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This program will not only launch you forward in the field of research, but it will propel forward the world’s understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder as a whole. We highly recommend that you join us as we continue to deliver empirical evidence that shapes SPD treatment, strategies, and most importantly families.

5/1/2019 to 5/3/2019
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec St. Ste. 103
Greenwood Village, Colorado  80111
United States
Presenter: Stephen Camarata, PhD, Lucy J. Miller, PhD, OTR/L, and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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Research Mentorship Program

Learn to initiate studies that can be completed over the course of the next year. Receive in-depth training from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Sarah Schoen, and Dr. Stephen Camarata from Vanderbilt University. Obtain support and further mentoring from us during your quarterly phone meetings. We prefer that you attend with a partner from your site, but it is possible to attend as an individual if you have the proper support in place. Please email education@spdstar.org to get the details on individual attendance so that you can get the most out of this program.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here



Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
Founder, STAR Institute for SPD

Dr. Miller brings a wealth of research and treatment experience to share with participants, having authored more than 75 articles and two books about SPD and sensory issues. Her nine norm-referenced scales include: Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, Japanese Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, First STEP, Primer Paso, Toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation, Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised, Stoelting-Brief Intelligence Scale, Short Sensory Profile, Miller Function and Participation scale, and the new Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills. The Sensory Over and Under-Responsivity Scales is also currently under development. She has received the Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the State of Colorado.


Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Research, STAR Institute for SPD

Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 25 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. During her fellowship she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Previously, Dr. Schoen taught in the graduate program of occupational therapy department at New York University and served as an advisor for advanced master degree students' research. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997.


Stephen Camarata, PhD
Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences Department, Vanderbilt University

Stephen Camarata received his PhD in 1984 at Purdue University with a major in Audiology & Speech Sciences and a minor in Statistical Methods. Post doctoral appointments have been held at the University of Arizona (Speech & Hearing Sciences) and at the University of California, San Diego (in Cognitive Science). Dr. Camarata held faculty positions at Penn State University and in the Autism Research Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and an Associate Professor of Special Education. In addition, he is an Investigator at the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Development and Disabilities (serving as Acting Director of that Center from 1999-2002). Dr. Camarata’s area of research interest are focused on the identification and treatment of speech and language disorders in children. Populations of interest include autism, Down Syndrome, phonological disorder, and language disorder. He is currently a permanent member of the NIH study section on Developmental Disabilities and Child Psychopathology.



$1,300 per person

Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $260 (applicable toward the full tuition). For those accepted into the program,the deposit is not refundable should you cancel your registration. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded.

Continuing Education

STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.

Approximately 21 Professional Contact Hours (2.1 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of the program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn to initiate studies that can be completed over the course of the next year.
  • Receive in-depth training from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Sarah Schoen, and Dr. Stephen Camarata from Vanderbilt University. 
  • Obtain support and further mentoring from us during your quarterly phone meetings. 

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