Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller , PHD

Asst Professor - Educator

Assistant Professor

Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Room 260
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Phone 513-558-5122

Professional Summary

An assistant professor and occupational therapist who is passionate about the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community. I received my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013 and my PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2022. My dissertation was completed on the inclusion of children with disabilities in community settings.

I worked as a school-based occupational therapist in Northern Kentucky for three years. I then completed a competitive American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) residency in pediatric Occupational Therapy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in May of 2017. This residency year included participating in our UCEDD's (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program where I served as our trainee liaison to the national UCEDD network.

I am state licensed in Kentucky and Ohio and nationally registered with a recognized specialty in Pediatrics.


Master of Science: Eastern Kentucky University 2013 (Occupational Therapy)

Bachelor of Arts: Georgetown College 2009 (Psychology)

PhD: University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, 2022 (Rehabilitation Sciences)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Will, M.N., Currans,, K., Smith, J., Weber, S., Duncan, A., Burton, J., Kroeger-Geoppinger, K., Miller, V., Stone, M., Mays, L., Luebrescht, A., Heeman, A., Erickson, C., & Anixt, A. (2018. ) Evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder .Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, , 1 -17

Miller, V.P., Leigers, K., Howell, D., Kitzman, P., & Ault, M. (2022. ) Using social network analysis to measure social inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. .Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, , 25 ,

Ault, M.J., Slocum, V., Collins, B.C., Leahy, M.M. and Miller, V. (2021. ) Perceptions of faith leaders on the inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in their communities .Journal of Disability and Religion. , ,

Miller, V.P., & Skubik-Peplaski, C. (2020. ) A systematic review of supports for participation in faith settings for individuals with disabilities. .Inclusion , , 8 (2 ) ,


Invited Presentations

Valerie Miller (01-04-2023. ) Improving Clinical Outcomes: Strategies for Managing Difficult Behaviors and Challenging Clients .Blount Memorial Hospital - Online, Other Institution. . Level:Department

Valerie Miller (09-15-2022. ) Increasing Social Inclusion for Children with Disabilities in Faith-Based Settings .University of Kentucky Research Seminar, Online.

Valerie Miller (05-05-2021. ) Understanding the Experiences of Faith-Based Volunteers Serving Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in their Faith Settings .University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences 20th Anniversary Celebration, Online.

Poster Presentations

Valerie Hill, Erin Wagner, Valerie Miller (03-27-2023. ) Results of the Healthy GOALS Efficacy Study of a Life-management Intervention on Engagement in Meaningful Activities and Quality of Life Post-stroke .American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO . . Level:National

Valerie Miller (09-28-2022. ) The Use of Adult Coaching to Support Children with Disabilities: A Scoping Review .Ohio Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati Ohio. . Level:State

Miller V., Wolfer, K., & Goings, J. (11-11-2021. ) Complementary Perspectives: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Independent Living Skills .State of the Art Annual Conference, Online. .

Miller, V., Thompson, B., Schwarz A., & Cartrwight, B (04-16-2021. ) Understanding the Experiences of Faith-Based Volunteers Serving Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in their Faith Settings .University of Cincinnati Annual PRaISE Presentation, Cincinnati, Ohio. .

Miller V., Wolfer, K., & Goings, J. (10-08-2020. ) A Model for Interdisciplinary Synergy in Comprehensive Transition Programs .ThinkCollege Annual Director’s Meeting, Online. .


Valerie Miller (10-18-2021. ) Does Every Child Have a Church? .Online.

Honors and Awards

2019 UC Mental Health Champion UC Student Government


University of Cincinnati (Faculty Grievance Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 10-2023

Open Journal of Occupational Therapy Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:Prof. Org. 10-2023

Ohio Occupational Thearpy Association (Annual Conference Planning Committee ) Member Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:State 01-2022 -09-2022

University of Cincinnati (Mental Health Champion ) Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 01-2020

Contact Information

Academic - Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267
Phone: 513-558-5122