Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Teal Benevides

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Administration
Department of Institute for Public and Preventive Health

The Graduate School

Bio

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

Education

  • 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

Certifications

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

  • Occupational Therapy Georgia State Licensure Board, 2016

  • OTL GA Professional Licensing Brd, 2016

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 6505

    Research Process
  • OTHP 6520

    Research Seminar II
  • OTHP 6501

    Intro EBP & Research Process
  • OTHP 6515

    Research Seminar I
  • OTHP 6510

    Evidence Based Practice

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice
Research process

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Interventions to address health outcomes among autistic adults: A systematic review., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Listening to the autistic voice: Mental health priorities to guide research and practice in autism from a stakeholder-driven project., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Measuring What Matters in Autism Research and Practice, 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
  • Emergency department use among young adult Medicare beneficiaries with autism and intellectual disabilities, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Understanding and improving health and participation outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum, 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 Promotion and Tenure Committee 2019 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • CAHS Research Council 2018 - 2020

    Role: Committee Chair
  • 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

  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Scientific Council 2020 - Present

    Role: Board of Advisors of a Company
  • A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Policy and Analytics Center, Autism and the Criminal Justice System: Policy Brief 2020 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Autism in Adulthood, Guest Editor 2019 - Present

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor
  • Advisory Board for Enhancing Community Participation for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through Peer-Mediated Transportation Interventions Research Project. 2019 - Present

    Role: Member
  • The American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor