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. Neural foundations of ayres sensory integration®
  2. Occupational therapy interventions for children and youthwith challenges in sensory integration and sensory processing: A clinic-based practice case example
  3. Occupational therapy interventions for children and youthwith challenges in sensory integration and sensory processing: A school-based practice case example
  4. Sensory Features as a Marker of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  5. Ayres Sensory Integration Meets Criteria for an Evidence-Based Practice: A Response to Stevenson [2019]
  6. A systematic review of ayres sensory integration intervention for children with autism
  7. Erratum: (American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2018) 72: 1 DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2018.029017)
  8. Efficacy of occupational therapy using ayres sensory integration®: A systematic review
  9. Introduction to the evaluation in ayres sensory integration® (EASI)
  10. Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  11. Manualization of occupational therapy using ayres sensory integration® for autism
  12. Application of data-driven decision making using ayres sensory integration® with a child with Autism
  13. Toward a Best-Practice Protocol for Assessment of Sensory Features in ASD
  14. Creating evidence for practice using data-driven decision making
  15. Ayres sensory integration®intervention
  16. Linking Sensory Factors to Participation: Establishing Intervention Goals with Parents for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  17. Sensory integration and praxis patterns in children with autism
  18. State of the science: A roadmap for research in sensory integration
  19. Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan
  20. Sensory interventions for children with autism