PhD, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, FAOTA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ruth University, Chicago
Clare Giuffrida is an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. Also, Clare acts as a resource liaison between early intervention programs and community pediatric practices within Chicago while also providing direct community based pediatric interventions to children in EarIy Intervention and through clinic based services. For more than thirty years Clare has been engaged in hospital and university administration, university and continuing education teaching, direct service delivery and research in the occupational therapy departments at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mt Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa and Kennedy Child Study Center, Santa Monica, Ca. Her scholarly contributions include national and international presentation and publications within occupational therapy, rehabilitation medicine (neurorehabilitation) and exercise science/motor learning. Using practice based evidence (PBE) methodology as a core foundation for her research, Clare is focused on extending PBE methods to examine efficacious pediatric practices. In her early practice years she had the opportunity to support the dissemination of Dr. Jean Ayres’ theory and research as an instructor of sensory integration theory with Dr. Ayres, as well as, with other nationally designated occupational therapy - sensory integration faculty.
Clare participated in both the SIPT normative data collection and developed a construct validity study supporting SIPT usage. Within Clare’s primary role as an educator she coordinated several sensory integration, USC-WPS, continuing education certification courses, at different universities to support further the dissemination of sensory integration practices with the hopes of integrating this approach within mainstream occupational therapy graduate education. Clare has also been active within the state and national occupational therapy associations in the United States serving in multiple Board positions, as President of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and as a member of the Professional Development and Continuing Competency Committee of AOTA. Currently Clare is active with ILOTA as cochair of the EI committee.