Shruti Gadkari, OTD, OTD/L
Shruti Gadkari is an assistant professor in the school of Occupational Therapy. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of pediatrics, specifically early childhood, family centered practice of care and sensory integration as well as evidence based practice. She has worked in pediatric inpatient, outpatient and school based settings. She served as a clinical occupational therapist for the eight years in pediatric rehabilitation and school- based occupational therapy and holds an advanced practice certification in Sensory Integration. Dr. Gadkari worked extensively with parent coaching models to promote social participation among children with disabilities and continues her research in this area.
She hopes to translate her clinical expertise to the classroom; to help prepare students to function in a dynamic healthcare environment and be able to use the power of occupations for health promotion.
Dr. Gadkari graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, India, followed by a post-professional masters from the University of Southern California, and a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, she completed a certification in ‘Teaching in the Digital Age.’
Dr. Gadkari has lectured in the following areas: the importance of training in the use of evidence-based research, sensory integration in the preschool classroom, and creating a sensory-friendly general education classroom.
She has also supervised occupational therapy interns. She has presented at national and state conferences on case methods in teaching, integrating occupational therapy in pre-kindergarten, and developing a university projects regarding curriculum development for a Master’s of Science Occupational Therapy program applying the 2018 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education standards.