Sean Roush, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor
503-352-7353
Health Professions Building 2 377
Areas I Teach 

Sean graduated with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy in 1997 from Pacific University and began practicing in community mental health at the Yamhill County Abacus Program in McMinnville, OR. At Abacus he worked in a variety of areas including: co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse, etc.), early psychosis, supported housing, supported education, supported employment, and other recovery based approaches.  In 2007, he earned his Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree from Creighton University and began teaching as an adjunct at Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy. In January 2010, he became a full-time faculty member.

Sean’s focus has always been on recapturing the roots of occupational therapy in mental health.  He is an active advocate promoting occupational therapy practitioners to be recognized at both the state and national levels as mental health professionals.  Sean has engaged in research focusing on OT’s role in early psychosis and the role of peer support for recovery through Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA), a specialty 12-step program for individuals living with mental illness and substance misuse. 

In addition to his work with DDA, Sean’s current primary focus is on supporting the recovery of individuals living with mental illness through participation in higher education.  He is engaging students in the process of bringing the Converge Program, developed in York, UK to provide high quality educational opportunities to users of mental health services on university campuses, to Oregon.

Sean balances his life by traveling with his family, participating in his two son’s extracurricular activities, and amassing an eclectic music collection. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, attending live music events, and reading science fiction and biographies of famous performers of the 20th century.

Education

2007 | OTD, Creighton University

1997 | BS, Occupational Therapy, Pacific University

Publications

  • Brown, C., Stoffel, V., & Munoz, J. (Eds.), Roush, S. (Assoc. Ed.). (2019). Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Co.
  • Roush, S. & Read H. (2019). Chapter 38: Early Psychosis Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults. In. C. Brown, V. Stoffel, & J. Munoz (Eds.), Roush, S. (Assoc. Ed.) Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Co.
  • Read, H., Roush, S., & Downing, D. (2018). Early Intervention in Mental Health: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(5).
  • Downing, D. & Roush, S. (2018). AOTA Critically Appraised Topics: Cognitive remediation/enhancement in early intervention for people with serious mental illness. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available to AOTA members at: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Mental-Health/Evidence-Based/CAT-MH-EI-Cog-Remediation.aspx
  • Downing, D. & Roush, S. (2018). AOTA Critically Appraised Topics: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in early intervention for people with serious mental illness. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available to AOTA members at: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Mental-Health/Evidence-Based/CAT-MH-EI-CBT.aspx
  • Downing, D. & Roush, S. (2018). AOTA Critically Appraised Topics: Family psychoeducation in early intervention for people with serious mental illness. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available to AOTA members at: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Mental-Health/Evidence-Based/CAT-MH-EI-Family-Psychoed.aspx
  • Downing, D. & Roush, S. (2018). AOTA Critically Appraised Topics: Supported employment/education in early intervention for people with serious mental illness. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Available to AOTA members at: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Mental-Health/Evidence-Based/CAT-MH-EI-SE-SE.aspx
  • Wen, V. & Roush, S. (2017). Occupational therapy in early psychosis intervention: A manual for an emerging practice. OT Practice, 22(15), 14-18.
  • Parham, D., Roush, S., Downing, D. Michael, P., McFarlane, W. R. (2017). Sensory characteristics of youth at clinical high risk for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/eip.12475
  • Roush, S. (2017, June). Taking care of ourselves as healthcare providers. OTLB News: Occupational Therapy Licensing Board. Retrieved from http://www.oregon.gov/otlb/Documents/2017%20Newsletter%20June.pdf
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (authors: Burson, K., Fette, C., & Kannenberg, K. contributors: Orentlicher, M., Precin, P. J., Roush, S. N.) (2017). Mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention in occupational therapy practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(Suppl. ), 7112410035. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.716S03
  • Gottlob, M. & Roush, S. (2016). Perceptions: Using the senses to navigate early psychosis. Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health. 30, 29-31.
  • Roush, S., Monica, C., Drake, R. E., & Pavlovich, D. (2015). Community engagement research and Dual Diagnosis Anonymous. Journal of Dual Diagnosis. 11(2), 142-144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15504263.2015.1025214
  • Roush, S., Monica, C., Carpenter-Song, E. A., Drake, R. E. (2015). First-person perspective on Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A qualitative study. Journal of Dual Diagnosis. 22(2), 136-141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15504263.2015.1025215
  • Melton, R. P., Roush, S. N., Sale, T. G., Wolf, R. M., Usher, C. T., Rodriguez, C. L., & McGorry, P. D. (2013). Early intervention and prevention of long-term disability in youth and adults: The EASA model. In K. Yeager, D. Cutler, D. Svendsen & G. Sills (Eds.) Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach. NY, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • 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 Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 34(1), 45-51.
  • Roush, S. (2008, June). Occupational therapy and co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse. Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31(2), 1-4.
  • Roush, S. (2008). Dual Diagnosis Anonymous and the Role of the Clinician. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 4(2), 158-169.

