundamentals: An Investigation of Practice and Measurement-Related Issues " 2005: National AOTA Conference.

" Developing Clinical Research: Seeking Evidence of Efficacy " 2004: New Jersy State OT Association Conference.

" The Construct Validity of the VMI and the WRVMA " 2004: National AOTA Conference.

" The Relationship of Fieldwork Performance, Didactic Performance and Coping Style/Strategies: A Quantitative Study " 2003: National AOTA Conference.

" Increasing Tripod Grasp in Typically Developing Children Ages 4-5 " 2002: Worl Federation of OT.

" An Innovative methodology for Teaching OT/OTA Role Delineation " 2002: National AOTA Conference.

" The Effect of the Clubhouse Model on Employment Statust and Rehospitalization Recidivism " 2002: National AOTA Conference.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Catherine-Ann Lawrence Literary Excelence Award for the paper: Psychometric Properties of the Male Urogenital Disteree Inventory (MUDI) and the Male Urinary Symptom Impact Questionnaie (MUSIQ) in Radical Prostatectomy Patients.-, Nurologic Nursing Association: 2007.


York College,RFP, York technology Fee Committee. 2007: $3,500.

York College, RFP, York College technology Fee Committee. 2009: $3,500.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Reviewer- Journal Child Development: 2013-.

Reviewer- Journal of Alled Health Professions: 2010-.