Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Schaaf, Roseann

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Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contact Dr. Schaaf

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-9609
(215) 503-2950 fax


PhD, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
MEd, Motor Development, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BS, Occupational Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Licensed Occupational Therapist, Pennsylvania
Sensory Integration and Praxis Test
AOTA Neuroscience Certificate: Neuroscience Foundations of Human Performance

University Appointment

Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty, Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Professional Societies

American Occupational Therapy Association
Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
International Society for Autism Research
Founding Member, Sensory Integration Research Collaborative
Society for Psychophysiological Research

Research & Clinical Interests

Sensory Integration/Multisensory Integration
Intervention Research
Physiological Markers (Autonomic Nervous System)

Awards & Honors

Alpha Eta Honor Society

Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Switzer Fellowship - National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research

A. Jean Ayres, Research Award, The American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Dean's Faculty Achievement Award

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

Service Award - American Occupational Therapy Association

Abrams award for Excellence in Clinical and Laboratory Teaching

Master Clinician Award - Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. Manualization of occupational therapy using ayres sensory integration® for autism
  3. Application of data-driven decision making using ayres sensory integration® with a child with Autism
  4. Application of Data-Driven Decision Making Using Ayres Sensory Integration(®) With a Child With Autism
  5. Toward a Best-Practice Protocol for Assessment of Sensory Features in ASD
  6. Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan
  7. Creating Evidence for Practice Using Data-Driven Decision Making
  8. Autonomic dysregulation during sensory stimulation in children with autism spectrum disorder
  9. Creating evidence for practice using data-driven decision making
  10. Ayres sensory integration®intervention
  11. State of the science: A roadmap for research in sensory integration
  12. Sensory integration and praxis patterns in children with autism
  13. Linking Sensory Factors to Participation: Establishing Intervention Goals with Parents for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  14. Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan
  15. Sensory interventions for children with autism
  16. Response from authors to comments on "An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: A randomized trial"
  17. An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: A randomized trial
  18. State of measurement in occupational therapy using sensory integration
  19. Interrater reliability and discriminative validity of the structural elements of the ayres sensory integration® fidelity measure©
  20. Occupational therapy based on ayres sensory integration in the treatment of retentive fecal incontinence in a 3-year-old boy