Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Department of Institute for Public & Preventative Health

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

  • Barbara E. Grant Award of Merit Georgia Occupational Therapy Association , 2019

  • Emerging Research Scientist Award Augusta University, 2019

  • Faculty Research Award College of Allied Health Sciences, Augusta University , 2019

  • 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

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • OTHP 6510

    Evidence Based Practice
  • OTHP 6505

    Research Process
  • OTHP 6520

    Research Seminar II
  • OTHP 6501

    Intro EBP & Research Process
  • CAHS 7523

    Research Project
  • OTHP 6515

    Research Seminar I

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice Research process


Selected Recent Publications

  • Emergency department use among young adult Medicare beneficiaries with autism and intellectual disabilities, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Suicidal Ideation and Self-inflicted Injury in Medicare Enrolled Autistic Adults With and Without Co-occurring Intellectual Disability, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Case Identification and Characterization of Autistic Young Adults in 2010 Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims. , 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Understanding the Family Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Racially and Ethnically Diverse Sample: Findings from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Population-based Practice: Identifying and Addressing Meaningful Participation Outcomes for People with Autism, 2018
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-Revised

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
  • CAHS Promotion and Tenure Committee 2019 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • Senate Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee Representative 2017 - 2019

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

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Provost's Workload Task Force 2019 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • The American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • A.J. Drexel Autism Research Institute/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
  • Autism in Adulthood Journal 2017 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor