Preethy Sarah Samuel Ph.D.
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
- 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