Shelby Surfas OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, joint appointment with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Pediatrics and Director of Occupational Therapy, USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Shelby Surfas, assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at the University of Southern California, is a specialist in the area of pediatrics and currently serves as the Director of Occupational Therapy at the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is an active clinician with the Boone Fetter Autism Clinic, an Autism Treatment Network site which operates as a diagnostic, clinical and research center for autism and other Neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Surfas’ recently appointed role with the UCEDD, has primarily addressed a nationally prevalent gap in occupational therapy services for children with mental health needs, while providing awareness and education, along with direct and consultative services which has quintupled since her inception. A new relationship with local Head Start programs has developed into presentations of continuing education lectures and brochure materials on the topics of autism and sensory integration in the classroom for educators and the families they serve. She has taught child development in the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Department at the University of Southern California, along with continuing education in advance practice for sensory integration, autism, and interdisciplinary assessments. Her recent publication, “A. Jean Ayres: The Pioneer Behind Sensory Integration,” is now available as a teaching tool for professionals and families as a model of dedication, leadership, and achievement of excellence in life.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2006 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2004 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
2001 | Lake Forest College
Surfas, S., & Edwards, B. (2022). Incorporating sensory integration approaches in pediatric mental health. In E. I. Blanche, C. Giuffrida, M. Hallway, B. Edwards, & L. A. Test (Eds.), An evidence-based guide to combining interventions with sensory integration in pediatric practice (pp. 182-196). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003050810-13
February 7, 2021
This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is February 1-7. The week focuses on the importance of children and young individuals’ mental health. Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy Dr. Shelby Surfas is a specialist in the area of pediatric mental health, and currently serves as…
October 22, 2013
85 Trojan alumni and faculty will be presenting at the 2013 Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, Oct. 24-27 at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center. On the evening of Friday Oct. 25, be sure to join your USC Trojan Family at the conference's alumni cocktail mixer.…