Lucy Jane Miller, PhD

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Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, founded the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in 1979 in Colorado. She served as that organization’s Executive Director until recently, when she moved into the role as Research Director. Devoted to the study and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) for 35 years, she is spearheading the effort to gain recognition of SPD as a separate diagnosis. She is known internationally for generating awareness and acquiring funding for SPD research programs.

Dr. Miller is also the prolific author of norm-referenced standardized assessments, two books, and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In her world-renowned assessments, Dr. Miller brings creativity and fun to the testing process, enabling children to perform at their highest level rather than become frustrated with tedious activities. This is the basis for the new Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL).

Dr. Miller’s degrees include a bachelor of arts in psychology, master of arts in occupational therapy, and doctorate in early childhood special education with an emphasis in educational research. The American Occupational Therapy Association honored her with its highest accolade, the Award of Merit. The State of Colorado, in recognition of Dr. Miller’s more than 30 years of work with children who have disabling conditions, presented her with its Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. 

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Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills


Lucy Jane Miller, et al.

Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills

(GOAL) W-614

By Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, Thomas Oakland, PhD, and David S. Herzberg, PhD

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