Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.

Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.


Associate Professor


Occupational Therapy

Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2210





  • Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
  • Faculty Affiliate of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan's UCEDD)

Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.

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- present: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
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 Outpatient 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

  • Quality of life of people with developmental disabilities and other chronic health conditions
  • Family caregiving and outcomes measurement
  • Improving educational outcomes of children and adolescents with intellectual/ developmental disabilities

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

1. Samuel, P. S., Tarraf, W., & Marsack, C. N. (2017). Family Quality of Life Survey (FQOLS-2006): Evaluation of internal consistency, construct, and criterion validity for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1311393
2. Marsack, C. N., & Samuel, P. S. (2017). Mediating effects of social support on quality of life for parents of adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2378-2389. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3157-6.
3. Kramer, J., Hwang, Helfrich, C., Samuel, P. S., & Carrellas, A. (2017). Evaluating the social validity of Project TEAM: A problem-solving intervention to teach transition age youth with developmental disabilities to resolve environmental barriers. International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2017.1346237.
4. Samuel, P. S., Marsack, C. N., Johnson. L. A., LeRoy, B. W., Lysack, C. L., & Lichtenberg, P. A. (2017). Impact of grandchild caregiving on African American grandparents. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 31 (1), 1-19.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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 <PMID: 24581408>
8. 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): 318-32. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2013.874063 <PMID: 24555722>
9. Awali, R. A., Samuel, P. S., Marwaha, B., Ahmad, N., Gupta, P., Kumar, V., ... & Chopra, T. (2014). Understanding health care personnel's attitudes toward mandatory influenza vaccination. American Journal of Infection Control, 42(6), 649-652. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.02.025. <PMID: 24837116>
10. Samuel, P. S., Lacey, K. K., Hobden, K. L., Giertz, C., LeRoy, B. (2013). Freedom to Ride: Examining the Quality of Life Outcomes Associated with Using Transportation Vouchers. Journal of Policy & Practice for Intellectual Disabilities, 10, 277-288. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12054
11. Hobden, K.L., Samuel, P. S., Lindsay, D., LeRoy, B.W. (2013). An empirical examination of the prevalence and predictors of polypharmacy among individuals with dual diagnoses. International Journal of Disability, Community and Rehabilitation, 13 (1), E-Journal
12. Lacey, K.K., McPherson, M., Samuel, P. S., Powell Sears, K., 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, 359-385. doi: 10.1177/0886260512454743 <PMID: 22929348>.
13. Pociask, F. D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., & Samuel, P. (2013). Reducing cognitive load while teaching complex instruction to occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, e92-e99. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.008078 <PMID: 23968802>
14. 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, 111-128. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01481.x. <PMID: 22142360>
15. Samuel, P. S., Rillotta, F., & Brown, I. (2012). The development of family quality of life concepts and measures. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56, 1-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01486.x <PMID: 22151130>
16. Isaacs, B., Wang, M., Samuel, P. S., Ajuwon, P., Baum, N, Edwards & Rillotta, F. (2012). Testing the factor structure of the Family Quality of Life Survey- 2006. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56, 17- 29. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01392.x <PMID 21504492>
17. DiZazzo-Miller, R., & Pociask, F. Samuel, P. S. (2013). Understanding resource needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Michigan Family Review, 17 (1), 1-20.
18. 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.
19. Samuel, P. S., & Wilson, L.C (April, 2008). Values and beliefs of Indo-Guyanese: An assessment of the assimilation hypothesis. Man in India, 88, 83-100.

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:
4. Samuel, P. S, Hobden, K. L., & LeRoy, B.W. (2011). Families of children with autism and developmental disabilities: A description of their community interaction. In A. C. Carey, R. K. Scotch (Eds.). Disability and Community (Research in Social Science and Disability) Volume 6, pp. 49-83. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi. 10.1108/S1479-3547(2011)0000006006 (Peer Reviewed Book Chapter).
5. 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. Paris: OECD/European Communities.

Research website