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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
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Health Services Utilization of Autistic Youth: Are Therapeutic Services Associated with Reduced Acute Psychiatric Care?

SIEFL Core ⟩ DREAmS Lab ⟩

Principal Investigator: Amber Angell PhD, OTR/L

Mentor: Timothy Reistetter OTR, PhD, FAOTA (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Oct 2020 – Sep 2022

Total funding

Autistic youth have high utilization of acute psychiatric healthcare, including psychiatric hospitalizations and using the emergency department for psychiatric reasons, which may indicate that they do not receive sufficient lower-level health services. Community-based therapeutic services like occupational, behavioral, speech, and physical therapy may be beneficial for autistic youth by reducing their need for acute psychiatric care. This study uses the OneFlorida Data Trust, a large Florida database of health records for over half of Florida’s large and diverse population. The purpose of this study is to investigate associations between therapeutic and acute psychiatric service utilization among autistic youth in Florida.


Type Source Number Amount
Private American Occupational Therapy Association AOTFHSR20 $99,998