Varleisha Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L

Varleisha Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L, began her career after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University and her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, several years of her study occurred within the Ph.D. program of Health Sciences at Seton Hall University. Those professional relationships allowed her to take part in various research activities. Specific focus was given to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition to her educational development, in 2003, Dr. Gibbs founded Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc., located in New Jersey. The company was established with the focus of providing interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. As president, she has had several opportunities to educate, service, and research the areas of sensory integration and ASD, as well as family-centered care.

Dr. Gibbs has published in a peer-reviewed journal, Occupational Therapy and Healthcare. Her work has focused on family-centered care and ASD and the use of telerehabilitation. She is a lecturer, having performed trainings and lectures throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a full-time faculty member at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Gibbs is steadfast and an expert in the field of pediatric therapeutic intervention. Hence, she is an advocate of evidence-based practices, which is evident in her lectures. Utilizing the best evidence is paramount to Dr. Gibbs. Overall, Dr. Gibbs desires to provide individuals with the tools to assist the individual and the entire family system being serviced. Currently, her research and efforts continue in the areas previously mentioned, with special attention given to educating parents and providing them with the tools to improve the lives of their children and family.

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