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Nana Koch

Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science
Associate Professor

B.A., Adelphi UniversityM.A. Adelphi University
M.Ed. Columbia University, Teachers College
Ed.D Columbia University, Teachers College


Nana Koch, Ed.D, is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science. Her areas of specialization include curriculum design, physical education methods, dance and dance/movement therapy. She is dedicated to teaching pre-service teachers in the department how to use movement as a tool that enhances the learning process and promotes physical literacy, skill proficiency and practices that lead to fitness and health.  She is also the department edTPA coordinator, teaching seminars that prepare students for the new certification exams.

In addition to her responsibilities at LIU Post, Dr. Koch consults with school districts and gives keynotes at conferences aimed at decreasing obesity and increasing physical activity and healthy nutritional practices in the schools

For six years Dr. Koch was a consultant to the Rockland County Health Department and the Rockland Teachers’ Center Institute. With a grant funded by Steps to a HealthierNY, she worked with these organizations to create Learning in Motion, a professional development program for K-12 teachers focused on teaching them how to integrate physical activity into lessons in academic subject areas in the Common Core.  Here she also served as the lead teacher, promoting the research findings indicating that fit students do better academically.  

Dr. Koch is a Certified Movement Analyst, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State.  She utilizes her expertise in these areas to teach the dance therapy module in the newly created Creative Arts Therapy course taught in the Art Therapy Program at Post.

In the international arena, Dr. Koch has given seminars and workshops at the Pan American School in San Jose, Costa Rica that have provided its K-12 teachers with ways to include physical activity into their lessons to keep their students fit and focused.  In Pune, India, she worked with those who sought to increase their personal awareness of self through movement experiences. Last summer and this coming, she was invited to teach courses on dance/movement therapy and group process in Beijing, China to groups of dancers, teachers, social workers and human resource specialists.


  • Curriculum Design
  • Elementary Methods in Physical Education
  • Dance
  • Dance/movement Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy



Koch, N., & Melson, B., (1998).  “Dance/movement therapy”.  In J.D. Nospitz (Ed.), Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry.  New York:  Wiley

Koch, N. (2006) “The 3Rs in Motion: Health, the body and learning” has been accepted and is being featured in the Practice Notes section of an upcoming edition of the Journal of Health Education and Behavior

Koch, N. (2006). “The 3Rs in MotionConference Proceedings of theJoint Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association and the National Dance Education Organization 

Koch, N. (2006). “How to be healthy and fit for a lifetime.” Community View article, appearing in the January 19, 2006 Rockland edition of The Journal News, a Gannett newspaper publication.

Koch, N (2004). “An Interview with Claire Schmais and Elissa White”.  American Journal of Dance Therapy.   26 (2) 91-117.

Sakiyama, Y., & Koch, N. (2003). “An issue of touching in dance therapy in Japan.” American Journal of Dance Therapy.25 (2) 79-95.

Koch, N., (1984) .  “Content analysis of leadership variables in dance therapy”.  American Journal of Dance Therapy. 7, 58-75.

Koch, N. (1984).  “Interview with Liljan Espenak”.  American Journal of Dance Therapy. 4(2), 4-20.

Koch, N. (1974).  “Movement Exploration on a City Block”.  In Publication of New York State Education Department.

Koch, N. (1990). “Mildred:  The first 90 years”.  The Gerontologist, 30(50), 716-717.

Koch, N. (1987).  “No maps on my taps”.  The Gerontologist, 27(2), 248

Accreditation report
2002-2006. Architect and co-author of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) accreditation Inquiry Brief. This document was prepared for Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus.  It reflects on the quality professional preparation programs offered by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science, that seeks both New York State and national accreditation.

Lectures and Presentations

October 12, 2012

  • 47th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Co-presenter: “How to Create an Effective Alternate Route Course: Demystifying the Course Approval Process.”

November 11, 2011

  • Invited dance therapy film discussant at the Expressive Therapies Summit at the New School University in New York City.

November 2010, November 2011, November 2012

  • Dance/movement therapy workshop for St. Thomas Aquinas College Art Therapy students, seeking to understand how different creative arts therapies relate.

September 2, 2009

  • Workshop on diversity and multiculturalism in physical education, presented at Superintendent’s Conference Day at Pine Bush Schools, Pine Bush, New York.

April 30, 2009

  • Simple Ways to Use Physical Activity in the Classroom: Based on Learning in Motion.” Workshop at 3rd Annual Rockland County School Symposium for teachers, administrators, parents, health educators, school nurses, Boards of Education and Health Committee Members.

March 4-5 2009

  • Physical activity and academics: Learning while in motion.” Staff development training for teachers at the Pan American School in San Jose, Costa Rica.

November 20, 2008

  • Building a Skill-Based K-5 curriculum Using Proven Progressions & Assessments to Inspire Children.” This peer-reviewed presentation was given at the 71st annual conference of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held in Verona, New York

November 7, 2008

  • “Learning in Motion.” Panel member and workshop leader at the Childhood Wellness Conference in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Steps to a HealthierPA Luzerne County.

November 1, 2008

  • “Dance Movement Therapy:  Embracing our Differences, Finding our Core.” This peer-reviewed presentation will be made at the 43rd Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Austin, Texas.

July 2008

  • Appointed as a member of the Subcommittee for Approval of Alternate Route Candidates on the American Dance Therapy Committee on Approval.

January 2008

  • My presentation, entitled: “Learning in Motion: An innovative School Health Promotion Program”, was accepted by the Oxford Round Table for presentation in their March 9-14, 2008 forum on public policy. The theme for this conference was Obesity: The Affluent Society and the Quest for Treatment.

September 28, 2007

  • Assessing Client Behavior.” Thispeer-reviewed presentation was given at the 2007 conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Brooklyn, New York. “Assessing Client Behavior” was published in the conference proceedings.

September 7, 2007

  • Invited keynote speaker and workshop leader at the Westchester Community Opportunity Program Pre-service Conference.  Topic: Healthy Children Learn Better: The Brain-Body Connection. This presentation was followed by a workshop, entitled: “The Moving Child-Physical Activity in the Classroom.”

June 8 & 9 2007

  • In April, 2007, I was chosen by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, in conjunction with the State Education Department, as one of 100 turnkey trainers throughout New York State to train professional physical educators on how to use the PE Profile. The Profile is an assessment instrument for high school students to determine their performance in, among others, physical fitness, skill acquisition, and their strategic knowledge of sports. On June 8 & 9, I participated in the Regional Staff Development Training that taught us how to rollout the PE Profile.

June –August 2007

  • I was the external evaluator of arts programs for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

April 10, 2007 and November 6, 2007

  • Superintendent’s Conference Day, Pine Bush Schools, Department of Health and Physical Education. These presentations, for all the district’s physical education elementary school educators, focused on integrating academic subject matter into physical education lessons.

November 30, 2006 and November 17, 2005

  • Presentation at Saint Thomas Aquinas College –Topic: “Dance Therapy.”  Invited by Carol Lagstein, CSW, Instructor in Art Therapy. 

November 15, 2006

  • New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 69th Annual State Conference held in Rye, New York.  I was a panelist, along with pedagogy and field professors from four-year New York State colleges and universities offering health and physical education programs. The workshop’s title: “Cooperating Teachers, Shaping Our Future.” Two PowerPoint presentations were presented. The first was focused on the unique qualities of our department’s field programs.  The second was on service learning during student teaching.

November 7, 2006 

  • Superintendent’s Conference Day, Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Department of Health and Physical Education. This presentation, for all the district’s health and physical education elementary school educators, focused on assessment and instructional alignment, differentiated classroom instruction and alternative assessments.

November 4, 2006 

  • Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc. “Get Up and Move: Exercise, the Brain and Learning” is the presentation/workshop designed to teach child care workers why physical activity is essential to the health of the child’s brain, body and emotions.

October 31, 2006 

  • American University, Washington, D.C. “Art in the Classroom” was the topic discussed with master’s level students in Arts and Community, a 3-credit graduate course in the university’s Arts Management Program. The focus was on case studies of three arts program collaborations involving public schools and established arts organizations in the New York metropolitan area.

October 2006 

  • “The 3Rs in Motion” Thispeer-reviewed presentation was given at Choreographing Collaboration, a joint conference of the American Dance Therapy Association and the National Dance Education Organization, held October 18-22 in Long Beach, California. “The 3Rs in Motion” was published in the conference proceedings.

June 2006 

  • New City Library, New City, New York.  “Move and Stay Fit: Move It to Lost It.”This participation workshop, which was designed for parents, provided a variety of physical activities that parents can perform with their children at home and in the community to help everyone in the family stay in shape.

May 2, 2006 

  • Keynote Speaker- Annual conference of the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. – Topic: “Why children need to move.” In addition, following the keynote, I co-led a workshop for 70 childcare workers on how to incorporate physical activity into their daily programs.

November 11, 2005

  • Presenter at the 68th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance-Rochester, New York. Presentation title: “The 3Rs in Motion: Health, the body and learning.”

November 5, 2005

  • Keynote speaker at the annual conference of Child Care Resources of Rockland. Topic: “Why children need to move.”

November 3, 2005 

  • Speaker at the Northeast Regional Childhood Wellness Team Conference: Wilkes-Barre, PA. Topic:The 3Rs in Motion: Health, the Body and Learning.”  

November 2004

  • Presenter at 67th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, held in Buffalo, New York November 3-6, 2004. Topic: “Accrediting a program: Considering the issues.”

September 2004

  • Radio show guest - Appeared on WRCR, Rockland County’s radio station.  The topic of discussion was the “Steps to a Healthier Rockland schools program.” \

May 2004

  • Presenter- Queens Council on the Arts. Presentation title:  “Program Evaluation and Student Assessment.

July 2004

Reviewer of Education Foundation of America grant proposal for Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.

November 2002 

Presenter: The Balanced Mind Conference-Tilles Center, Long Island

  • University/C.W. Post Campus. “Dance as a Force Behind an Integrated Curriculum”

Fall 2001

  • Guest Speaker: Seminar for the Merit Fellowship Honor’s Program – C.W. Post Campus “Out of the Box Teaching”


Professional dance performance

Performed in the May 14, 2004 showing of “Grazed by a Comet.” This dance, choreographed by Susan Cherniak, was part of the 2004 Dance Connection: Choreography Showcase at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.


  • 2012-Excellence in Teaching Award, American Dance Therapy Association
  • 2011-Amazing Person Award-Higher Education/Professional Preparation Section of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Movement Science
  • 2009-Higher Education Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education and Movement Science


I was honored at the 2nd Annual Gala Dance Concert and Reception for the New York State Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association , for my “work and dedication during the making of [the film] Moving Stories: Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy, and ongoing contributions to the field of dance/movement therapy.” I served as the interviewer of the dance/movement therapists featured in this educational film.