Shawn Phipps PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Room: CHP 133
Phone: (323) 442-2850
Shawn Phipps is the Chief Strategic Development Officer at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey, Calif.) and Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association. In his role at Rancho, Dr. Phipps drives service line development, cultivates leadership growth, implements key hospital-wide strategic initiatives and engages the organization in creating a culture of and commitment to quality improvement and innovation. He is a former President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
Dr. Phipps was previously an occupational therapy supervisor and clinical specialist at Rancho for a decade, where his clinical experience included a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and other neurological and orthopedic diagnoses. He has provided clinical services at several California hospitals including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Huntington Memorial Hospital and City of Hope National Medical Center.
An alumnus of USC, he currently serves on the USC Chan Division's Board of Councilors and has been recognized with many awards including the AOTA Roster of Fellows, the 2008 AOTA Cordelia Myers Writer's Award and the 2005 OT Practice Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Healthcare Administration
Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
Phipps, S. C., & Roberts, P. (2013). Motor learning. In H. M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti's occupational therapy practice skills for physical dysfunction (7th ed., pp. 831-843). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Phipps, S. (2013). The cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial sequelae of brain injury. In E. Cara & A. MacRae (Eds.), Psychosocial occupational therapy: An evolving practice (3rd ed., pp. 541-572). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.
Phipps, S. C. (2013). Assessment and intervention for perceptual dysfunction. In H. M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti's occupational therapy practice skills for physical dysfunction (7th ed., pp. 631-647). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Phipps, S. (2006). Community participation. In K. M. Golisz (Ed.), Neurorehabilitation for traumatic brain injury (Neurorehabilitation self-paced clinical course series, G. M. Giles, series senior ed., pp. 93-134). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
Leland, N. E., Crum, K., Phipps, S., Roberts, P., & Gage, B. (2015). Advancing the value and quality of occupational therapy in health service delivery. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 6901090010p1-6901090010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.691001
Phipps, S., & Roberts, P. (2012). Predicting the effects of cerebral palsy severity on self-care, mobility, and social function. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 422-429. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.003921 Abstract →
In this retrospective, longitudinal cohort study, the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory was used to predict the effects of cerebral palsy (CP) on self-care, mobility, and social function for 2,768 children, adolescents, and young adults with CP. Multiple linear regression was used to predict functional performance and level of caregiver assistance and found that CP severity, as measured by the Gross Motor Function Classification System and the Manual Ability Classification System, had the strongest effect. More severe levels of gross motor and fine motor dysfunction resulted in lower levels of self-care, mobility, and social function and increased levels of caregiver assistance. This study provides critical evidence regarding the importance of CP severity as a predictor of self-care, mobility, and social function that can be tested in future research to improve therapy treatment planning, caregiver education, and clinical resource utilization.
Phipps, S., & Richardson, P. (2007). Occupational therapy outcomes for clients with traumatic brain injury and stroke using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 328-334. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.3.328 Abstract →
The purpose of this study was to determine whether 155 ethnically diverse clients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke (cerebrovascular accident; CVA) who received occupational therapy services perceived that they reached self-identified goals related to tasks of daily life as measured by the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). This study found that a statistically and clinically significant change in self-perceived performance and satisfaction with tasks of daily life occurred at the end of a client-centered occupational therapy program (p < .001). There were no significant differences in performance and satisfaction between the TBI and CVA groups. However, the group with right CVA reported a higher level of satisfaction with performance in daily activities than the group with left CVA (p = .03). The COPM process can effectively assist clients with neurological impairments in identifying meaningful occupational performance goals. The occupational therapist also can use the COPM to design occupation-based and client-centered intervention programs and measure occupational therapy outcomes.
Phipps, S. (2015). Transformational and visionary leadership in occupational therapy management and administration [Continuing education article]. OT Practice, 20(15), CE1-CE8. Full text
Lyons, A., Phipps, S. C., & Berro, M. (2004). Using occupation in the clinic. OT Practice, 9(13), 11-15. Full text