SPD Scientific Work Group Participants

Ben-Sasson, Ayelet, ScD, OT

Title: Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy,
Department: Social Welfare and Health Sciences
Institution: University of Haifa
Mailing Address: Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905, Israel
Phone: +972 (4) 8240835

Dr. Ben-Sasson received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Hebrew University and her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Her extensive research is focused on autism, sensory modulation disorders, and Infant development. She was the principle investigator for the study, “Early Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Daycare”, funded by the Marie Curie international Reintegration Grant. Dr. Ben-Sasson is involved in an ongoing research project, “Social Development: What Predicts Developmental Risk?” that examines the development of social communication behaviors in infants and their relation to sensory-motor development and the risk for developmental disabilities. Dr. Ben-Sasson has presented at numerous conferences around the world and is internationally recognized for her research. She was the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the Conference Autism: Innovations from studies of early screening, intervention and development held at Haifa University, Israel and has been a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Centre of Excellence at University of Haifa for the past five years.