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

Zapletal, Audrey

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Audrey L. Zapletal

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

Contact Dr. Zapletal

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-9615
(215) 503-3499 fax


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


  • 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

University Appointment

Assistant Professor

Professional Societies

  • Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • 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