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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Amber Angell PhD, OTR/L

Amber Angell PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

CHP 101F
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Dr. Angell’s research focuses on understudied and underserved groups of individuals on the autism spectrum, including Latinx children, girls and women, and adults. The overall purpose of her lab is to reduce disparities in autism diagnosis and services among underserved groups.

Research Interests

Autism spectrum disorders, health services, health and healthcare disparities, health equity, occupational justice.


Diana Forsythe Award | 2015
American Medical Informatics Association


Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science
2020 | University of Florida

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science
2016 | University of Southern California

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
2005 | Texas Woman’s University

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Studies
2003 | Texas Woman’s University



Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., Deavenport-Saman, A., Yin, L., Zou, B., Bai, C., Varma, D., & Solomon, O. (2021). Sex differences in co-occurring conditions among autistic children and youth in Florida: A retrospective cohort study (2012–2019). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(10), 3759–3765. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04841-5 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., Goodman, L., Walker, H. R., McDonald, K. E., Kraus, L. E., Elms, E. H., Frieden, L., Jordan Sheth, A., & Hammel, J. (2020). “Starting to live a life”: Understanding full participation for people with disabilities after institutionalization. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4), 7404205030. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.038489 Show abstract

Hand, B. N., Angell, A. M., Harris, L., & Carpenter, L. A. (2020). Prevalence of physical and mental health conditions in Medicare-enrolled, autistic older adults. Autism, 24(3), 755-764. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361319890793 Show abstract

Barnard, A. M., Riehl, S. L., Willcocks, R. J., Walter, G. A., Angell, A. M., & Vandenborne, K. (2020). Characterizing enrollment in observational studies of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by race and ethnicity. Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, 7(2), 167-173. https://doi.org/10.3233/JND-190447 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., Carlson Carroll, T., Bagatell, N., Chen, C., Kramer, J. M., Schwartz, A., Tallon, M. B., & Hammel, J. (2019). Understanding self-determination as a crucial component in promoting the distinct value of occupational therapy in post-secondary transition planning. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 12(1), 129-143. https://doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2018.1496870 Show abstract


Book Chapters

Angell, A. M., Empey, A., & Zuckerman, K. E. (2018). A review of diagnosis and service disparities among children with autism from racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. In Robert M. Hodapp & Deborah J. Fidler (Eds.), International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities (Vol. 55, pp. 145-180). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.irrdd.2018.08.003 Show abstract

Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2018). Understanding parents’ concerns about their children with autism taking public school transportation in Los Angeles County. Autism, 22(4), 401-413. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361316680182 Show abstract

Heffron, J. L., Spassiani, N. A., Angell, A. M., & Hammel, J. (2018). Using Photovoice as a participatory method to identify and strategize community participation with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(5), 382-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2018.1502350 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2017). ‘If I was a different ethnicity, would she treat me the same?’: Latino parents’ experiences obtaining autism services. Disability & Society, 32(8), 1142-1164. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1339589 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., Frank, G., & Solomon, O. (2016). Latino families' experiences with autism services: Disparities, capabilities, and occupational justice. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 36(4), 195-203. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449216666062 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Solomon, O., Angell, A. M., Yin, L., & Lawlor, M. C. (2015). 'You can turn off the light if you'd like': Pediatric health care visits for children with autism spectrum disorder as an interactional achievement. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29(4), 531-555. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12237 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2014). The social life of health records: Understanding families' experiences of autism. Social Science & Medicine, 117, 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.020 Show abstract

Angell, A. M. (2014). Occupation-centered analysis of social difference: Contributions to a socially responsive occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(2), 104-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2012.711230 Show abstract


Journal Articles

Angell, A. (2010). Selective eaters and tactile sensitivity: A review of classification and treatment methods that address anxiety and support a child’s need for a sense of control. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 2(5), 299-303. https://doi.org/10.1177/1941406410382904 Show abstract