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

2018:           Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI.
2011- 2018: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI.
2006-2010: Associate Director for Research, Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan, UCEDD).
2007-2010: Part-Time Faculty in Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI.
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, CA.
1999-2000: Assistant Lecturer & Clinical Occupational Therapist, 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

Dr. Preethy Samuel's publications are available on Google Scholar and Research Gate