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Thomas Jefferson University - Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

JSHP : Occupational Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University
College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy
Vice Chairman and Associate Professor
Thomas Jefferson University

Faculty, Farber Institute for Neurosciences

Mailing Address
824 Edison Building
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
United States
Contact Information
Phone: (215) 503-9609
Roseann.Schaaf@jefferson.edu
Qualifications
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, Neural and Behavioral Sciences 2001


M.Ed., Temple Univeristy, 1982


B.S, Occupational Therapy, Temple University, 1977

Expertise and Research Interests
Physiological (autonomic nervous system)measures in children with sensory processing dysfunction and children with Autism; outcomes of occupational therapy interventions for children with disabilities, brain-behavior interactions; sensory processing; play.

Current Research Projects
Parasympathetic Functions in Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

- The Impact of Atypical Sensory Responsivity on Participation for Children with Autism

The role of Yoga in decreasing sensory defensiveness in adults with anxiety and sensory over responsivity.
- Sensory Processing Styles and Occupational Roles
- Outcomes of Occupational Therapy using a Sensory Integrative Approach
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Autonomic nervous system functions in children with sensory modulation dysfunction.

Relations between Autonomic Nervous System functions and leisure activity choices in young adults.
Relations between atypical sensory processing and participation in functional activities for children with autism.
Other Expertise
GRANT ACTIVITIES
Principal Investigator, Wallace Research Foundation: Parasympathetic Functions in Children with Sensory Processing Disorders, Funded $90,550. Project Period January 1, 2006- June 30, 2008.

Principal Investigator, Jefferson College of Health Professions Summer Explorer Funds: Exploring the feasibility of conducting efficacy study on occupational therapy for Children with Autism, Funded $3,000. Project Period July 1, 2005- August 25, 2006.

Principal Investigator, Thomas Jefferson University Medical School Intramural Research Award: Sensory Responsivity in Children with Autism, Funded $10,000. Project Period August 15, 2004- August 14, 2005.

Principal Investigator, Jefferson College of Health Professions Summer Explorer Funds: Sensory Dysfunction in Children with Autism, Funded $3,000. Project Period June 1, 2004- August 31, 2004.
Principle Investigator: Jefferson College of Health Professions Summer Explorer Funds: "Atypical Sensory Responsivity in Children with Autism" $4,400 (June 1, 2003- August 31, 2003).

Consultant: National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R21HD/AR41614-01) Outcome of Sensory-Based Intervention after Birth Trauma, R21 One-Year Planning Grant RFA, [$75,000]

Principle Investigator: Functional Behaviors and Parasympathetic Nervous System Functions in Children with Sensory Modulation Dysfunction. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Switzer Fellowship: $45,000 (July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002).

Principle Investigator: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Sensory Modulation Dysfunction. Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association: $1,000 (July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001).

Co-Principle Investigator: Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory modulation dysfunction. Developmental Psychobiology Research Group: Denver, CO: $5,000 (April 30, 2000 - April 30, 2001).

Project Faculty: Department of Education: City of Philadelphia: Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Funded $4,550

Project Faculty: United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Collaboration and Consultation: Occupational Therapy in School Systems. Funded $450.00. Project period 1998-2001.

Selected Presentations

Invited Presentation. Sensory integration: Updates and future directions, focus on autism. Planned, hosted and served as primary speaker. Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, June 17, 2005 .

Invited Presentation. The sensory integrative perspective. Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, March 10-15, 2005 .

Invited Presentation. Sensory integration perspective: Updates and future directions. Occupational Therapy Consultants, Somerset, NJ, November 4, 2004.

Juried Presentation /Poster. Brett-Green, BA, Schoen, SA, Coll, J, Schaaf, RC, et al. Psycho-physiological variability in children with Asperger''s syndrome. The Society for Psycho-physiological Research 44 th Annual Meeting, Santa Fe , New Mexico, October 24, 2004.

Invited Presentation. Sensory Integration Intervention. Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, October 7-11, 2004.

