Varleisha Gibbs OTD, OTR/L

Varleisha Gibbs OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Education

BA (Delaware), MS (Columbia), OTD (Jefferson)

Research Interests

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Family-Centered Care, Telerehabilitation, Cultural Disparities in Healthcare

Synopsis

Occupational Roles

Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Entrepreneur, Occupational Therapist, Educator, Lover of Dance

Occupational History

Varleisha loves being a mother.  She has a son, Tennessee George Gibbs III, and a daughter Dakota Simone Gibbs.  Her husband ‘George’ has become an integral part of her career as seen in his role within their occupational therapy private practice. Varleisha enjoys spending time at home, especially the impromptu dance parties with her children.

As a previous adjunct instructor, Varleisha found a passion for academia.  She joined the University of the Sciences Occupational Therapy Department in the summer of 2012.  Her teaching efforts involve clinical medicine, clinical management and supervision, developmental interventions, clinical teaching and learning, cognition, neurology, and evaluations and assessments courses.

Education

Varleisha completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.  She immediately followed with attending Columbia University where she received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.  With a desire to continue evolving as a practitioner and educator, Varleisha attended Seton Hall University’s PhD program in Health Sciences.  Following a wonderful experience of being within that program for several years, she decided to pursue a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. Hence, she obtained that degree from Thomas Jefferson University.

Clinical Practice

Varleisha comes with a varied foundation relating to her clinical practice.  She initiated her career through agency-based employment allowing for experience in a wide variety of environments.  Varleisha became a Director of Rehabilitation for Kessler Rehabilitation in Norwood New Jersey.  With a continued interest in physical disabilities, as well as pediatrics, she began Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. The agency was designed to allow her, and other practitioners, the opportunity to expand their roles as professionals.  While growing her company, Varleisha was allowed opportunities to perform various in-service initiatives for families, caregivers, future Occupational Therapy Students, and support staff.  Her passion has been to include the family system in the clinical decision making process.  In addition to her current roles, she recently has been requested to perform various speaking engagements across the country.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Publications:

Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Telerehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Occupational Therapy in Health Care 2011 25:4, 298-314

Research Activities:

Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Telerehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.Thomas Jefferson University (2010)

Performance of subject recruitment
Analysis of assessment tools
Performance of data collection
Development of telerehabilitation program
Development of website design
Performance of online consultation sessions with parents and children

A Comparison of the Sensory Processing of Children on the Autism Spectrum with Typically Developing Children.  Seton Hall Graduate Medical Education in Health Sciences (2007)

Analysis of The Sensory Challenge Protocol
Performance of data collection
Performance of subject recruitment

A Comparison of Rural Versus Urban African Americans in Relationship to Diet and Cardiovascular Disease. Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy (2002)

Performed literature review
Utilized SPSS programs to interpret data analysis

Professional Presentations:

Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Telerehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thomas Jefferson University (2010)

Evidence-Based Practice in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Universal Progressive Therapy (2010, 2009, 2008)

Hand Function Following a Brain Lesion of the Premotor Cortex. Seton Hall University. Graduate Medical Health Sciences. Reach and Grasp (2007)

A Review of Kinematics for 3D Motion Analysis for Gait. Seton Hall University. Graduate Medical Health Sciences. Biomechanics (2006)

A Comparison of Rural Versus Urban Minorities in Relationship to Diet and Cardiovascular Disease. Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy Poster Sessions (2002)

Presenter for PESI continuing education seminars

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave.
Email:

v [dot] gibbs [at] usciences [dot] edu