2238 Schaaf, Roseann - Thomas Jefferson University - Thomas Jefferson University

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

Contact Dr. Schaaf

901 Walnut Street
Suite 605
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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


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


Sensory Integration and Praxis Test & Southern California Sensory Integration Tests AOTA Neuroscience Certificate: Neuroscience Foundations of Human Performance


Alpha Eta Honor Society, Member and President
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Switzer Fellowship - National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research

University Appointment

Professor & Vice Chair (Department of Occupational Therapy); Faculty, Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Research and Clinical Interests

Sensory Integration Research Program
Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, NICHD: "RO3 - Physiological and Behavioral Characterization of Sensory Dysfunction in Autism."Project Period September 2009 - August 2012.
Principal Investigator, Autism Speaks: "Effectiveness of Sensory Based Strategies for Improving Adaptive Behaviors in Children With Autism."Project Period September 1, 2008-August 31, 2012.
Consultant US Department of Defense AR120166 – “Tailored Behavioral Intervention for Insomnia in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
Principal Investigator, Wallace Research Foundation: "Parasympathetic Functions in Children with Sensory Processing Disorders" (Completed).
Principal Investigator, Thomas Jefferson University Medical School Intramural Research Award: "Sensory Responsivity in Children with Autism" (Completed).
Consultant, National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development "Outcome of Sensory-Based Intervention after Birth Trauma" (Completed).
Principal Investigator, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Switzer Fellowship: "Functional Behaviors and Parasympathetic Nervous System Functions in Children with Sensory Modulation Dysfunction" (Completed).
Principal Investigator, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association: "Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Sensory Modulation Dysfunction" (Completed).
Co-Principal Investigator, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group: Denver, CO: "Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory modulation dysfunction" (Completed).
Project Faculty, Department of Education, City of Philadelphia: Teaching and Learning Collaborati

Other Professional Experience

Founding Member: the Sensory Integration Research Collaborative
Guest Editor American Journal of Occupational Therapy Autism Issue
Guest Editor American Journal of Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration Issue
Reviewer: The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
                Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice
                Experimental Brain Research
           0A25 ;      Pediatrics
                The Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy
                The Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Vice Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy Thomas Jefferson University
Faculty - Farber Institute for Neuroscience.

Professional Memberships

Chair, College Faculty Advisory Committee
President, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Jefferson College of Health Professions
Faculty, American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence Based Practice Review of Sensory Integration
Editorial Board, Journal of Occupation, Participation and Health
Member: State of Pennsylvania - Autism Assessment Task Force
Member: Society for Neuroscience, Philadelphia Chapter
Member: Pennsylvania's Autism Diagnosis and Assessment Expert Working Group
Member: Sensory Processing Disorders Research Workgroup
Member: International Society for Psychophysiological Research
Research Advisory Council for Pediatric Therapy Network, Torrance, CA
Education & Research Representative: American Occupational Therapy Association, Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section
Editor: American Occupational Therapy Association, Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section, Standing Committee

Course Development

Neurorehabilitation Certificate Program
Autism Certificate Program
Neuroscience Course

Awards And Honors

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