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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Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM

Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM

Director of the PhD in Occupational Science Program and Associate Professor

Room: HRA 505
(323) 442-1850
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Web: chan.usc.edu/msop
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Biography

Shawn C. Roll received his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction. He continued his post-secondary education at OSU, obtaining an M.S. in Allied Health Professions with a Minor in Research Methods in Human Resources Development, and received his Ph.D. degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. Dr. Roll’s clinical experience is in work programs, focusing on assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of work-related injuries. Dr. Roll is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) and a registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSKS). He was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in 2015 and a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (FAIUM) in 2019.

Research Interests

Dr. Roll has developed an interdisciplinary research career combining his clinical occupational therapy skills with specialization in musculoskeletal sonography and industrial engineering/ergonomics. Through his research, he collaborates with rehabilitation providers, radiologic sciences, industrial and systems engineering, neurology and orthopedics. Dr. Roll’s research strives to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through a holistic approach, to effectively evaluate and provide prevention or rehabilitation interventions within the adult population. His research focus includes:

  • Use of diagnostic sonography in the evaluation, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a primary focus on the upper extremities
  • Investigation of physical exposures, stress, psychosocial factors and personality traits as each relate to the development of musculoskeletal disorders and how each mitigate or promote successful prevention and rehabilitation efforts
  • Investigation of tools and approaches for determining functional capacity in healthy and injured workers

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health & Rehabiliation Sciences
2011 | The Ohio State University

Master of Science (MS) in Allied Health Professions
2006 | The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy)
2002 | The Ohio State University

Publications

2019

Book Chapters

Roll, S. C. (2019). Workers’ compensation. In K. Jacobs (Ed.), Occupational Therapy Manager (6th ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Journal Articles

Krause, D., Ryan, S., Krpalek, D., Roll, S. C., Javaherian-Dysinger, H., & Daher, N. (2019). Participants’ perceptions of Kinesio tape for carpal tunnel syndrome: A qualitative study. Hand Therapy, 24(2), 37–47. https://doi.org/10.1177/1758998319841646 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Tung, K. D., Chang, H., Sehremelis, T. A., Fukumura, Y. E., Randolph, S., & Forrest, J. L. (2019). Prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders in oral health care professionals: A systematic review. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 150(6), 489-502. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adaj.2019.01.031 Show abstract

Aryal, A., Becerik-Gerber, B., Anselmo, F., Roll, S. C., & Lucas, G. (2019). Smart desks to promote comfort, health and productivity in offices: A vision for future workplaces. Frontiers in Built Environment, 5, 76. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2019.00076 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Wade, E. T., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Hand therapy interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses evaluated over the last 10 years: A mapping review linking research to practice. Journal of Hand Therapy, 32(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.05.018 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Kysh, L., Mack, W. J., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Sonographic reference values of median nerve cross-sectional area: A protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 8(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0929-9 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Identification of aberrant muscle bellies in the carpal tunnel using sonography. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 35(1), 62–68. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479318807469 Show abstract

2018

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Takata, S., Roll, S., & Wade, E. (2018). Linking research to practice for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders: Interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses examined over 10 years [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211505144p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP302D Show abstract

Takata, S., & Roll, S. C. (2018). Patient experiences of participating in mind–body interventions in an outpatient rehabilitation setting [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211515237p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP203C Show abstract

Hardison, M., Black, D., & Roll, S. C. (2018). Effects of mind–body interventions on stress, anxiety, and pain in hand therapy patients [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211515280p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP302C Show abstract

Roll, S., Hardison, M. E., & Colclazier, N. (2018). Risk assessment for musculoskeletal strain among dental hygienists: Validity and reliability of a video observation technique [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211500023p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP202B Show abstract

Roll, S., Cristino, A., & Mitchell, J. (2018). Characterizing changes in the median nerve during hand grip using dynamic sonographic imaging [Poster presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL]. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 70(Suppl. 9). https://doi.org/10.1002/art.40700 Show abstract

2017

Journal Articles

Dhyani, M., Roll, S. C., Gilbertson, M. W., Orlowski, M., Anvari, A., Li, Q., Anthony, B., & Samir, A. E. (2017). A pilot study to precisely quantify forces applied by sonographers while scanning: A step toward reducing ergonomic injury. Work, 58(2), 241-247. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-172611 Show abstract

Dhyani, M., Roll, S. C., Gilbertson, M. W., Orlowski, M., Anvari, A., Li, Q., Anthony, B., & Samir, A. E. (2017). Direct and precise quantification of forces applied by sonographers during abdominal imaging. Work, 52(2), 241-247. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-172611 Show abstract

