Kelle Kathleen DeBoth, PhD, OTR/L
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 323
 Phone: 216-687-3628
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 323, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
autism, sensory processing, sensory integration, multisensory processing, neurophysiology, interprofessional education, child development, fine motor skills, community programs
Ph.D., Health Related Sciences; Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
MOT, Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
B.A., Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2002
Brief Bio:
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).
Honors and Awards:
2003-2004 Pi Theta Epsilon; University of Pittsburgh Chapter; Pittsburgh, PA:
President of Student Honors Society for occupational therapy program.

2003 JHF/Coro Health Sciences Fellowship; Pittsburgh, PA
Research Interests:
Current research projects:
DeBoth, K.K., Roberge, N, Owen, M. (Cleveland Sight Center). Efficacy of occupational therapy intervention using a musical keyboard for children with visual impairments.

DeBoth, K.K., Naser, S., Purcell, T., Jacobson, A., (OT Adventure). Multisensory, Play-Based Intervention for Preschool Children: A Pilot Study.

Bazyk, S., DeBoth, K.K., Pataki, K. Building Capacity of OT Students to Address the Mental Health Needs of Children During Level II Fieldwork in School Settings: A mixed methods design.

Wendland, M., DeBoth, K.K., Culliver, B., Schearer, E., Giuffre, S., & Schaefer, J. Investigation of student perceptions of an experiential-learning educational model that fosters interprofessional collaboration to maximize the participation of children with mobility impairments during a community-based event.

DeBoth, K.K., Wendland, M. Parent and student perspectives of participation in community-based sensory programming for children with special needs.

DeBoth, K.K., Wendland, M. Participation in sensory-based activities during a community embedded program for children with special needs.
Teaching Areas:
Dr. DeBoth currently teaches Occupational Therapy Foundations and Research I for the Occupational Therapy program at Cleveland State University.  She previously taught OTD courses for Eastern Kentucky University including: Educational Practice for Occupational Therapy, Applied Research for Occupational Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice for Occupational Therapy.
Professional Affiliations:
Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2004
Member of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association since 2017
Professional Experience:
KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center; Twinsburg, Ohio:
-Occupational Therapy Department Coordinator 2007-2016
-Occupational Therapist providing individual and group therapy for children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a private practice setting.
-Responsible for evaluations, goal development, treatment implementation, data collection and analysis, supervision of additional occupational therapists and students, development of practice forms and data collection tools.

Geauga County Educational Service Center; Specialized Teaching for children with Autism and Resource Services (S.T.A.R.S.) Program; Chardon, Ohio:
-Senior Occupational Therapist for specialized autism program providing individual and group therapy for school-age population with moderate to severe autism.
-Responsible for assessment and goal development, periodic review of program qualification, collaboration with educational team members, managing use of sensory equipment and gym, supervision of COTA, OT team members and OTA/OT students, development of student curriculum, managing alternate
University Service:
2016-Present: School Health Community of Practice: Interprofessional Engaged Learning, Research, and Service

2017-Present: CSU IPE Faculty Champions Committee (appointed by program)
Professional Service:
Reviews for Peer-Reviewed Journals
2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder; "Sensory Subtypes in Preschool aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Community Service:
2016-present: Tennis Committee Member; The Wembley Club, Chagrin Falls, OH
2006: Volunteer; Love Without Boundaries, China
2003: Volunteer; Rebuilding Together, Pittsburgh, PA
Research Grants:
External Funding
NIH PA-16-162. DeBoth, K.K. (PI), Naser, S., Purcell, T., Jacobson, A., (OT Adventure). Multisensory, Play-Based Intervention for Preschool Children: A Pilot Study. $50,000. Proposal submitted, not funded.

Internal Funding
DeBoth, K.K. (PI), Roberge, N., Olszewski, C., Owen, M. (Cleveland Sight Center). Efficacy of occupational therapy intervention using a musical keyboard for children with visual impairments. $914 Undergraduate Research Award (Nicole Roberge), Cleveland State University.