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Susan Stallings-Sahler, Ph.D., OTR/L., FAOTA

Susan Stallings-Sahler
Professor and Director of Research, Occupational Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5344 sstallings@nova.edu

Dr. Stallings-Sahler has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 30 years as a pediatric clinician, educator, researcher, and business entrepreneur. She earned the B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, the post-professional M.S. in Pediatric Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Stallings-Sahler is certified in Sensory Integration and studied with Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the founder of the sensory integration approach in OT. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath approach) for children and infants.

Dr. Stallings-Sahler’s research includes a key role in the development and North American standardization of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests; current development of the Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI) and several other projects related to pediatric practice.

Her diverse areas of service to the OT profession include being Chair of the AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section; a member of the ACOTE Roster of Accreditation Evaluators; Editor of the Developmental Disabilities Quarterly; member of the Board Certification in Pediatrics development group; Chair of the NBCOT Program Directors Advisory Council; and member of the Georgia State OT Licensure Board.

Dr. Stallings-Sahler is a recipient of the North Carolina OT Association’s Award for Outstanding Practice in Pediatrics; and the AOTA Roster of Fellows award (FAOTA).

In her somewhat limited free time, she enjoys riding her bike, photography, doing family history research, watching Florida Gator sports, and hanging out with husband, Hunter and daughter, Ashley.

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