Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

The Graduate School


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

  • OTL GA Professional Licensing Brd, 2016

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

Awards & Honors

  • Trainee in the Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Trainee (GaLEND) Center for Leadership in Disability, 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

  • OTHP 6501

    Intro EBP & Research Process
  • OTHP 6515

    Research Seminar I
  • OTHP 6510

    Evidence Based Practice
  • CAHS 9010

    Seminar - Research HealthCare
  • CAHS 6524

    Project Development
  • CAHS 8503

    Research Process
  • OTHP 6505

    Research Process

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice Research process


Selected Recent Publications

  • Population-based Practice: Identifying and Addressing Meaningful Participation Outcomes for People with Autism, 2018
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-Revised
  • Therapy access among children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder: a population-based study, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Analyzing State Autism Private Insurance Mandates for Allied Health Services: A Pilot 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

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: Committee Member
  • Department of Occupational Therapy Student Progression Committee 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Department Promotion & Tenure Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • CAHS Research Council 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Senate Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee Representative 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Chair Search Committee 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Journal editor for American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019 - Present

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor
  • Autism Transitions Research Project 2018 - Present

    Role: Other
  • MRCT Center Health Literacy in Clinical Research Workgroup 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Editor, Annals of International Occupational Therapy 2018 - Present

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor