Jeryl Benson

Associate Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

Rangos 218
Phone: 412.396.1611
benson@duq.edu

Education:

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2010
M.S., Motor Development, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 1987
Bio

Educational & Clinical Background:  Dr. Benson received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an M.S. in Motor Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctoral degree from Duquesne University in the School of Education. Her research focus is on school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. She is interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.

Dr. Benson is one of the original founders of the -Good Beginnings Clinic- located on campus as a part of the Duquesne University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. She consults with families and schools offering support for including children with disabilities into an educational environment. She continues a part time practice through the clinic, using it as a training tool for students interested in a career in pediatrics. She has extensive clinical experience in the area of pediatrics, working with a variety of disabilities including autism/PDD, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and developmental disabilities. She also has advanced training in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach, certification to administer the Sensory Integration & Praxis Test, and is a certified infant massage instructor.

Personal Data:  Dr. Benson lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and 4 children.

Honors/Awards:

2019 Marquis Who's Who in the World
2018 J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Service
2014 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Scholarship
2013 Rangos School of Health Sciences, Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching
2012 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award
2010 Service Award, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy:  Occupation is defined as "doing" (Nelson, 1988). My teaching philosophy is based on the core beliefs of occupational therapy.....we find meaning and purpose in the act of doing or engagement. Courses are delivered via interactive lectures and discussions and the opportunity for experiential learning or "doing" whenever possible.

Current Teaching:

OCCT 310 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan

OCCT 519 Neurological & Sensorimotor Function I

OCCT 522 Intervention Seminar

OCCT 553 Occupational Performance PerspectivesOCCT 574: Fieldwork Proposal

OCCT 610-612: Research Project I, II, III

OCCT 670 Advanced Practice

Past Teaching:

OCCT 305 Foundations & Concepts of Occupational Therapy

OCCT 537 Human Motion & Movement (developed course)

OCCT 446 Cognitive & Perceptual Function

OCCT 520 Neuromotor & Sensory Function

OCCT 545 Occupational Performance Approaches

OCCT 502 Occupational Therapy Overview

Research

My research focus is in school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. Specifically I am interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.i. My research focus is in school based practice, sensory processing disorders and occupation. Specifically I am interested in the integration of occupation in pediatric practice and the occupational performance of children with sensory processing disorders.

Current Projects

Benson, J.D., Morgus, K., Donoso-Brown, E., Smitsky, D., Effects of Alternate Seating on Attention to Task and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (manuscript preparation)

Szucs, K. and Benson. J.D. Outcomes of Participation in an Evidenced Based Practice Online Journal Club for School-based Occupational Therapists (data collection)

Benson, J.D., Donoso-Brown, E., Blough, A. & Smitsky, D. Effects of Sensory Motor Activities on Attention to Task and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (manuscript preparation)

Benson, J.D., Blaskowitz, M., Geubtner, A. & Tokarski, R. A Qualitative Study of the Transition from an Educational Setting to Adulthood for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) (data collection & analysis)

Grants

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K., DeIuliis, E. (2013) Duquesne University Academic Learning Outcome Assessment Grant. To support research on student retention of content introduced utilizing a Student Response System. $2200

Benson, J.D. (2011) Duquesne University Academic Learning Outcome Assessment Grant. To support research on educational outcomes of community based classroom educational methods. $2500

Benson, J.D. (2006) Duquesne University Faculty Practice Plan Grant. To support research on occupation and school based practice. $1540

Williams, D. & Benson, J. (2001) Duquesne University Faculty Practice Plan Grant. To support the development of the "Good Beginnings Clinic" $5000

Publications

Publications

Benson, J.D., *Breisinger, E. & *Roach, M. (2018) Sensory-based intervention in the schools: a survey of occupational therapy practitioners, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2018.1496872

Wallace, S. E. & Benson, J. D. (2018) Bringing Interprofessional Case-Based Learning into the Classroom for Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Students, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, https://doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2017.1414975

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., & *Leri, A. (2017) The impact of student response systems on student retention of course content. Journal of Allied Health Sciences, 46 (3), 158-163

*Roach, M., *Breisinger, E., & Benson, J.D. (2017) An exploration of the role of sensory based theory in school-based occupational therapy, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, PO4060 [Peer reviewed conference abstract]

*Taylor, M., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K.A. (2017) Students perceptions of student response systems and learning American Journal of Occupational Therapy, PO2019 [Peer reviewed conference abstract]

Szucs, K., Benson. J.D. & *Haneman, B. (2017) Outcomes of Participation in an Evidenced Based Practice Online Journal Club for School-based Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 0 (0), 1-7

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K., & *Taylor, M. (2016) Student response systems and learning: Perceptions of the student, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 30 (4), 406-414

Benson, J., Szucs, K. & *Mejasic, J.J. (2016) Teacher's Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy on Student Participation in the Schools, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 9 (2), 208-219.

Szucs, K., Benson, J.D., & *Corturillo, A. (2016) Use of a journal club for professional development: Outcomes in a school-based occupational therapy practice, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 208-219.

Benson, J.D. (2015) An Exploration of the Use of Occupational Language in School-based Occupational Therapy Documentation, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 8 (3), 228-235

Benson, J.D., Elkin, K., Wechsler, J., & Byrd, L. (2015) Parent perceptions of school-based occupational therapy services, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 8 (2), 126-135

Benson, J.D., Parke, C., Gannon, C. & Muñoz, D. (2013) A Retrospective Analysis of the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach in Children with Feeding Difficulties,, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (4), 289-300

Salls, J., Benson, J.D., Cole, K., & Piekielek, A. (2013) A comparison of the Handwriting without Tears Program and Peterson Directed Handwriting Program on handwriting performance in typically developing first grade students, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (2), 131-142

Benson, J.D. (2013) School based occupational therapy practice: Perceptions and realities of current practice and the role of occupation. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 6 (2), 165-178

Benson, J.D., Provident, I., & Szucs, K. (2013) An Experiential Learning Lab embedded in a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Pediatric Intervention Course, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 27, 46-57

Benson, J.D. (2012) An Assessment of Experiential Teaching Methods in an Occupational Therapy Intervention Course, Refereed Conference Proceedings, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching

*denotes publications with Duquesne University students

Book Chapter

Crist, P., Munoz, J.P. Hansen, A.M.W., Benson, J., and Provident, I. (2012), The practice-scholar program: An academic-practice partnership to promote the scholarship of "best practices", In P. Crist & G. Kielhofner (Eds.), The scholarship of Practice: Academic collaborations for promoting occupational therapy (pp.71-94). New York: Routledge.

Presentations

International

Szucs, K.A. and Benson, J.D., Journal Club to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Setting. Research Poster, Lilly International Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, MD, June 2016.

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., & *Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, Lilly International Conference for College Teaching Miami, OH, November 2014

National

*Blough, A., Benson, J.D., Donoso-Brown, E. & Smitsky, D. Effects of Sensory Motor Activities on Attention to Task and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association New Orleans, LA, April 2019

*Morgus, K., Benson, J.D., Donoso Brown, E., & Smitsky, D. Effects of alternate seating on attention & in seat behavior for children with Autism Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2018

*Roach, M., *Breisinger, E. & Benson, J.D. An Exploration of the Role of Sensory Based Theory in School-based Occupational Therapy Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Philadelphia, PA, April 2017

*Sitterly, A. Partnerships for Educational Planning Talks: Facilitating Successful Transition for Families from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education Benson, J.D. contributing author Short Course American Occupational Therapy Association Philadelphia, PA April 2017

*Taylor, M., Benson J.D., & Szucs, K.A. Student Response System and Learning: Perceptions of the Student Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Philadelphia, PA, April 2017

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., & *Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Nashville, TN, April 2015

*Mejasic, J.J., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. Teacher Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Schools Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Nashville, TN, April 2015

Benson, J.D. An Assessment of Experiential Learning Labs in a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Graduate Intervention Course Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April 2014

*Elkin, K. & Benson, J.D. An Exploration of Parent Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapists in the Schools Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April 2014

*Johnston, A., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. An Exploration of Current Trends in School-based Occupational Therapy Practice Research Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Baltimore, MD, April 2014

State

*Blough, A., Benson, J.D., Donoso-Brown, E. & Smitsky, D. Effects of Sensory Motor Activities on Attention to Task and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Pittsburgh, PA, October 2018

*Geubtner, A. & Benson, J.D. A Qualitative Study of the Transition from an Educational Setting to Adulthood for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Pittsburgh, PA, October 2018

*Taylor, M., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K.A., Student Perceptions of Clicker use and Learning Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, October 2016

*Breisinger, E., Roach, M. & Benson, J.D. Sensory Integration in the Schools: Current Trends Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, October, 2016

*Corturillo, A., Szucs, K., & Benson, J.D. The Use of a Journal Club for School-based Professional Development Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Scranton, PA, October, 2015

*McManus, N., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. Current Trends in School Based Practice: Occupation Based Theory in Practice Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

*Mejasic, J.J., Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. Teacher Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Schools Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

Benson, J.D., Szucs, K. DeIuliis, E., & *Leri, A. The Impact of Student Response Systems on Student Retention of Course Content Research Poster, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Valley Forge, PA, November 2014

*Elkin, K. & Benson, J.D. Occupational Therapy in the Schools: Parent Perceptions of the OT/Parent Relationship Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

*Johnston, A., & Benson, J.D., & Szucs, K. Current Practice Trends in School-based Occupational Therapy in Pennsylvania Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

Benson, J.D. Experiential Learning Labs Embedded into a Didactic Course: Outcomes from a Pediatric Intervention Course Research Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 2013

Local

Benson, J.D. Sensory Challenges with Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

Delmonico, D. (Facilitator), Benson, J. and Prier, D. (panelists), IRB for Scholarship in Community Based Research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, 2017

Benson, J.D. Winning Ideas and Tips on Preparing Creative Teaching Award Submissions Panel Discussion, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, 2012

*denotes presentations with Duquesne University students