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

Associate Professor
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


  • 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

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
  • Developmental 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 interventions 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.

Professional Experience

Professional Organizations and 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