Debra Rybski, Ph.D., MSHCA, OTR/L

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Department Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Debra Rybski


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Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)
Saint Louis University

Master of Science in Health Care Administration
California State University Long Beach

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Allied Medical Professions: Occupational Therapy
Ohio State University

8/89-7/94 Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, LA, CA, Department of Physical & Occupational Therapy Director
9/89 -7/94 Assistant Director
9/82 – 7/89 Supervisor
7/80 -6/82 Washington University, St. Louis, MO Research and Teaching Assistant Department of Occupational Therapy
9/76-6/80 Hamilton County Office of Education Special Center for Learning Cincinnati, OH Senior Therapist
9/75-8/76 Cincinnati General Hospital, Cincinnati, OH Staff Therapist

Professional Associations
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Foundation
Society for the Study of Occupation: USA
Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America
World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Courses Taught
Occupational Therapy Intervention for Children
Person Environment Occupation II: Pediatrics
Applied Occupational Therapy Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Sensory processing disorders and social emotional problems in young children experiencing delays in important occupations of learning and social participation in the home and community as result of poverty and homelessness
  • Develomental trauma disorder in young children as a result of homelessness
  • The impact of poverty and homelessness on mother-child co-occupations
  • The development of occupational therapy interventoins to facilitate parent child interactions to facilitate social participation, sensory processing, and social emotional development in young children in early intervention and early childhood settings.

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