University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Shelby Surfas OTD, OTR/L

Shelby Surfas

Director of Occupational Therapy at the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, joint appointment with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Pediatrics

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Biography

Shelby Surfas, assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at the University of Southern California, is a specialist in the area of pediatrics and currently serves as the Director of Occupational Therapy at the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) based at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is an active clinician with the Boone Fetter Autism Clinic, an Autism Treatment Network site which operates as a diagnostic, clinical and research center for autism and other Neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders.
 
Dr. Surfas' recently appointed role with the UCEDD, has primarily addressed a nationally prevalent gap in occupational therapy services for children with mental health needs, while providing awareness and education, along with direct and consultative services which has quintupled since her inception. A new relationship with local Head Start programs has developed into presentations of continuing education lectures and brochure materials on the topics of autism and sensory integration in the classroom for educators and the families they serve. She has taught child development in the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Department at the University of Southern California, along with continuing education in advance practice for sensory integration, autism, and interdisciplinary assessments. Her recent publication, "A. Jean Ayres: The Pioneer Behind Sensory Integration," is now available as a teaching tool for professionals and families as a model of dedication, leadership, and achievement of excellence in life.

Education

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

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
2004

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
Lake Forest College
2001