Wayne State University
Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy



Office location

EACPHS, Room 2210


Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Department of Health Care Sciences
Faculty Affiliate of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan's UCEDD)

Degrees and Certifications

PhD in Sociology, Wayne State University (2006)
Master of Occupational Therapy, Loma Linda University (2002)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (1998)

Nationally Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR): NBCOT
Michigan Occupational Therapy Registration & License

Positions and Employment

2011- To date: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Department of health Care Sciences
EACPHS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202

2006-2010: Associate Director for Research,
Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan, UCEDD),
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202

2007-2010: Part-Time Faculty in Occupational Therapy
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202

2004-2006: Occupational Therapist in Out-patient Hand Therapy Clinic
Henry Ford Medical Centers at West Bloomfield & Sterling Heights, MI

2003-2004: Occupational Therapist (Nursing Homes in Detroit & Wayne, MI)
Rehabilitation Solutions Inc.

2000-2001: Graduate Assistant (Clinical & Academic responsibilities)
Department of Occupational Therapy,
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

1999-2000: Assistant Lecturer & Clinical Occupational Therapist
Department of Occupational Therapy
Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences
Manipal, Karnataka, India.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, Michigan Occupational Therapy Association
  • Recipient of the Faculty Research Award Program (2012) of EACPHS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Recipient of the Merit Switzer Research Fellowship (2008) of the National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation
  • Recipient of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship of the Department of Sociology, WSU, Detroit MI (2003-2005)
  • Recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Fellowship for two years (Sept 2001-April 2003) of Ph.D. studies at WSU, Detroit, MI
  • Received the Student Research Award (May 2003), Loma Linda University, CA
  • Recipient of the Faculty Award for integrity, dependability, scholastic and professional attainment, on completion of the Post Professional Master's  program in Occupational Therapy (May 2002), Loma Linda University, CA
  • Recipient of the Graduate Student Assistantship (Sept 2000- July 2001), School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, CA

Professional Memberships

American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Michigan Association of Occupational Therapists

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities

Areas of Expertise

Family Quality of Life of individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and other chronic conditions

Patient centered measurement of outcomes of typically underserved minorities from diverse socio-economic backgrounds

Seconday analysis of large datasets for social-behavioral research

Primary Research Interest

Familial Outcomes Measurement

Quality of Life of People with Disabilities

Improving educational outcomes of children and adolescents with intellectual/ developmental disabilities

