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Marian Arbesman Marian Arbesman
Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences (Secondary)

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Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • BS, Cornell University Statutory Colleges, College of Human Ecology, 1974
  • MS, Columbia College of Physicans and Surgeons, Occupational Therapy, 1976
  • Ph.D,, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 1995


Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and epidemiologist. She has experience in teaching, conducting research, and mentoring students. Her present area of specialization is in Evidence-based Practice, and she is the methodologist for the American Occupational Therapy Association's Evidence-based Practice Guideline Series. She has published widely in a variety of journals including American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Nursing, Women & Health, and OT Practice


PrasLechayim Grant for ALS Biomarker Study (ArbesIdeas, Inc.) (2008-2009) in collaboration with Columbia University Departments of Neurology and Dermatology.
Project Coordinator, Evidence-based literature Review and Practice Guideline on Older Adult Driving and Transportation Issues
                        American Occupational Therapy Association (2003-2006) 
Evidence-Based Literature Review on Occupational Therapy and Children's Psychosocial Competence – Peer and Social Interaction
                        American Occupational Therapy Association (2002) 
Evidence-Based Literature Review on Occupational Therapy and Children’s Psychosocial Competence – Compliance with Adult Directives, Following Social Roles and Norms, and Task-Focused Behavior American Occupational Therapy Association (2002)
The role of out-of-home activities for community-dwelling older adults (2003) - UUP Individual Development Award
Travel Grant (2001-2002) UUP Individual Development Award 


Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2016
AOTA Service Recommendation, 2016
2010 Distinguished Alumna Award, Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy
Cordelia Myers Writer’s Award, American Journal of Occupational Therapy for “An evidence-based perspective on the effect of  automobile-related modifications on the driving ability, performance, and safety of older adults”
Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge Discovery Prize (ArbesIdeas, Inc.)
Abram and Ruth Pugash Family Fund Award, Jewish Family Service
Society for Epidemiologic Research, Student Workshop, 1993
Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society 


Evidence-based practice (graduate), Adults with Physical Dysfunction (graduate), Occupational Behavior (graduate), Injury Prevention Throughout the Life Span (graduate), Issues in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery (undergraduate), Creativity Assessment (graduate), and Human Development throughout the Life Span (undergraduate). 


While Marian's present main area of research and expertise is in evidence-based practice, she also has research experience in other areas. These include falls and injury prevention, play, creativity, productive aging, entrepreneurship, retirement, and reinvention.  

Centers and Institutes

Community Service

Distinct Value Work Group, American Occupational Therapy Association
Clinical Practice Committee, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine
Evidence Based Practice Committee, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Peer Reviewer – BMC Public Health, Clinical Epidemiology, Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Healthcare Leadership, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, Ophthalmic Research, Pediatrics
Grant Peer Reviewer – National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Abstract Reviewer, Injury Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association (1999-2007)
Research Chair, New York State Occupational Therapy Association – Niagara Frontier District  (2001-2002)
Co-Chair Accreditation Committee, Department of Occupational Therapy, SUNY at Buffalo (2000-2003)
Coordinator, Partnership to End Violence in Children and Youth, Women and                                              
Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (1998-2000) Healing Arts Committee, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (1998-2000)

Selected Community Volunteering
Judge – 43 North Business Competition (2015-present)
Advisory Board, Amherst Center for Senior Services (2012-present)
Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, Strategic Planning Committee and Demographic Study, Technical Committee
Invention Convention, Buffalo Chapter (2007-2008)
President, Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County 


  • Occupational Therapy


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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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