As founder of the first comprehensive Sensory Processing Disorder research program nationwide and author of groundbreaking Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller's name is synonymous with sensory research, education, and treatment.
Dr. Miller has been investigating, analyzing, and explaining SPD to other scientists, professionals, and parents since she studied under sensory integration pioneer A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., more than thirty years ago. Since then, studies by Dr. Miller and her colleagues have helped bring SPD widespread recognition, and her work with families has improved countless lives. Thanks specifically to Dr. Miller's mobilization of the research community, SPD now appears in two diagnostic manuals: the ICDL's Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and The Diagnostic Classification: Zero to Three. Her application has led to consideration of SPD for inclusion in the 2013 revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). Dr. Miller has also developed seven nationally standardized tests for use worldwide to assess and diagnose SPD and other developmental disorders and delays. Dr. Miller's widespread recognition and enormous credibility within the professional community are part of the reason that advanced clinicians travel from all over the United States and other countries to be mentored by Dr. Miller and her team at the SPD Foundation (formerly KID Foundation) she founded three decades ago.
The prominence of Dr. Miller's research, her compassion and connection with sensational families, and her ability to explain the science of SPD clearly and empathetically make her a natural interview subject. She has been featured on NBC's Today Show and ABC's 20/20, in The New York Times and numerous other popular and professional publications. She is the author of more than sixty articles and/or chapters in scientific and professional journals, magazines, and textbooks and is a frequent presenter or speaker at conferences and workshops worldwide. She has received more than thirty funded awards and grants to further research on SPD and other childhood disabilities.
In 2004, Dr. Miller received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association, the profession's highest honor, reserved for those therapists who have made an outstanding global contribution to the field. In 2005, she was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award by the state of Colorado for her three decades of work with children who have Sensory Processing Disorder.
Sheryl BenjaminSheryl Benjamin joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and STAR Center Foundation in July 2012 as the Executive Director. She has over 30 years of experience in marketing and education in the medical field. As the first Executive Director of the Vascular Disease Foundation, Ms. Benjamin led the organization from its beginnings in 1999 to become the preeminent nonprofit organization to increase awareness and provide education about vascular disease by 2011. Some of the major accomplishments under Ms. Benjamin’s leadership included a partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General to announce the Call to Action on deep vein thrombosis, and one with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to create a national public awareness campaign on peripheral arterial disease. Another key program was receiving a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create and publish a campaign for women to prevent deep vein thrombosis called, “This is Serious”, and which received a 2011 Gold Aster Award in patient education.
From 1995 – 1999 Ms. Benjamin was the Program Director for Diabetes Treatment Centers of America at Rose Medical Center. She was responsible for management, marketing and operations including quality improvement initiatives, case management, patient education and outcomes tracking at one of the premier diabetes centers in the region. Prior to his position, Ms. Benjamin was the Director of the Center for Contemporary Health Care where she developed a successful program to help doctors market their testing services, directed CME-accredited vascular disease seminars and organized an industry association to lobby Congress for continued Medicare reimbursement.
Ms. Benjamin served from 1985-1993 as the Director of Marketing and Product Manager for Imex Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of diagnostic Dopplers and vascular recorders. Prior to joining Imex, Ms. Benjamin worked for several years in the International Marketing and Finance Departments at Cobe Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of dialysis systems and products used during plasmapheresis and heart surgery.
Ms. Benjamin is a volunteer with Foothills Art Council, serving on its Membership Committee. She was recognized by the American Diabetes Association for her outstanding contribution to diabetes in 1997. She served as a member of the Colorado State Department of Health Task Force on Diabetes and was on a task force for developing the Colorado Cardiovascular Health State Plan 2010. She served on the board of Colorado Health Strategy and Management (CHSM) from 1995 through 2003 and served as its President from 1998-2000. She coached baton for five years.
Ms. Benjamin graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and received her undergraduate degree from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, which included a year of study at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.