Joan Surfus OTD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC (she/her/hers)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Joan Surfus has been practicing in pediatrics for more than 30 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and her master’s and clinical doctorate degrees from Misericordia University. Dr. Surfus is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy in the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, teaching Dysphagia Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics, as well as the Sensory Integration Clinical Training Program.
Dr. Surfus owns and operates Surfus Pediatric Feeding and Occupational Therapy, providing consultation, assessment and intervention for pediatric clients, specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, autism, sensory integration and development. She also works part-time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, providing occupational therapy services in the NICU/PICU. Dr. Surfus spent 21 years as a therapist, supervisor and clinical coordinator of occupational therapy and feeding specialist at Pediatric Therapy Network located in Torrance, Calif. Her focus has been in pediatric intervention with emphases in sensory integration, feeding, oral-motor and dysphagia and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Surfus teaches regularly in these areas locally, nationally and internationally. When not working, she spends her free time volunteering abroad providing services for children with special needs and education for their families.