Theresa Schlabach, PhD

Professor | Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Teaches neuroscience as well as pediatric occupational therapy. She is board certified in pediatrics and certified in neurodevelopmental treatment for adults with hemiplegia.

Her background includes extensive experience in pediatrics in the school and the community. She also blended teaching with a private practice in pediatrics for 13 years. She has published in national professional journals and has been a speaker at state and national conferences on pediatrics and neuroscience. She received the Recognition of Achievement of Award: Dedicated to Excellence in Understanding Occupation in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2006.

She has a strong belief in social justice is reflected in her community involvement and study abroad experiences. As a volunteer, she teaches functional living skills to refugees in Rock Island. She also serves on the Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees Health Care Committee. Another area of passion and advocacy for Dr. Schlabach is for persons with autism. She serves on the Quad City Autism Board. Through this organization, she coordinates a social support group for young adults with autism.

Through her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Schlabach coordinates the Interprofessional and International Committees for the CHHS. At SAU, she was former chair of the Educational Policies Committee and has been appointed to the committee to review Criteria Two for the Higher Learning Commission Review. She is on the strategic planning committee for the CHHS.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, Illinois State University, Normal, Ill. Educational Administration and Foundations in Higher Education
  • MA, University of Iowa Instructional Design and Technology with Health Education emphasis
  • BS, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins Occupational Therapy

My favorite spot on campus is the large window in the library that overlooks the entire campus. It is beautiful to watch the changing seasons!

Terry Schlabach


The College Experience of Students with Asperger's Disorder: Perceptions of the Students Themselves and of College Disability Service Providers
Effectiveness of Mirror Therapy with Stroke Survivors Using Home Programs
Use of APPS in Pediatric OT in the School System
Relationship between Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills
Creation of Evidence Practice Briefs
Career Preference of Adults with Asperger Syndrome
Toy Attributes Preferred by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grasp Patterns of Children with in Autism Spectrum
Correlation of Grasp Patterns and Fatigue


Case-Smith, J., Clark, G. & Schlabach, T. (July/August 2013) Systematic review of interventions used in OT to Promote Motor Performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Clark, G. & Schlabach, T. (July/August 2013) Effective interventions for improving cognitive development in children ages birth to 5 years. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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Courses Taught

Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists
Research Methods
Pediatric OT


American Occupational Therapy Association
Iowa Occupational Therapy Association
Autism Society of America

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