Faculty/Staff Resources Student Resources
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
Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube

Samantha Valasek OTD, OTR/L(she/her/hers)

Samantha Valasek OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

HRA 500
(323) 442-3354
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Download Curriculum Vitae

Samantha Valasek is a clinical faculty member at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, the USC Chan Division’s private clinic where occupational therapists deliver lifestyle-based interventions. As an experienced provider of Lifestyle Redesign® services, she works with clients with various chronic conditions to support the acquisition of health-promoting habits and routines that can help people lead healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives. Dr. Valasek balances her clinical responsibilities with teaching, fieldwork education, and scholarly pursuits.

Dr. Valasek received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC in 2015 and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from USC in 2016. Her clinical residency focused on the development and expansion of occupational therapy services in primary care settings to improve clients’ access to quality health care, which continues to be an area of focus in her clinical and scholarly work.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2016 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2015 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Natural Science: Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy
2012 | Loyola Marymount University



Journal Articles

Cunningham, R., & Valasek, S. (2019). Occupational therapy interventions for urinary dysfunction in primary care: A case series. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(5), 7305185040p1-7305185040p8. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.038356 Show abstract

Other Articles

Marchioni, M., Cunningham, R., & Valasek, S. (2019). Sexual health: Addressing identity, expression, and function in occupational therapy practice. OT Practice, 24(3), 31-33. Full text


Other Articles

Valasek, S., & Halle, A. (2018). Practicing in an established primary care setting: Practical tips and considerations. OT Practice, 23(15), 8–11, 13. https://doi.org/10.7138/otp.2018.2315.f1