Sharan L. Schwartzberg
L. Schwartzberg, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, CGP, FAGPA
Affiliated Faculty, Urban Environmental Policy & Planning
New York University
Dr. Schwartzberg teaches
courses on group leadership and use of groups as a therapeutic and educational
modality. Her research is directed
toward understanding the impact of group therapy on individuals with severe
mental illness and chronic conditions.
She has published several books on topics including group work, the
therapeutic relationship, gender, envy and competition, and ethical/legal
dilemmas in occupational therapy.
Mainly known for her work developing the
Functional Group Model, she has facilitated process groups for graduate
students and practitioners from a variety of fields including occupational
therapy, school psychology, urban environmental planning, psychiatry, nursing,
and social work. Dr. Schwartzberg is
presently manualizing the Functional Group Model and developing measures of
After 21 years of serving as Department Chair of
Occupational Therapy, Dr. Schwartzberg is currently Coordinator of the Doctor of
Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at Tufts University. Her interdisciplinary
work brings her to the School of Medicine where she holds secondary appointments
as Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine.
Her research takes place on the Medford Campus and at Tufts Medical
Center Inpatient Psychiatry Unit where she is working with dental students to
understand the perceptions of psychiatric patients’ oral health and implications
for group intervention. Devoted to the development of group work research and
practice, she is a board member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
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