Roll, S. C. (2017). Embracing the expanding horizons of diagnostic medical sonography: Clinical innovation, interdisciplinary growth, and scientific discovery. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 33(2), 81-82. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479317698665

Roll, S. C., & Hardison, M. E. (2017). Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101180010p1-7101180010p12. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.023234 Show abstract

Marik, T. L., & Roll, S. C. (2017). Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for musculoskeletal shoulder conditions: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101180020p1-7101180020p11. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.023127 Show abstract

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2017). Factors associated with success in an occupational rehabilitation program for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101190040p1-7101190040p8. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.023200 Show abstract

Gray, J. M., Frank, G., & Roll, S. C. (2017). Integrating musculoskeletal sonography into rehabilitation: Therapists' experiences with training and implementation. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 37(1), 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449216681275 Show abstract

2016

Books

Hegmann, K. T., Melhorn, J. M., Ausfahl, J., Freshwater, M. F., Prezzia, C. P., Rempel, D. M., Roll, S. C., Rollins, R. J., Werner, R. A., & Zaremski, J. (2016). ACOEM hand, wrist, and forearm disorders guideline. Westminster, CO: Reed Group. Full text

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C. (2016). Current evidence and opportunities for expanding the role of occupational therapy for adults with musculoskeletal conditions. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101170010p1-7101170010p5. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.711002 Show abstract

Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Mindfulness interventions in physical rehabilitation: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(3), 7003290030p1-7003290030p9. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.018069 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Asai, C., & Tsai, J. (2016). Clinical utilization of musculoskeletal sonography involving non-physician rehabilitation providers: A scoping review. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 52(2), 253-262. Full text Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Hardison, M., & Roll, S. C. (2016). Mindfulness for physical rehabilitation in occupational therapy: A scoping review [Poster presented at the 2016 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Chicago, IL]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(4, Suppl. 1), 7011505137p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.70S1-PO4041 Show abstract

2015

Books

Roll, S. C. (2015). Carpal tunnel syndrome: Improving intervention effectiveness. Brockton, MA: Specialty Commerce Publishing. Full text

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C., Volz, K. R., Fahy, C. M., & Evans, K. D. (2015). Carpal tunnel syndrome severity staging using sonographic and clinical measures. Muscle & Nerve, 51(6), 838-845. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.24478 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Gray, J. M., Frank, G., & Wolkoff, M. (2015). Exploring occupational therapists' perceptions of the usefulness of musculoskeletal sonography in upper-extremity rehabilitation [Brief report]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(4), 6904350020p1-6904350020p6. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.016436 Show abstract

Roll, S. C. (2015). Role of sonographic imaging in occupational therapy practice [In brief]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(3), 6903360010p1-6903360010p8. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.015941 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Rana, M., Sigward, S. M., Yani, M. S., Kirages, D. J., & Kutch, J. J. (2015). Reliability of superficial male pelvic floor structural measurements using linear-array transperineal sonography. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 41(2), 610-617. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.09.008 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Roll, S. C., McLaughlin Gray, J., Frank, G., & Wolkoff, M. (2015). Therapist perceptions of the utility of sonographic imaging in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders [Poster presented at the 2015 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 1), 6911515064p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.69S1-PO2093 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Rana, M., Sigward, S., Yani, M., Kirages, D., & Kutch, J. (2015). Cadaveric validation and in-vivo measurement reliability of a novel linear-array transperineal sonographic evaluation of male pelvic floor structures [Electronic poster presented at the 2015 AIUM Annual Convention and Preconvention Program Hosting WFUMB Congress]. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 41(4, suppl), S103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.12.426 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Gray, J. M., & Frank, G. (2015). Competency development and complexities of clinical integration of musculoskeletal sonography by non-physician rehabilitation providers [Paper presented at the 2015 AIUM Annual Convention and Preconvention Program Hosting WFUMB Congress]. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 41(Suppl. 4), S20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.12.124 Show abstract

2014

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C., Darragh, A. R., O'Brien, J. C., & Fosjer, T. F. (2014). In memoriam: Jane Douglas Case-Smith (September 5, 1953 – July 30, 2014). OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 34(4), 171-175. https://doi.org/10.3928/15394492-20141006-03

Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., Pargeon, R. L., Fout, L. T., Buford, J., & Roll, S. C. (2014). Use of contrast enhanced sonography to investigate intraneural vascularity in a cohort of macaca fascicularis with suspected median mononeuropathy. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 33(1), 103-109. https://doi.org/10.7863/ultra.33.1.103 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Selhorst, L., & Evans, K. D. (2014). Contribution of positioning to work-related musculoskeletal discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers. Work, 47(2), 253-260. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-121579 Show abstract

2013

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., & Sommerich, C. M. (2013). Longitudinal design for sonographic measurement of median nerve swelling with controlled exposure to physical work using an animal model. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 39(12), 2492-2497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2013.08.008 Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., Roll, S. C., Hutmire, C. M., Pargeon, R. L., Buford, J. A., & Sommerich, C. M. (2013). Establishing an imaging protocol for detection of vascularity within the median nerve using contrast enhanced ultrasound. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 29(5), 201-207. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479313503211 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Li, X., Sommerich, C. M., & Case-Smith, J. (2013). Importance of tissue morphology relative to patient reports of symptoms and functional limitations resulting from median nerve pathology. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(1), 64-72. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.005785 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., & Kutch, J. J. (2013). Transperineal sonography evaluation of muscles and vascularity in the male pelvic floor. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 29(1), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479312472394 Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Volz, K. R., & Freimer, M. (2013). [Reply] Nerve Blood Flow. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 32(1), 188-189. Full text

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., & Sommerich, C. M. (2013). Longitudinal analysis of grayscale imaging and electromyography in an animal model of carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 32(Suppl), S49.

2012

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C. (2012). Injuries and prevention in health care providers. Work, 42(3), 309-310. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2012-1439

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Hutmire, C. D., & Baker, J. P. (2012). An analysis of occupational factors related to shoulder discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists. Work, 42(3), 355-365. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2012-1434 Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Volz, K. R., & Freimer, M. (2012). Relationship between intraneural vascular flow measured with sonography and carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis based on electrodiagnostic testing. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 31(5), 729-736. Full text Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Volz, K. R., Hutmire, C., & Roll, S. C. (2012). Morphologic characterization of intraneural flow associated with median nerve pathology. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 28(1), 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479311426777 Show abstract

2011

Journal Articles

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Li, X., Freimer, M., & Sommerich, C. M. (2011). Screening for carpal tunnel syndrome using ultrasonography. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 30(12), 1657-1667. Full text Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Case-Smith, J., & Evans, K. D. (2011). Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography versus electromyography in carpal tunnel syndrome: A systematic review of literature. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 37(10), 1539-1553. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2011.06.011 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., & Evans, K. D. (2011). Sonographic representation of bifid median nerve and persistent median artery. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 27(2), 89-94. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479311399763 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Volz, K. R., Buford, J. A., & Sommerich, C. M. (2011). Ultrasound contrast-enhanced interrogation of the median nerve to document peripheral vascular flow in an animal model [Paper presented at the 13th World Congress of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Vienna, Austria]. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011, 37(8S), S6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2011.05.054 Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Volz, K. R., & Sommerich, C. M. (2011). Spectral Doppler measurement of perineural flow within the median nerve compared to nerve conduction studies [Paper presented at the 13th World Congress of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Vienna, Austria]. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011, 37(8S), S6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2011.05.052 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., Evans, K. D., Freimer, M. L., Case-Smith, J., & Sommerich, C. M. (2011). Relationship of median nerve ultrasonographic measures to anthropometric and demographic factors for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome [Paper presented at the 13th World Congress of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Vienna, Austria]. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011, 37(8S), S6-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2011.05.055 Show abstract

2010

Journal Articles

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Hutmire, C. D., & Baker, J. P. (2010). Factors that contribute to wrist-hand-finger discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 26(3), 121-129. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479310366471 Show abstract

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., Li, X., & Sammet, S. (2010). A holistic evaluation of risk factors for work related musculoskeletal distress among asymptomatic sonographers performing neurosonology: A pilot study. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 26(2), 64-78. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479309352360 Show abstract

2009

Journal Articles

Evans, K. D., Roll, S. C., & Baker, J. (2009). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDS) among registered diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists: A representative sample. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 25(6), 287-299. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479309351748 Show abstract

Roll, S. C., & Evans, K. D. (2009). Feasibility of using a hand-carried sonographic unit for investigating median nerve pathology. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 25(5), 241-249. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479309345284 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Sommerich, C. M., Gumpina, R., Roll, S. C., Le, P., & Chandler, D. (2009, May). Investigating effects of controller algorithm on torque tool operator. Paper presented at the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Miami, FL.