Dr. Stallings-Sahler has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 30 years as a pediatric clinician, educator, researcher, and business entrepreneur. She earned the B.S. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida, the post-professional M.S. in Pediatric Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Stallings-Sahler is certified in Sensory Integration and studied with Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the founder of the sensory integration approach in OT. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath approach).
Dr. Stallings-Sahler’s research includes a key role in the development and North American standardization of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests; current development of the Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI) with Brenau Masters thesis groups, and several other projects related to pediatric practice.
Her service to the OT profession includes being Chair of the AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section; a member of the ACOTE Roster of Accreditation Evaluators; Editor of the Developmental Disabilities Quarterly; and member of the Board Certification in Pediatrics development group. Additionally, Dr. Sahler was Chair of the NBCOT Program Directors Advisory Council.
Dr. Stallings-Sahler is a recipient of the North Carolina OT Association’s Award for Outstanding Practice in Pediatrics; and the AOTA Roster of Fellows award (FAOTA).