Amy K. Lynch

Associate Professor of Instruction
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Services - OT Department


Dr. Amy Lynch is an associate professor of instruction in the College of Public Health in the occupational therapy program. She completed her MS in occupational therapy at Tufts University and her PhD at University of Delaware with a focus on infant development. She has been practicing with the pediatric population her entire career. Dr. Lynch has clinical expertise in children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and institutionalization; children with autism, as well as children with sensory integration problems, feeding/ oral motor dysphagia, brain injury, and cerebral palsy. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and Infant Massage. She has completed the 8-week training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment. Dr. Lynch has traveled to Romania and Russia, providing training at the county, institution, and foster family levels. Her post doctoral training has included intensive training and educator status for Trust Based Relational Intervention (Dr. Karyn Purvis, Texas Christian University) and Phase 1 certification in Bruce Perry's NMT measure (Child Trauma Academy). Dr. Lynch was the Manager of the OT Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for 5 years as well as the Clinic Coordinator for the International Adoption Health Program at CHOP for over 15 years. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally in topics including but not limited to: trauma, early adversity, feeding, sensory integration, NDT, international adoption medicine, and developmental care.


  • PhD, Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, University of Delaware
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Tuft's University
  • BA, Psychology, Gettysburg College

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




OTHR 5001

Developmental Perspectives in Occupational Therapy


OTHR 5013

Medical Perspectives in Occupational Therapy


OTHR 5105

Occupational Therapy Practice: Children & Youth


OTHR 5152

Research II: Design & Proposal Development for Occupational Therapy


OTHR 5251

Research III: Implementation in Occupational Therapy


OTHR 5252

Research IV: Outcomes & Dissemination Promoting Occupational Therapy


OTHR 8511

Clinical Education and Fieldwork Supervision


Selected Publications

  • Howard, A.R.H., Lynch, A.K., Call, C.D., & Cross, D.R. (2019). Sensory processing in children with a history of maltreatment: an occupational therapy perspective. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 15(1), pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1080/17450128.2019.1687963

  • Berg, K.L., Medrano, J., Acharya, K., Lynch, A., & Msall, M.E. (2018). Health Impact of Participation for Vulnerable Youth With Disabilities. Am J Occup Ther, 72(5), pp. 7205195040p1-7205195040p9. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.023622

  • Deutsch, S.A., Lynch, A., Zlotnik, S., Matone, M., Kreider, A., & Noonan, K. (2015). Mental Health, Behavioral and Developmental Issues for Youth in Foster Care. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care, 45(10), pp. 292-297. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.08.003

  • Lynch, A., Ryu, J., Agrawal, S., & Galloway, J.C. (2009). Power mobility training for a 7-month-old infant with spina bifida. Pediatr Phys Ther, 21(4), pp. 362-368. United States. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181bfae4c

  • Lynch, A., Lee, H.M., Bhat, A., & Galloway, J.C. (2008). No stable arm preference during the pre-reaching period: a comparison of right and left hand kinematics with and without a toy present. Dev Psychobiol, 50(4), pp. 390-398. United States. doi: 10.1002/dev.20297