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Jeryl D. Benson, Ed.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

Rangos 218
Phone: 412.396.1611

Education:

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2010
M.S., Motor Development, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 1987
Bio

Educational & Clinical Background:  Dr. Benson received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an M.S. in Motor Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctoral degree from Duquesne University in the School of Education. Her research focus is on school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. She is interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.

Dr. Benson is one of the original founders of the -Good Beginnings Clinic- located on campus as a part of the Duquesne University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. She consults with families and schools offering support for including children with disabilities into an educational environment. She continues a part time practice through the clinic, using it as a training tool for students interested in a career in pediatrics. She has extensive clinical experience in the area of pediatrics, working with a variety of disabilities including autism/PDD, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and developmental disabilities. She also has advanced training in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach, certification to administer the Sensory Integration & Praxis Test, and is a certified infant massage instructor.

Personal Data:  Dr. Benson lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and 4 children and two dogs.

Honors/Awards:

2015 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Service
2014 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Scholarship
2013 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching
2012 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award
2010 Service Award, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy:  Occupation is defined as "doing" (Nelson, 1988). My teaching philosophy is based on the core beliefs of occupational therapy.....we find meaning and purpose in the act of doing or engagement. Courses are delivered via interactive lectures and discussions and the opportunity for experiential learning or "doing" whenever possible.

Current Teaching:

OCCT 305 Foundations & Concepts of Occupational Therapy

OCCT 310 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan

OCCT 519 Neurological & Sensorimotor Function I

OCCT 522 Intervention Seminar

OCCT 553 Occupational Performance PerspectivesOCCT 574: Fieldwork Proposal

OCCT 610-612: Research Project I, II, III

Past Teaching:

OCCT 537 Human Motion & Movement (developed course)

OCCT 446 Cognitive & Perceptual Function

OCCT 520 Neuromotor & Sensory Function

OCCT 545 Occupational Performance Approaches

OCCT 502 Occupational Therapy Overview

Research

My research focus is in school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. Specifically I am interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.i. My research focus is in school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. Specifically I am interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.

Current Projects

Szucs, K., Benson, J.D., & Corturillo, A. Use of a journal club for professional development: Outcomes in a school-based occupational therapy practice.

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K., & Johnston, A., An Exploration of Current Trends in School-based Occupational Therapy Practice 

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K., & McManus. Occupational Theory and School-based Practice: An Exploration of Use of Theory

Benson, J. & Mejasic, J.J. Teacher's Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy on Student Participation in the Schools

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K.A., DeIuliis, E. & Leri, A. Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content

Grants

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K., DeIuliis, E. (2013) Duquesne University Academic Learning Outcome Assessment Grant. To support research on student retention of content introduced utilizing a Student Response System. $2200

Benson, J.D. (2011) Duquesne University Academic Learning Outcome Assessment Grant. To support research on educational outcomes of community based classroom educational methods. $2500

Benson, J.D. (2006) Duquesne University Faculty Practice Plan Grant. To support research on occupation and school based practice. $1540

Williams, D. & Benson, J. (2001) Duquesne University Faculty Practice Plan Grant. To support the development of the "Good Beginnings Clinic" $5000

Publications

Benson, J.D. (2015-in press) An Exploration of the Use of Occupational Language in School-based Occupational Therapy Documentation, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention

Benson, J.D., Elkin, K., Wechsler, J., & Byrd, L. (2015) Parent perceptions of school-based occupational therapy services, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention,8 (2), 126-135

Benson, J.D., Parke, C., Gannon, C. & Muñoz, D. (2013) An investigation of the outcomes of the sequential-oral-sensory feeding program with children with neurological impairment, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (4), 289-300

Salls, J., Benson, J.D., Cole, K., & Piekielek, A. (2013) A comparison of the Handwriting without Tears Program and Peterson Directed Handwriting Program on handwriting performance in typically developing first grade students, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (2), 131-142

Benson, J.D. (2013) School based occupational therapy practice: Perceptions and realities of current practice and the role of occupation. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (2), 165-178

Benson, J.D., Provident, I., & Szucs, K. (2013) An Experiential Learning Lab embedded in a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Pediatric Intervention Course, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 27, 46-57

Benson, J.D. (2012) An Assessment of Experiential Teaching Methods in an Occupational Therapy Intervention Course, Refereed Conference Proceedings, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching

Benson, J.D., Carignan, E., Smitsky, D. & Provident, I. (2011) The deep pressure and proprioceptive technique (DPPT) versus non-specific child-guided brushing: A case study Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 4, 204-214

Benson, J.D., Salls, J., Perry, C. (2010) A Pilot Study of Teachers' Perceptions of Handwriting Curriculums: A Comparison of Handwriting Without Tears and the Peterson Directed Handwriting Method. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 3 (4), 319-330.

 

Presentations

2015

Benson, J., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., a& Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Nashville, TN, April 2015

Mejasic, J.J., Benson, J., & Szucs, K. Teacher Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Schools Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Nashville, TN, April 2015

2014

Benson, J., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., a& Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, Lilly International Conference for College Teaching Miami, OH, November 2014

McManus, N., Benson, J., & Szucs, K. Current Trends in School Based Practice: Occupation Based Theory in Practice Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

Mejasic, J.J., Benson, J., & Szucs, K. Teacher Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Schools Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

Benson, J., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., a& Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

Benson, J.D. An Assessment of Experiential Learning Labs in a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Graduate Intervention Course Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April, 2014

Elkin, K. & Benson, J.D. An Exploration of Parent Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapists in the Schools Research Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April, 2014

Johnston, A., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. An Exploration of Current Trends in School-based Occupational Therapy Practice Research Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April, 2014

2013

Elkin, K. & Benson, J.D. Occupational Therapy in the Schools: Parent Perceptions of the OT/Parent Relationship Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

Johnston, A., & Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. Current Practice Trends in School-based Occupational Therapy in Pennsylvania Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

Benson, J.D. Experiential Learning Labs Embedded into a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Pediatric Intervention Course Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

2012

Benson, J.D., Weschler, J., & Byrd, L. Parent Perceptions of the Impact of School Based Occupational Therapy Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 2012

Benson, J.D. Winning Ideas and Tips on Preparing Creative Teaching Award Submissions
Panel Discussion, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, 2012

Benson, J.D. An Assessment of Experiential Teaching Methods in an Occupational Therapy Intervention Course Research Poster, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, 2012

Crist, P., Muñoz, J., Hansen, A.M., Benson, J.D, DeIuiilus, E, Szucs, K. Developing Practice-Scholars: An Outcome Oriented Curriculum & Practice Models for Engagement in the Scholarship of Practice Presentation, The International Perspective Conference, Poland, 2012

2011

Benson, J.D., Muñoz, D., Gannon, C., & Parke, C. The Effectiveness of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach in Children with Feeding Difficulties Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 2011

Drabik, A.M., Peshoff, B., Smith, B., & Benson, J.D. Parents' Perceptions of School Based Occupational Therapy Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 2011

Benson, J.D. An Exploration of the Role of Occupation in School-based Occupational Therapy Practice Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2011