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In Memoriam: A Tribute to Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

It is with sadness that this announcement is posted, which Teresa May-Benson submitted to this site:

Jane A. Koomar, owner and co-founder of OTA the Koomar Center and President of the Board of the Spiral Foundation, died February 24, 2013 after a three year battle with cancer. She was well known for her work as a clinician, researcher, educator, and mentor. Dr. Koomar founded OTA, an internationally known clinic providing state of the art sensory integration-based occupational therapy. She studied with Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed the theory of sensory integration and served as a mentor and role model to hundreds of occupational therapists. Author of several book chapters on sensory integration difficulties and intervention and co-author of the SMART and SAFE PLACE models using sensory regulation strategies in psychotherapy and collaborative care, she has taught courses on these topics throughout the country. Koomar was an assistant professor in occupational therapy at Boston University where she completed her master’s in Occupational Therapy, and her doctorate in developmental psychology. She was a Professor of Practice at Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She was an ardent supporter of sensory integration research, establishing the non-profit Sensory Processing Institute for Research and Learning (Spiral Foundation). She published numerous articles related to sensory integration with colleagues of the Sensory Integration Research Collaborative (SIRC). Koomar served as the chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section. She was a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and was honored with numerous awards including the A. Jean Ayres award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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