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


OTHR 8905

Capstone Project


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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