Recent Presentations:

International:

  • Roush, S. (June, 2018). Partnering with Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A Specialized 12-step group for mental health and addiction. Releasing Potential: Higher Education sector's contribution to adult and young people's mental health. York St. John University, York, UK.
  • Roush, S. & Smith, D. (June, 2018). Invited Lecture: Dealing with co-existing mental illness and substance misuse: Practice and research from Oregon, USA. University of West London. London, UK.
  • Roush, S. (Jan. 2016). Overview of OT Mental Health Practice in the USA. York St. John University Occupational Therapy Society. York, UK.
  • Roush, S., Parham, D., Downing, D., & Michael, P. (Nov. 2014). Poster: Sensory Characteristics of Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis. IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health Conference. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Roush, S. (Oct. 2012).  Poster: Sensory Processing and First Episode Psychosis: A Functional Approach. International Early Psychosis Association Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Roush, S. (Oct. 2012).  Poster: Occupational Therapy and First Episode Psychosis. International Early Psychosis Association Conference. San Francisco, CA.

National:

  • Lieberman, D, Arbesman, M., Noyes, S., D’Amico, M., Gardner, J., Whaley M., Jaffe, L., Brown, C., Downing, D., Roush, S., & Swarbrick, P. (March, 2017). Short Course 260 - (AOTA) Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy for Adults with Mental Illness. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Downing, D., Parham, D., & Roush, S. (March, 2017). Scientific Research Panel 104B - Sensory Characteristics of Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis: Results of a Multisite Study. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Parsons, H. (session coordinator). Roush, S. (Invited Panelist). (April 2015).  (AOTA) Occupational Therapy in Mental and Behavioral Health: Federal Legislative Environment and Emerging Opportunities. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Roush, S., Davison, D., Gottlob, M., & Read, H. (April 2015). Poster. Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA): A Model of Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Mental Health. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Roush, S., Monica, C., Pavlovich, D., Martin, E., Proctor, A., Gwilliam, A., Smith, D., Springsteen, J., & Drake, R. (April 2013). Poster: An Innovative Research Opportunity: OT Students & Mental Health Consumers Working Together to Gain the User’s Perspective of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

State and Local:

  • Roush, S. & Gottlob, M. (Dec. 2015). Engaging Clients in Recovery: The Transtheoretical Model of Change and the Model of Human Occupation. Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon 2015 Learning Series, Portland, OR.
  • Roush, S., Parham, D., Downing, D., & Michael, P. (Oct. 2015). Poster: Sensory Characteristics of Youth at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis. Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon State Conference. Bend, OR
  • Roush, S., Davison, D., Gottlob, M., & Read, H. (Oct. 2015). Poster. Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA): A Model of Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Mental Health. Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon State Conference. Bend, OR
  • Roush, S. & Marcotte, S. (October 2014). Presentation: ePortfolios: Professional Presence in the Digital World. Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon State Conference. Wilsonville, OR.
  • Roush, S., Wimmer, S., Davison, D., Kneuer, T., Gottlob, M., & Read, H. (October 2014). Presentation: Invest in Mental Wealth: Enrichment Across Practice Settings. Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon State Conference. Wilsonville, OR.
  • Bader, C. & Roush, S. (October 2014). Presentation: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (Part 1). Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon State Conference. Wilsonville, OR.
  • Roush, S. (February 2014). Invited Speaker: Occupational Therapy at the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA). EASA: Providing Effective Services in Early Psychosis: Introductory Training for New EASA Clinicians.