Helene Smith-Gabai, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCPR

Helene Smith-Gabai OTR/L, PhD, BCPR

Associate Professor

Joined Brenau University: 2013

EDUCATION     

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, CUNY Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Clinical Doctorate, Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Doctor of Philosophy, Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

RECENT AWARDS

GOTA award for years of service as listserv administrator 2015

PRACTICE EXPERTISE & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

Area of expertise: Acute care

AOTA Board certification in physical rehabilitation

Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute CarFit technician and event coordinator certifications

COURSES OFFERED

OT626/OT636: Adults & Older Adults Lecture & Lab; OT639/OT639L: Neuroscience Lecture & Lab; OT621/OT622: Functional Kinesiology Lecture & Lab; OT608: Professional Reasoning: Adults/Older Adults

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Moral distress experienced by OT professionals related to meeting SNF productivity demands

Post intensive care syndrome

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Gabai-Smith, H. & Holm, S. E. (2019). Introduction to OT discharge planning in acute care. Part of a series of online courses on OT discharge planning in the acute care setting. Medbridge. Seattle, WA.

Holm, S. E. & Gabai-Smith, H. (2019). Discharge planning: Evaluation and readmission reduction strategies. Part of a series of online courses on OT discharge planning in the acute care setting. Medbridge. Seattle, WA.

Gabai-Smith, H. & Holm, S. E. (2019). Understanding OT’s distinct value in discharge planning. Part of a series of online courses on OT discharge planning in the acute care setting. Medbridge. Seattle, WA.

Smith-Gabai, H., Kuzminski, S. & Eldridge, E. (2018). Surveying moral distress among skilled nursing facility practitioners. OT Practice, 23(18), p. 24-25.

Ohtake, P. J., Lee, A. C., Scott, J. C., Hinman, R. S., Ali, N. A., Hinkson, C. R., Needham, D.M., Shutter, L., Smith-Gabai, H…Smith, J. M. (2018). Physical impairments associated with Post–Intensive Care Syndrome: Systematic review based on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Framework. Physical Therapy, 98(8), 631-645.

Smith-Gabai, H. & Robertson, L. (2017). Acute care. In B. Schell & J. Schell (Eds.), Clinical and professional reasoning in acute care (2nd edition). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Smith-Gabai, H. & Holm, S. (Ed.) (2017). Occupational therapy in acute care (2nd edition). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. Book chapters authored and co-authored: Preface, cardiac system, pulmonary system, gastrointestinal system, oncology, hematologic system, common diagnostic tests, transplantation, and laboratory values.

Smith-Gabai, H. (2016). Occupational therapy discharge planning and recommendations in acute care: An action research study (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database. (Order No. 10188959)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Smith-Gabai, H.  Basic principles of ethics and occupational therapy (January 2018). Brenau University, Norcross, GA.

R. Cantu, Smith-Gabai, H. & Wright, T. Ethics and jurisprudence (November 2017). Northeast General Medical Center, Gainesville, GA.

Smith-Gabai, H. Ethics and occupational therapy: Looking at the big picture (September 2017). Emory Healthcare. Atlanta, GA.

Smith-Gabai, H. An Action Research Approach to Occupational Therapy Discharge Planning in the Acute Care Setting. Scientific research panel (April 2017). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo. Philadelphia, PA.

Smith-Gabai, H. & Evangelist, M. Current Trends in Organ Transplantation: Meeting the Unique Needs of the Transplant Patient. Poster presentation (April 2017). American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo. Philadelphia, PA.

Smith-Gabai, H. Occupational Therapy in the Acute Care Setting. (October 2015). Chattahoochee Technical College. Austell, GA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Georgia Occupational Therapy Association: Continuing education committee (2015-present); Ethics committee (2018-present); Listserv moderator (2003-2017). Atlanta, GA.

CarFit technician (2019). Georgia Department of Public Health car safety event, Duluth, GA.

Contributor AOTA Benchmark Beta (content area chronic conditions) (2018). American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD.

Volunteer Brenau University’s community Falls Expo developed by Dr. Graham (2018).Gainesville Civic Center, Gainesville, GA.

Proposal reviewer, Annual Conference & Expo (2017 & 2018). American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD.

CarFit event coordinator (2016-2019). Gainesville, GA.

Member post intensive care syndrome guideline (PICS) development group (2014-2018). American Physical Therapy Association. Alexandria, VA.

Board certification application reviewer (2007-present). American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD.

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