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

  • 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

  • OTHP 6510

    Evidence Based Practice
  • CAHS 9010

    Seminar - Research HealthCare
  • CAHS 6524

    Project Development
  • CAHS 8503

    Research Process
  • OTHP 6505

    Research Process
  • OTHP 6501

    Intro EBP & Research Process
  • CAHS 7523

    Research Project

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: Committee Member
  • 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

Professional Service

  • Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2018 - Present

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

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor
  • Deputy Editor of the journal Autism in Adulthood 2017 - Present

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor
  • OTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Georgia Occupational Therapy Association 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair