University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Samia Rafeedie OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS

Samia Rafeedie OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS

Director of the Professional Program and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 126
(323) 442-1274
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Biography

Samia Rafeedie received her BS in occupational therapy from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She worked as a staff occupational therapist for several years before pursuing her MA from the University of Southern California. Samia continued to grow her interest in occupational therapy education and occupational science by obtaining a clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from USC with a focus on pedagogy, active learning, and student-centered learning. Dr. Rafeedie then moved to Maryland, where she became a part-time faculty member at Towson University and managed an 18-bed adult inpatient rehabilitation unit near Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rafeedie is the Director of the Professional Program and teaches first and second year students in the master’s degree program. She continues to practice in the adult physical rehabilitation setting and supports evidence-based practice at Keck Hospital of USC.  Her professional interests include instructional methods and design, socialization to the profession, and general issues of professionalism and higher education.  Dr. Rafeedie is also co-advisor for the USC Chan Division’s Occupational Therapy and Science Council (OTSC) student organization and serves the Occupational Therapy Association of California in several capacities. She holds Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.

Awards

Credentialed Leader in Academia | 2018
American Occupational Therapy Association

Vision Award: OTAC’s Centennial Rose Parade Float Committee | 2017
Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC)

Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation (BCPR) | 2015
American Occupational Therapy Association

Service Commendation for AOTA Advisor, Coding Project | 2015
American Occupational Therapy Association

Janice Matsutsuyu Service Award | 2012
Occupational Therapy Association of California

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) | 2007
Academy of Brain Injury Certified Specialists

Outstanding Contribution in the Role of Teaching Assistant | 2005
USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Education

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

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2005 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy)
2000 | The Ohio State University

Publications

2019

Book Chapters

Rybski, M. F., Rafeedie, S., & Baumgarten, J. (2019). Kinesiology concepts. In M. Rybski (Ed.), Kinesiology for occupational therapy (3rd ed., pp. 17-35). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Journal Articles

Harris, M. B., Rafeedie, S., McArthur, D., Babikian, T., Snyder, A., Polster, D., & Giza, C. (2019). Addition of occupational therapy to an interdisciplinary concussion clinic improves identification of functional impairments. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 34(6), 425-432. https://doi.org/10.1097/HTR.0000000000000544 Show abstract

2018

Book Chapters

Rafeedie, S. (2018). Special needs of the older adult. In H. M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti's occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (8th ed., pp. 1142-1165). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. Full text

Journal Articles

Rafeedie, S., Metzler, C., & Lamb, A. J. (2018). Opportunities for occupational therapy to serve as a catalyst for culture change in nursing facilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4), 7204090010p1-7204090010p6. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.724003 Show abstract