Sara Benham, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Sara Benham

Sara Benham OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy


BS, Purdue University

MOT, University of Indianapolis

OTD, Thomas Jefferson University


Occupational Roles

Wife, mother, daughter, friend, occupational therapist, church member, vegetarian, traveler, nature lover, sewing enthusiast, stained glass crafter, hiker.

Occupational History

Sara recently experienced a joyful transition to the new occupational role of mother to a baby boy named Everett.  Sara and her family enjoy cooking vegetarian meals, hiking, and international travel.

Sara has lived and worked as an OT in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Houston because she thrives on connecting to new people and diving into new experiences.  Sara’s transition to full-time academia was influenced by her love for clinical fieldwork education. 

Clinical Practice

Sara has nine years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in the areas of inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, and home care.  Her specialization is in assistive technology and she holds an advanced certification as Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.  She has a passion for wheelchair seating and mobility and the use of smart phones and tablets to enable clients to participate in their meaningful occupations.  She has also completed credentialing training in physical agent modalities (PAMs) through the Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, LLC (PAMPCA).  Sara specializes in stroke neuro-rehabilitation through practice, research, and educational outreach.  She co-developed and routinely teaches an OT neuro-rehabilitation course for a rehab technician program in Haiti.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Benham, S. & Toth-Cohen, S. The OT's role in an interprofessional research team. AOTA Conference, Nashville, TN. (2015).

Benham, S. The App Class: An inpatient rehabilitation wellness group. AOTA Conference, Baltimore, MD. (2014).

Benham, S. New approaches to assessing cognition after serious brain injury. Contemporary Forums, Brain Injuries: An Interprofessional Approach to Rehabilitation, San Francisco, CA. (2014).

Benham, S. & Leider, S. Technology Show and Tell. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Pathways to Recovery in Stroke Rehabilitation, Los Angeles, CA. (2013).

Benham, S. Methods to integrate assistive technology in inpatient rehabilitation. (2013).

Benham, S. Stroke critically appraised topic: Task-specific training vs. strength training. (2013).

Benham, S. Low-tech solutions for a high-tech world: Integration of assistive technology in inpatient rehabilitation. AOTA Conference, Indianapolis, IN. (2012).

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave., Room 100
Mailing address: Box # 8
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7314

s [dot] benham [at] usciences [dot] edu