Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA
Dr. Susanne Smith Roley is an occupational therapy with over 40 years of experience in pediatric practice, specializing in child development, sensory integration, learning difficulties, visual impairment, and autism. She obtained her BS in OT at Indiana University, her MS in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University and her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) at the University of Southern California. Susanne is in private practice in Orange County, California serving children and families through evaluation and consultation services. She was first certified in sensory integration in 1977, studied under Dr. A. Jean Ayres in 1981, and in 1998 co-founded and then directed the USC/WPS sensory integration certificate program for 14 years. She is currently the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization, Collaborative for Leadership in Sensory Integration (CLASI), providing a sensory integration certificate education program, offered in more than 30 countries around the world. She is a past chair of the Commission on Practice and the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section for AOTA and a contributing author of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework Domain and Process, 2002 and 2008. She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer and co-editor of the books, Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations and Sensory Integration: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Diverse Populations. She is a fellow of the AOTA and recipient of the AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence and AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award.