Elizabeth Duffy | Occupational Therapist




Liz began her pediatric OT career after graduating from Elizabethtown College in 2001. Prior to joining Springboard, she worked in private practice for over 16 years at Pediatric Therapeutics in Chatham, with a large focus on sensory processing, self-regulation and child/family development. In addition to individual evaluation and treatment, she co-led The Zones of Regulation group, developed creative movement and summer school readiness groups, coordinated staff and community education programs and blogged for their newsletter. Before diving into private practice, Liz got her start at Children’s Specialized Hospital (inpatient, outpatient, feeding team) and later spent 10 years working with Intensive Therapeutics, helping develop and provide a variety of group, intensive therapy and camp programs. She has also spent several years contracting to school districts in addition to clinic-based work.


Liz has received her SIPT certification, completed an Intensive Mentorship program with the SPD Foundation STAR Center, is a certified provider of The Listening Program, is working towards Brain Gym Certification and weaves her extensive knowledge of yoga, dance, exercise and movement principles into her OT practice. Having a background in performance and worked towards a theater minor in college, Liz loves to share her voice to educate, inspire and empower others. She has provided numerous workshops on sensory processing to schools and educational organizations, guest lectures annually at Kean University, and supervises students. On a smaller scale, she has a strong appreciation for the time she spends providing parent and family coaching. Additionally, Liz worked with the Discovery Toys company and used her OT expertise to educate families and colleagues about the value of object play in brain development and learning.


Outside the love and passion that drives her OT career, Liz has a full family life with her husband, two school-aged children and local extended family. She loves to drink coffee, practice yoga, get out in the sun and nature whenever possible, eat good food, make things beautiful, get lost in a project, gather people together and be part of several communities, always striving for joy and balance in all her occupations and roles. She dedicates much of daily work work to her cousin Tracy, a woman with autism, who at a young age inspired her to become an OT.