Karla Ausderau, PhD, OTR/L

Position title: Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Karla Ausderau in front of White background

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

My research program focuses on families and child with autism spectrum disorder. I study daily occupations, specifically eating and mealtimes, to elucidate the impact on the child’s health, family wellness, and overall daily participation. I also study sensory features in children with autism spectrum disorder, including their development, characterization, and impact on daily participation. I hope to have an impact on the daily life of families with children with autism by further understanding the behaviors that influence the child’s daily participation. Also, with better characterization of feeding and sensory behaviors, we will be able to develop more effective assessment tools, targeted treatment strategies, and improved outcomes for children and families.


Postdoctoral Research Associate,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ph.D., Occupational Science
University of Southern California, Division of Occupational Science

MA, Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California, Division of Occupational Science

BA, Occupational Therapy
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Madison, WI

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