Sean Roush, OTD, OTR/ L

Assistant Professor

Sean graduated with his BS in OT in 1997 from Pacific University and began practicing in community mental health at the County Health and Human Services in McMinnville. He has developed expertise in working with people with co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse, etc.), and was a key team member on a project to identify and treat people with early stages of psychosis in hopes of creating better prevention and treatment programs.

In 2007 Sean earned his OTD degree from Creighton University, and began teaching the OT Re-entry program for Occupational Therapists in the fall of 2007. In the Fall of 2009 the OT faculty, students and staff welcomed Sean as the newest faculty member.

Sean's research interests center around the early identification and intervention among young people at high risk for or experiencing first episode psychosis.  More specifically, he's interested in how the onset of psychotic symptoms affects occupational identity as defined in the Model of Human Occupation and by noted occupationl therapist Dr. Charles Christiansen.  Sean hopes to use the findings of his research to "assist young people to develop healthy and functional occupational identities in order to help them make sense of their experiences, develop satisfying and productive lives beyond the symptoms they experience, and achieve their goals and dreams." Sean also has a more global goal of revitalizing mental health practice within the field of OT and foresees a future when OT is universally recognized as an essential element of the mental health treatment team and there are OTs lined up to fill the positions.

Sean enjoys balancing his life by riding his retired police motorcycle, traveling with his wife, Barb, and two boys, Vince and Alex, and amassing an eclectic music collection.  He revitalizes himself by spending time in the outdoors, attending live music events, and reading science fiction and biographies of famous performers of the 20th century.





Roush S. (2009) The menu approach to supported employment for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness:  Outcomes in an Oregon community based program. WORK A Journal of Presentation Assessment and Rehabilitation 34(1), 45-51.