Schaaf, R. C. Pediatric Therapy Network Annual Research Symposium, Long Beach California. Sensory Processing, Neuroplasticity and Activity. February 27, 2004.

Schaaf, R. C. The Greek Association of Occupational Therapy, Athens, Greece. Sensory Integration Theory and Practice. Five day workshop: July 2-6, 2003.

Schaaf, R. C. World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden: Parasympathetic activity in children with atypical sensory responsiveness: June, 26, 2002

Sensory Integrative Disorder: Symptoms or Syndrome? Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXVI: Disorders of Communication in the School-Aged-Child: From Autism to ADHD. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland, March 30, 2004.

Sensory Processing, neuroplasticity and activity: Implications for intervention. Children''s Hospital of Philadalphia, Annual Byram Fellowship Lecture Series, April 20, 2004

Sensory Processing, Neuroplasticity and Activity. Pediatric Therapy Network Los Angeles, California: R2K: Neuroplasticity, Sensory Integration and Research Symposium.

An Introduction to Sensory Integration with Infants and Toddlers, The Philadelphia Early Childhood Conference, March 12, 2003.

Psychophysiologic Assessment of Children with Sensory Modulation Dysfunction. Pediatric Therapy Network, Los Angeles, California. R2K: Research in Psychobiology and Sensory Integration, Feb 9-11, 2001.

Use of vagal tone as a marker for stress vulnerability. Medical College of Pennsylvania/Drexel, Philadelphia, PA: Neuroscience Seminar, February, 21, 2000.

