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Sharon Ray, Sc.D., OTR

Sharon Ray, ScD, OTR/L

Clinical Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy Program
Stony Brook University

Research & Scholarly Activities:  Dr. Ray has published in the area of parent-toddler interaction and continues her work supporting infants and families through her work with the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Families (BIDIP).

Sharon Ray, Sc.D., OTR/L received her B.S. degree in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.S. degree and Sc.D. degree from Boston University with a specialty in pediatrics. Her expertise includes the areas of feeding, pediatric neurologic and motor impairments, emotional and behavioral disorders, sensory processing disorders, and parent-child interaction. She has extensive experience supporting children and their families in school based, early intervention, and private settings. Before coming to Stony Brook University, she taught at Boston University, the University of Hartford, and Tufts University. She has published in the areas of parent child interaction, school-based practice, homelessness, and test development and critique.

Dr. Ray’s has worked with children and their families who have experienced homelessness. She is cofounder of the Homelessness Research Network that has a mission of creating a unified approach to supporting people who are homeless through research, policy, and practice. Her research involves examining the current status of occupational therapy practice with people who are homeless and examining the parent-child interactions of families experiencing homelessness. She is co-editor of Homelessness in America: Perspectives, characterizations, and considerations for Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Ray’s other area of scholarship involves supporting the role of the related service provider in the public school setting. She has provided professional development training and consultation to administrators, educators, and related service providers families with a focus on enabling the student’s effective participation within the school setting. She has also supported families through consultation and trainings. She is a school consultant for uveitis.org, an on-line support program for people experiencing ocular immunological conditions. She has facilitated various research and leadership projects related to providing services in the school setting. She has presented locally and nationally on various issues that arise in the school setting. She co-authored the Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts Public Schools and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention. She is a cofounder of the Partnership for Advancement of School Service Providers (PASS, LLC). She was a contributor to the development of: Uveitis: A Guide for Teachers and Parents by C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS.