University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Samia Rafeedie OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS

Samia Rafeedie OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS

Director of the Professional Program and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 126
(323) 442-1274
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Samia Rafeedie received her BS in occupational therapy from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She worked as a staff occupational therapist for several years before pursuing her MA from the University of Southern California. Samia continued to grow her interest in occupational therapy education and occupational science by obtaining a clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from USC with a focus on pedagogy, active learning, and student-centered learning. Dr. Rafeedie then moved to Maryland, where she became a part-time faculty member at Towson University and managed an 18-bed adult inpatient rehabilitation unit near Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rafeedie is the Director of the Professional Program and teaches first and second year students in the master’s degree program. She continues to practice in the adult physical rehabilitation setting and supports evidence-based practice at Keck Hospital of USC.  Her professional interests include instructional methods and design, socialization to the profession, and general issues of professionalism and higher education.  Dr. Rafeedie is also co-advisor for the USC Chan Division’s Occupational Therapy and Science Council (OTSC) student organization and serves the Occupational Therapy Association of California in several capacities. She holds Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2006 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2005 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy)
2000 | The Ohio State University



Book Chapters

Rafeedie, S. (2018). Special needs of the older adult. In H. M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti's occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (8th ed., pp. 1142-1165). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. Full text

Journal Articles

Rafeedie, S., Metzler, C., & Lamb, A. J. (2018). Opportunities for occupational therapy to serve as a catalyst for culture change in nursing facilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4), 7204090010p1-7204090010p6. Show abstractHide abstract

Ensuring that older adults are receiving quality and effective rehabilitation and skilled nursing services must be a priority to society and to the health care system, but health care policies and systems driving reimbursement continue to challenge the delivery of services. A review of the literature indicates significant problems among residents of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that could be alleviated by meaningful occupational therapy. Research and practice in the occupational therapy community should focus on this large area of practice. Advocacy by individual practitioners—challenging themselves and others to provide more patient-centered care—can lead to changes that benefit clients, facilities, and payment systems as well as contribute to career satisfaction of occupational therapy practitioners. Occupational therapy can and should serve as catalyst for culture change in SNFs by providing meaningful interventions and opportunities that support engagement and health.