Sensory Modulation Dysfunction in Children: Physiological Correlates. A.I. DuPont Institute Rehabilitation Seminar, September, 29, 2000.
Keywords
Autism; Child Development; Development Process; Mother-Child Interactions; Occupational Therapy; Pediatrics; Physiological Measures; Physiological Process; Play; Play; Regulatory Disorders; Sensory Integration Or Sensory Processing; Sensory Modulation Dysfunction; Vagal Tone
Publications
  • Schaaf, R. C. & Nightlinger, K. (2007). Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integrative Approach: A Case Study of Effectiveness. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 239-246.
  • Miller, L.J., Shoen, S., Coll, J.R., Schaaf, R.C., James, K., Benzel, J. (2007). Part 1: Lessons Learned: A Pilot Study of Occupational Therapy Effectiveness for Children with Sensory Modulation Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 161-169
  • Parham, l. D., Cohn, E., Spitzer, S., Koomar, J, Miller, L.J, Burke, J.P., Brett-Green, B., Mailloux, Z., May-Benson, T., Roley, S.S., Schaaf, R.C., Shoen, S., Summers, C. (2007). Fidelity in Sensory Integration Intervention Research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Mailloux, Z, May-Benson, T, Summers, C., Miller, L.J., Parham, l. D., Cohn, E., Koomar, J, Burke, J.P., Brett-Green, B., Roley, S.S., Schaaf, R.C., Shoen, S.. (2007). Goal Attainment Scaling as a Measure of Meaningful Outcomes for Children with Sensory Integration Disorders. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 216-226.
  • Miller, L.J. & Schaaf, R.C. (in press). Sensory Processing Disorder: An Overview. In Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development.
  • Schaaf, R. C. & Miller, L.J. (2005). Novel Therapies for Developmental Disabilities: Occupational Therapy using a Sensory Integrative Approach. Journal of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 11, 143-148.
  • Smith Roley, S Burke, JB, Cohn, E, Koomar, J, Miller, LJ, Schaaf, RC , et al. (2005). A strategic plan for research. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 28, 1-3.
  • Brett-Green, BA, Schoen, SA, Coll, J, Schaaf, RC, et al.(2004). Psycho- physiological variability in children with Asperger''s syndrome. Psycho- physiology ,. 41 (abstract).
  • Schaaf, RC & Burke, JB. (2004). Program of research in occupational therapy and sensory integration. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda , Maryland , 27, 3 & 6.
  • Schaaf, R.C. , Miller, L.J, Sewell, D. & O''Keefe, S. (2003). Preliminary study of parasympathetic functioning in children with sensory modulation dysfunction and its relation to occupation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57, 442-449.
  • Schaaf, R.C., Miller, L.J, Sewell, D. & O''Keefe, S. (2003). Preliminary study of parasympathetic functioning in children with sensory modulation dysfunction and its relation to occupation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(4), 442-449. (juried journal)
  • Smith-Roley, S., Blanche, E. and Schaaf, R.C. (Eds.). (2001). The Nature of sensory integration with diverse populations. Tuscon, AZ: Psychological Corporation. Co-Editor of Book.
  • Schaaf, RC and Anzalone, MA. (2001). Sensory Integration with Infants and Young Children. Chapter In S. Roley, E. Blanche and R. Schaaf (Eds). Sensory Integration with Developmental Disabilities, Psychcological Corporation.
  • Blanche, EI and Schaaf, RC (2001). Proprioception: The sixth sense. Chapter In S. Roley, E. Blanche and R. Schaaf (Eds). Sensory Integration with Developmental Disabilities, Psychological Corporation.
  • Schaaf, R.C., and Burke, J.P. (1997). What happens during play: A neurodevelopmental perspective. In B. Chandler (Ed.) The Essence of Play, A childs occupation. Rockville, MD; The American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Schaaf, R.C., Sherwin, L., & Youngblood, N. (1997). An interdisciplinary, environmentally based model of care for children with HIV infection and their families. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 17 (3), 63-85. (juried journal).
  • Schaaf, R.C., Swenson-Miller, K. & Burke, J.P. (1996). A collaborative approach to meeting the need for faculty personnel in early intervention. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 9,2/3, 51-72(juried journal)..
  • Burke, J.P. & Schaaf, R.C. (1996). Integrating family narratives and play assessment. In L.D. Parham (Ed.), Play: A Clinical Focus in Occupational Therapy. St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Schaaf, R.C., & Lewerenz, T. (1996). Sensory processing in at-risk infants. American Occupational Therapy Association Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Newsletter, 19,(1),1-4.
  • Schaaf, R. (1996). From the editor. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Newsletter, 19,(2)1.
  • Schaaf, R.C. (1994). Neuroplasticity and sensory integration, parts 1 &2. Sensory Integration Quarterly, 22, (1), 1-5; 1-6.
  • Schaaf, R. C. (1993). Strategies for optimizing learning for children who are substance exposed and/or HIV positive. Elchade: Educators learning about children with HIV & Drug Exposure (1993). A Curriculum Guide. Contributing author.
  • Levin, R., Corcoran, M., Kolodner, E., and Schaaf, R., (1993). A Curriculum Based on system Theory. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol. 47(7) (juried journal).
  • Schaaf, R. & Davis, W. (1992). Promoting Health and Wellness in the Pediatric Disabled and "At Risk" Population, in: Rothman, J. and Levine, R.(Eds.), Prevention Strategies in Clinical Practice, Philadelphia: WB Saunders.
  • Schaaf, R. & Burke, J. (1992) (Eds.): Sensory Integration and Play (issues 1 & 2) American Occupational Therapy Association, Special Interest Section Newsletter, Rockville, MD: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Schaaf, R. & Burke, J. (1992). Clinical Refections on Sensory Integration and Play. In R. Schaaf and J. Burke (Eds.) American Occupational Therapy Special Interest Section Newsletter, Rockville: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Schaaf, R. & L. Mulrooney (1989). "Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention: A Family Centered Approach". American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 43,(11), 745-754 (juried journal).
  • Schaaf, R. (1990) "Play Behavior and Occupational Therapy". American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol. 44, (1), 45-52. (juried journal).
  • Schaaf, R. & L. Gitlin (1989). "Early Intervention: New Directions for Occupational Therapists". Occupational Therapy in Health Care. Vol. 6 (2/3). (juried journal).
  • Schaaf, R.C. Merrill & N. Kinsella (1987). "Sensory Integration and Play Behavior: A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy, Using a Sensory Integrative Approach. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, Vol. IV, 2. (juried journal).
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