Family caregiving  

Recent Publications


Peer-reviewed journal articles

1. Samuel, P. S., Marsack, C. N., Johnson. L. A., LeRoy, B. W., Lysack, C. L., Lichtenberg, P. A. (2016). Impact of grandchild caregiving on African American grandparents. (In Press/ Published online). Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 1-19. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2016.1243821201 doi:10.3109/07380577.2015.1116129
2. Samuel, P. S., Pociask, F., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Carrellas, A., & LeRoy, B. W. (2016). Concurrent validity of the International Family Quality of Life Survey. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 30(2),187 201. doi:10.3109/07380577.2015.1116129 
3. Patel, P., Awali, R., Sadasivan, S. M., Biedron, C., Marwaha, B., Samuel, P. S., Chopra, T. (2016). Understanding of Clostridium difficile infection among health care personnel at long-term care facilities. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 24 (2), 16-24.
4. DiZazzo-Miller, R., Samuel, P. S., Barnas J., & Welker K. (2014). Addressing everyday challenges: The feasibility of a family caregiver training program for persons with dementia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(2), 212-220. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.009829
5. Dhas, B., Samuel P. S., Chockalingam M. (2014). Computer access technology as an alternative to writing for a pre-schooler with athetoid cerebral palsy – A case report. Occupational Therapy in Health Care. 28(3), 318-332. doi:10.3109/07380577.2013.874063
6. Awali, R., Samuel, P. S., Marwaha, B., Ahmad, N., Gupta, P., Kumar, V., Ellsworth, J., Flanagan, E., Upfal, M., Russel, J., Kaplan, C., Kaye, K., Chopra, T. (2014). Understanding health care personnel's attitudes towards mandatory influenza vaccination.American Journal of Infection Control, 42 (6), 649-652. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.02.025
7. Samuel, P. S., Lacey, K.K., Hobden, K. L., Giertz, C., LeRoy, B.W. (2013). Freedom to Ride: Examining the quality of life outcomes associated with using transportation vouchers. Journal of Policy & Practice for Intellectual Disabilities, 10(4), 277-288.doi: 10.1111/jppi.12054
8. DiZazzo-Miller, R., & Pociask, F., Samuel, P. (2013). Understanding resource needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Michigan Family Review, 17(1), 20. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.4919087.0017.102, Times cited: 4
9. Hobden, K. L., Samuel, P. S., LeRoy, B. W., Lindsay D. (2013). An empirical examination of the prevalence and predictors of polypharmacy in individuals with dual diagnoses. International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation, 12. E-Journalhttp://www.ijdcr.ca/VOL12_01/articles/hobden.shtml
10. Lacey, K.K., McPherson, M., Samuel, P. S., Sears, K. P., Head, D. (2013). The impact of different types of intimate partner violence on the mental and physical health of women in different ethnic groups. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28(2), 359-385. doi: 10.1177/0886260512454743
11. Pociask, F. D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., & Samuel, P. S. (2013). Reducing cognitive load while teaching complex instruction to occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(5), e92-.e99. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008078 <PMID: 23968802>
12. Samuel, P. S., Hobden, K. L., LeRoy, B. W., Lacey, K. K. (2012). Analyzing family service needs to typically underserved families in the USA. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(1), 111-128. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01481.
13. Samuel, P. S., Rillotta, F., & Brown, I. (2012). The development of family quality of life concepts and measures. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(1), 1-16. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01486.x
14. Isaacs, B., Wang, M., Samuel, P. S., Ajuwon, P., Baum, N, Edwards, M., & Rillotta, F. (2012). Testing the factor structure of the Family Quality of Life Survey- 2006. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(1), 17-29. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01392.x
15. Samuel, P. S., & Wilson, L. C. (2009). Structural arrangements of Indo-Guyanese family: An assessment of the assimilation hypothesis: Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40(3), 439-454.
16. Samuel, P. S., & Wilson, L.C (April, 2008). Values and beliefs of Indo-Guyanese: An assessment of the assimilation hypothesis. Man in India, 88(1), 83-100. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=20359841

Peer-reviewed book chapters
1. Samuel, P. S, Hobden, K. L., & LeRoy, B.W. (2012). Families of children with autism and developmental disabilities: A description of their community interaction. In B. Altman & Barnartt, S. (Series Eds.), Research in Social Science and Disability: Vol. 6. Disability and Community (pp. 49-83). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi: 10.1108/S1479-3547(2011)0000006006
2. LeRoy, B., Samuel, P. S., Bahr, P., Evans, P., & Deluca, M. (2009). PISA 2006 and the Participation of Students with Special Needs from Baltic and South Eastern European countries. In M. Deluca & P. Evans (Eds.) Students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages in the Baltic States, South Eastern Europe and Malta: Educational policies and indicators (pp. 127-158). Paris: OECD/European Communities. Available online: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/students-with-disabilities-learning-difficulties-and-disadvantages-in-the-baltic-states-south-eastern-europe-and-malta_9789264076860-en#page171

Invited Book Chapters
1. Samuel, P. S. (2016). Multiple step case study: Guillian Barre Syndrome. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the Occupational Therapy Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
2. Samuel, P. S. (2016). Item-writing contributor: Research. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the Occupational Therapy Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting (2nd ed.). Burlington MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
3. Brown, R., Kyrkou, M., & Samuel, P. S. (2016). Family quality of life in families where there is a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Chapter 65). In I. L. Rubin, J. Merrick, D. E. Greydanus & D. R. Patel (Eds.), Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan (pp. 2065-2082) (3rd ed.). Springer International Publishing. doi: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-18096-0_156

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