Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Schaaf, Roseann

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Roseann C. Schaaf

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

Contact Dr. Schaaf

130 S 9th 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


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

University Appointment

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

Professional Societies

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

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Autism
  • Sensory integration/multisensory integration
  • Intervention research
  • Neural markers of sensory integration (fMRI, autonomic nervous system; EEG)

Awards & Honors

  • A. Jean Ayres, Research Award, The American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 2008
  • Bridges to the Ivory Tower Research Award, Pediatric Therapy Network, 2007
  • Dean's Faculty Achievement Award, Thomas Jefferson University, 2005
  • Switzer Fellowship - National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, 2001-2002
  • Service Award, 1993-1996, 1996-1999
    American Occupational Therapy Association Developmental Disabilities SIS
  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1996
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Thomas Jefferson University, 1996
  • Fred and Sayde Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical and Laboratory Instruction, 1993
  • Master Clinician Award of Excellence, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 1990
  • Cordelia Myers Writer's Award, 1985
  • Graduate Teaching Assitantship, Temple University, 1981


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Erratum: (American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2018) 72: 1 DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2018.029017)
  2. Efficacy of occupational therapy using ayres sensory integration®: A systematic review
  3. Introduction to the evaluation in ayres sensory integration® (EASI)
  4. Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  5. Manualization of occupational therapy using ayres sensory integration® for autism
  6. Application of data-driven decision making using ayres sensory integration® with a child with Autism
  7. Toward a Best-Practice Protocol for Assessment of Sensory Features in ASD
  8. Creating evidence for practice using data-driven decision making
  9. Ayres sensory integration®intervention
  10. Linking Sensory Factors to Participation: Establishing Intervention Goals with Parents for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  11. Sensory integration and praxis patterns in children with autism
  12. State of the science: A roadmap for research in sensory integration
  13. Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan
  14. Sensory interventions for children with autism
  15. Response from authors to comments on "An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: A randomized trial"
  16. Interrater reliability and discriminative validity of the structural elements of the ayres sensory integration® fidelity measure©
  17. State of measurement in occupational therapy using sensory integration
  18. An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: A randomized trial
  19. Occupational therapy based on ayres sensory integration in the treatment of retentive fecal incontinence in a 3-year-old boy
  20. Autonomic Dysregulation During Sensory Stimulation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder