Beth Pfeiffer

Associate Professor
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
1913 North Broad Street


Dr. Pfeiffer earned a BA in psychology and special education from Arcadia University, an MS in occupational therapy with a specialization in pediatrics from Temple University, and a PhD in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences teaching courses in the doctorate of occupational therapy and mentoring research in the entry-level and post-professional occupational therapy programs. Dr. Pfeiffer's research focuses on treatment and measurement of person environmental interactions in individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum and mental health disorders. Dr. Pfeiffer maintains her clinical practice in the area of pediatrics.


  • PhD, Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Temple University
  • BA, Psychology/Special Education, Arcadia University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




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


Selected Publications

  • Pfeiffer, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Hallock, T., Salzer, M., Davidson, A.P., Slugg, L., & Feeley, C. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Participation and Mobility in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord, 52(4), pp. 1553-1567. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05054-0

  • Pfeiffer, B., DeRita, J., Giacomucci, E., Gubler, J., Halteman, T., O’Donnell, E., Seifried, G., & Pompanio, A. (2021). Barriers and Facilitators to Public Transportation Use for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 37(1), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2020.1832013

  • Pfeiffer, B., Falo, K., Gallagher, L., Kaufmann, C., Li, J., & Yabor, F. (2020). Community mobility plans for individuals with developmental disabilities: A feasibility study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(5), pp. 334-343. doi: 10.1177/0308022619883486

  • Pfeiffer, B., Sell, A., & Bevans, K.B. (2020). Initial evaluation of a public transportation training program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Short report. Journal of Transport and Health, 16. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100813

  • Bevans, K.B., Piller, A., & Pfeiffer, B. (2020). Psychometric Evaluation of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire-Home Scale (PSEQ-H). Am J Occup Ther, 74(3), pp. 7403205050p1-7403205050p9. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2020.036509

  • Pfeiffer, B., Piller, A., Bevans, K., & Shiu, C. (2019). Reliability of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire: Community Scales. Res Autism Spectr Disord, 64, pp. 84-93. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.03.008

  • Piller, A., Fletcher, T., Pfeiffer, B., Dunlap, K., & Pickens, N. (2019). Construct Validity of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire–Teacher Version. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 44(3), pp. 212-224. doi: 10.1177/1534508418758363

  • Pfeiffer, B., Erb, S.R., & Slugg, L. (2019). Impact of Noise-Attenuating Headphones on Participation in the Home, Community, and School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr, 39(1), pp. 60-76. England. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2018.1496963

  • Pfeiffer, B., Duker, L.S., Murphy, A., & Shui, C. (2019). Effectiveness of Noise-Attenuating Headphones on Physiological Responses for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Front Integr Neurosci, 13, p. 65. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2019.00065

  • Duker, L.I.S., Kim, H.K.S., Pomponio, A., Mosqueda, L., & Pfeiffer, B. (2019). Examining Primary Care Health Encounters for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Am J Occup Ther, 73(5), pp. 7305185030p1-7305185030p11. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2019.037226

  • Schiavone, N., Szczepanik, D., Koutras, J., Pfeiffer, B., & Slugg, L. (2018). Caregiver Strategies to Enhance Participation in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. OTJR (Thorofare N J), 38(4), pp. 235-244. United States. doi: 10.1177/1539449218786713

  • Pfeiffer, B., Piller, A., Slugg, L., & Shiu, C. (2018). Brief Report: Reliability of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire: Home Scales. J Autism Dev Disord, 48(7), pp. 2567-2576. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3499-8

  • Pfeiffer, B., Coster, W., Tucker, C., & Piller, A. (2018). Development and Content Validity of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire. Occup Ther Ment Health, 34(2), pp. 105-121. United States. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2017.1383221

  • Pfeiffer, B., Clark, G.F., & Arbesman, M. (2018). Effectiveness of Cognitive and Occupation-Based Interventions for Children With Challenges in Sensory Processing and Integration: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther, 72(1), pp. 7201190020p1-7201190020p9. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.028233

  • Pfeiffer, B., May-Benson, T.A., & Bodison, S.C. (2018). State of the Science of Sensory Integration Research With Children and Youth. Am J Occup Ther, 72(1), pp. 7201170010p1-7201170010p4. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.721003

  • Pfeiffer, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Davidson, A., & Persch, A. (2018). Impact of person-environment fit on job satisfaction for working adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48(1), pp. 49-57. doi: 10.3233/JVR-170915

  • Piller, A., Fletcher, T., Pfeiffer, B., Dunlap, K., & Pickens, N. (2017). Reliability of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire: Teacher Version. J Autism Dev Disord, 47(11), pp. 3541-3549. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3273-3

  • Pfeiffer, B., Piller, A., Giazzoni-Fialko, T., & Chainani, A. (2017). Meaningful outcomes for enhancing quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 42(1), pp. 90-100. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1197893

  • Pfeiffer, B., Braun, K., Kinnealey, M., Matczak, M.D., & Polatajko, H. (2017). Environmental factors impacting work satisfaction and performance for adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 47(1), pp. 1-12. doi: 10.3233/JVR-170878

  • Pfeiffer, B., Coster, W., Snethen, G., Derstine, M., Piller, A., & Tucker, C. (2017). Caregivers' Perspectives on the Sensory Environment and Participation in Daily Activities of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Am J Occup Ther, 71(4), pp. 7104220020p1-7104220028p9. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.021360

  • Reynolds, S., Glennon, T.J., Ausderau, K., Bendixen, R.M., Kuhaneck, H.M., Pfeiffer, B., Watling, R., Wilkinson, K., & Bodison, S.C. (2017). Using a Multifaceted Approach to Working With Children Who Have Differences in Sensory Processing and Integration. Am J Occup Ther, 71(2), pp. 7102360010p1-7102360010p10. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.019281

  • Piller, A. & Pfeiffer, B. (2016). The Sensory Environment and Participation of Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. OTJR (Thorofare N J), 36(3), pp. 103-111. United States. doi: 10.1177/1539449216665116

  • Zylstra, S.E. & Pfeiffer, B. (2016). Effectiveness of a Handwriting Intervention With At-Risk Kindergarteners. Am J Occup Ther, 70(3), pp. 7003220020p1-7003220020p8. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.018820

  • Reynolds, S., Kuhaneck, H.M., & Pfeiffer, B. (2016). Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Frequency Modulation Devices in Improving Academic Outcomes in Children With Auditory Processing Difficulties. Am J Occup Ther, 70(1), pp. 7001220030p1-7001220030p11. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.016832

  • Pfeiffer, B., Rai, G., Murray, T., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2015). Erratum: Effectiveness of the Size Matters handwriting program (OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, (2015) 35 (110-119) DOI: 10.1177/1539449215573004). OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health, 35(4), p. 251. doi: 10.1177/1539449215592659

  • Pfeiffer, B., Rai, G., Murray, T., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2015). Effectiveness of the Size Matters Handwriting Program. OTJR (Thorofare N J), 35(2), pp. 110-119. United States. doi: 10.1177/1539449215573004

  • Pfeiffer, B., Daly, B.P., Nicholls, E.G., & Gullo, D.F. (2015). Assessing sensory processing problems in children with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr, 35(1), pp. 1-12. England. doi: 10.3109/01942638.2014.904471

  • Pfeiffer, B., Moskowitz, B., Paoletti, A., Brusilovskiy, E., Zylstra, S.E., & Murray, T. (2015). Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI): An Effective Outcome Measure for Handwriting Interventions for Kindergarten, First-Grade, and Second-Grade Students? Am J Occup Ther, 69(4), pp. 6904350010p1-6904350010p7. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.015826

  • Pfeiffer, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Bauer, J., & Salzer, M.S. (2014). Sensory processing, participation, and recovery in adults with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 37(4), pp. 289-296. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000099

  • Kinnealey, M., Pfeiffer, B., Miller, J., Roan, C., Shoener, R., & Ellner, M.L. (2012). Effect of classroom modification on attention and engagement of students with autism or dyspraxia. Am J Occup Ther, 66(5), pp. 511-519. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.004010

  • Pfeiffer, B.A., Koenig, K., Kinnealey, M., Sheppard, M., & Henderson, L. (2011). Effectiveness of sensory integration interventions in children with autism spectrum disorders: a pilot study. Am J Occup Ther, 65(1), pp. 76-85. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.09205

  • Kliger, D. & Pfeiffer, E. (2011). Engaging Students in Blended Courses Through Increased Technology. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 25(1), pp. 11-14. doi: 10.1097/00001416-201110000-00003

  • Pfeiffer, B., Henry, A., Miller, S., & Witherell, S. (2008). Effectiveness of Disc 'O' Sit cushions on attention to task in second-grade students with attention difficulties. Am J Occup Ther, 62(3), pp. 274-281. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.62.3.274

  • Pfeiffer, B., Kinnealey, M., Reed, C., & Herzberg, G. (2005). Sensory modulation and affective disorders in children and adolescents with Asperger's disorder. Am J Occup Ther, 59(3), pp. 335-345. United States. doi: 10.5014/ajot.59.3.335

  • Pfeiffer, B. & Kinnealey, M. (2003). Treatment of sensory defensiveness in adults. Occup Ther Int, 10(3), pp. 175-184. England. doi: 10.1002/oti.184