Preethy Samuel, Ph.D.

Preethy Samuel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2210





Occupational Therapy


Associate Professor, Occupational TherapyFaculty Affiliate of the Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan's UCEDD)

Preethy Samuel, Ph.D.

Degrees and Certifications


  • PhD, Sociology, Wayne State University (2006)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Loma Linda University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (1998)


  • Nationally Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR): NBCOT
  • Michigan Occupational Therapy Registration & License

Positions and Employment

2018          : Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI
2011- 2018: Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI
2006-2010: Associate Director for Research, Developmental Disabilities Institute (Michigan, UCEDD)
2007-2010: Part-Time Faculty in Occupational Therapy, WSU, MI
2004-2006: Occupational Therapist in Outpatient Hand Therapy Clinic Henry Ford Medical Centers, MI 
2003-2004: Occupational Therapist (Nursing Homes in Detroit & Wayne, MI), Rehabilitation Solutions Inc. 
2000-2001: Graduate Assistant (Clinical & Academic responsibilities), Department of Occupational Therapy, Loma Linda University, CA.
1999-2000: Assistant Lecturer & Clinical Occupational Therapist, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, Michigan Occupational Therapy Association
  • Recipient of the Faculty Research Award Program (2012) of EACPHS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Recipient of the Merit Switzer Research Fellowship (2008) of the National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation
  • Recipient of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship of the Department of Sociology, WSU, Detroit MI (2003-2005)
  • Recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Fellowship (Sept 2001-April 2003) of Ph.D. studies at WSU, MI
  • Received the Student Research Award (May 2003), Loma Linda University, CA
  • Recipient of the Faculty Award for integrity, dependability, scholastic and professional attainment, on completion of the PPMOT (May 2002), Loma Linda University, CA
  • Recipient of the Graduate Student Assistantship (Sept 2000- July 2001), School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University, CA

Professional Memberships

  • American Occupational Therapy Association 
  • Michigan Association of Occupational Therapists
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Quality of Life of individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and other chronic conditions
  • Patient centered measurement of outcomes of typically underserved minorities from diverse socio-economic backgrounds
  • Seconday analysis of large datasets for social-behavioral research

Primary Research Interest

  • Quality of life of people with developmental disabilities and other chronic health conditions
  • Family caregiving and outcomes measurement
  • Improving educational outcomes of children and adolescents with intellectual/ developmental disabilities

Recent Publications

Dr. Preethy Samuel's publications are available on Google Scholar and Research Gate


Courses taught by Preethy Samuel, Ph.D.

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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