Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

The Graduate School
Department of Graduate Studies


Teal Benevides, PhD, MS, OTR/L has a passion for describing, understanding, and addressing disparities among individuals with autism, including racial and ethnic minorities, and adults with autism.


  • Ph.D., Health Services/Allied Health/ Virginia Commonwealth Universi, 2014

  • MS, Occupational Therapy/Therapist Thomas Jefferson University, 2004

  • BS, Psychology, General College of William & Mary, 2002


  • Occupational Therapy Georgia State Licensure Board, 2018

  • Registered Occupational Therapist National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 2005

  • OTL GA Professional Licensing Brd, 2016

Awards & Honors

  • Trainee in the Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Trainee (GaLEND) Center for Leadership in Disaiblity, Georgia State University, 2016

  • Fred and Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical or Laboratory Teaching Thomas Jefferson University, 2015

  • Alpha Eta Honor Society inductee Alpha Eta Society, 2015

  • Academic Educator Award Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 2012

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PTHP 7303

    Research III
  • CAHS 9010

    Seminar - Research HealthCare
  • CAHS 6501

    Evidence-Based Practice
  • CAHS 6524

    Project Development

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice Research process


Selected Recent Publications

  • Analyzing State Autism Private Insurance Mandates for Allied Health Services: A Pilot Study., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Therapy access among children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder: a population-based study., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Unmet Need for Therapy Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results from the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Differences in Perceived Need for Medical, Therapeutic, and Family Support Services Among Children With ASD., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Impact of a Curricular Change on Perceived Knowledge, Skills, and Use of Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice: A Cohort Study., 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Understanding and improving health and participation outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, especially in subgroups who are traditionally under-served, including racial and ethnic minorities, and adults with autism.

Department Service

  • Academic Affairs 2016 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting