Understanding the functional implications of neuropsychiatric disorders including Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), and application of sensory tools to reduce disruptive behaviors in adolescence with psychosocial needs. Optimizing oral health for individuals with disabilities at home and in the dental office using sensory, motor, and behavioral interventions.
Janice Tona, PhD, OTR, is an occupational therapist and an educational psychologist, with over nearly four decades of experience as an OTR and nearly three decades of experience in academia. . In addition to expertise in curriculum design and scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Tona is particularly interested in working with children with sensory and motor difficulties as well as children with behavioral challenges. Her research seeks to improve quality of life for children with disabilities and their caregivers, including individuals with Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). Dr. Tona practices collaboratively with dental health practitioners to modify the dental environment, improve access, and optimize comfort for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the dental office.
Dr. Tona currently serves as Academic Affairs Alliance co-chair for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association as well as an American Occupational Therapy Association Scholarship of Teaching and Learning mentor. Her teaching experience includes courses in pediatrics, neuroscience, evidence-based practice, service delivery issues, interpersonal communication, and group process, and career development Her doctoral dissertation focused on the development of clinical reasoning among occupational therapists and students.