Faculty Champion:Kelle DeBoth

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Kelle DeBoth
Cleveland State University
Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy
United States


Dr. DeBoth has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in school, home and community settings since 2004. Her area of expertise in clinical practice is working with children with autism and sensory processing disorders. She completed specialized certification in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), becoming SI certified in 2006. Dissertation work focused on identifying sensory-based subtypes in children with autism, and exploring related neurophysiological and functional behavior correlates of these subtypes. Current research interests include multisensory processing in autism and sensory processing disorders, neurophysiology of multisensory processing, interprofessional education, and multidisciplinary interventions for children with fine motor delays (such as music therapy and OT collaborations), and occupational justice in under-resourced communities.


DeBoth, K.K., Wendland, M., Bilinovic, T., & Craft, C. (2021) Caregivers Perceptions of Child Participation During Sensory Friendly Community Events. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2020.1862729

Stoddard-Dare, P., DeBoth, K., Wendland, M., Suder, R., Niederriter, J., Bowen, R., Dugan, S. and Tedor, M. (2020). An interprofessional learning opportunity regarding pain and the opioid epidemic. Advances in Social Work Practice, 20(2), 216-235.

DeBoth, K.K., Olszewski, C., Roberge, N., Owen, M. (2020). Interprofessional occupational therapy and music therapy keyboard intervention for children with visual impairments: A non-randomized pilot case study. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention. Published online 02 Jul 2020. DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2020.1787293

Bazyk, S., Pataki, K., & DeBoth, K. (2020). Building Capacity of Occupational Therapy Students to Address the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth during a Level II Fieldwork in a School Setting. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 1-19.

DeBoth, K. K., Stoddard-Dare, P., Bruce, S., & Niederriter, J. (2019). An interprofessional case study competition addressing community healthcare needs and the opioid crisis. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 15(1), 114-118.

DeBoth, K. K., & Reynolds, S. (2017) A systematic review of sensory-based autism subtypes. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 36, 44-56.

DeBoth, K.K., Stoddard-Dare, P., Wendland, M. & Bruce, S. (in press). Interprofessional Learning to Improve Collaborative Care During an Opioid Epidemic. In D. Joosten-Hagye and H. Khalili (Eds.). Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice- Micro, Meso, and Macro Approaches Across the Lifespan. CA: Cognella, Inc.

Wendland, M. & DeBoth, K. (in press) Occupational Health: Children and Youth. In Amir & Pizzi (Eds.). Interprofessional and Community-oriented Practice: Promoting health, well-being and quality of life. Slack Incorporated, NJ.

DeBoth, K.K. & Wendland, M. (in press). Family Health: Children and Youth. In Amir & Pizzi (Eds.). Interprofessional and Community-oriented Practice: Promoting health, well-being and quality of life. Slack Incorporated, NJ.

Awards and recognitions:

2020 Cleveland State University Merit Award for Service

2021 Academic Director of the IOTC

2021 Center of Human Machine Systems Member

2021 Advisory Board for CSU T.E.C.H. Hub

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