Audrey L. Zapletal, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

She / Her / Hers

Teaching Assistant Professor
Director, MSOT Program, East Falls

Audrey L. Zapletal


4201 Henry Avenue
Ronson Science & Health R225
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Audrey L. Zapletal, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

She / Her / Hers

Teaching Assistant Professor
Director, MSOT Program, East Falls


OTD, University of Southern California, Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA
MS, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Recent Publications

Zapletal, A.L., Baird, J. M., Van Oss, T.; Prast, J., Hoppe, M., & Herge, E. A. (2022). Simulation for Health Professionals: Manual for Development & Implementation.  Philadelphia: SLACK

Schaaf, R. C., & Zapletal, A. (2010). Mastering Neuroscience: A Laboratory Guide. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

 Zapletal, A., Clements, M., Kumar, P., Merz, J. & Bellis, C. (2021). Using Standardized Patients in the Occupational Therapy Curriculum. AOTA Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 6(1), 8-11.

Baird, J. M., Prast, J., Hoppe, M., Zapletal, A., Herge, E. A., & Van Oss, T. (2018). Clinicians and Educators: A Partnership in Simulation. OT Practice, 23(19), 12-14.

Zapletal, A., Vesey, M., & Johnson, C. R. (2018). Promoting Evidence-Based Practice Within Clinical-Academic Partnerships. OT Practice, 23(17), 24-25. 

Reynolds, S., Watling, R., Zapletal, A., & May-Benson, T. A. (2012). Sensory Integration in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Education: A Preliminary Report. AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 35(4), 1-4.

Schaaf, R.C., Benevides, T. & Zapletal, A. (2010). Chapter 2: Neurobiological Basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview. In H.M. Kuhaneck & R. Watling (Eds.), Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

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  • National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: Pennsylvania
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification
  • Advanced Certification in Sensory Processing Disorders Level I: Sensory Processing Disorders Foundation with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • Credentialed Leader in Academia, American Occupational Therapy Association

Professional Societies

  • Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Past Advisory Board Member, Camp Dream Street, Mississippi

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Understanding the impact of using standardized patients and high-fidelity simulation encounters in occupational therapy education
  • Evaluating instructional methods and methods of developing teaching teams to enhance occupational therapy education and training
  • Enhancing participation of children with physical disabilities in a camp setting

Awards & Honors

  • Honorary Service Award, Camp Dream Street, Utica, Mississippi for long-standing continued service and contributions, 2018
  • Fred and Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Laboratory Teaching, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Thomasina Award for Bravery in Teaching, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
  • Appreciation Award, KS&A (Knowledge, Support and Action) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Rookie of the Year Award, KenCrest Adult and Children's Services, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • Florence G. Hunter for Professionalism, Boston University, Sargent College, Boston, MA, 1999