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 and Preventive Health

The Graduate School


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 autistic adults.


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

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

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


  • GA State Licensure Georgia Professional Licensing Board, 2016

  • 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

  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association American Occupational Therapy Association, 2022

  • Outstanding Achievement Award Georgia State University, Center for Leadership in Disability, 2021

  • 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

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 6300

    Career Paths in Med
  • OTHP 6520

    Research Seminar II

Teaching Interests

Evidence based practice
Research process


Selected Recent Publications

  • Race/Ethnic Inequities in Conjoint Monitoring and screening for U.S. Children 3 and Under. , 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Are Developmental Monitoring and Screening Better Together for Early Autism Identification Across Race and Ethnic Groups?, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • 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

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 autistic adults.

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 2020 - 2022

    Role: Committee Member
  • CAHS Promotion and Tenure Committee 2019 - 2021

    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 - 2021

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), Standing for Research Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (STRIDE) Committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 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

Public Service

  • American Association of Suicidology 2018 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting