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College of Health Professions and Social Work

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Sarah Fabrizi, PhD, OTR/L
Sarah Fabrizi, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-1854
Office: Marieb Hall 338

Sarah Fabrizi, PhD currently is serving as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program.  Dr. Fabrizi completed both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida and Doctorate degree in occupational therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Fabrizi’s research efforts on caregiver included play programs have resulted in presentation at the local, national, and international level.  Prior to her transition into academia, Dr. Fabrizi spent over ten years in practice in a variety of settings – from hospital to private practice in the community.  Her primary clinical interests include pediatrics and early intervention.  Current research include investigating the effectiveness of playgroups on child and family participation.

In her free time Dr. Fabrizi enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, running, yoga, and world travel.

Teaching Information:

Dr. Fabrizi’s teaching interests include History and Foundations of Occupational Therapy, Adult Interventions, Research, and Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention.  Dr. Fabrizi has been a member if the Occupational Therapy Program faculty at FGCU since August 2012.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Early intervention
  • Community-based interventions for children and families
  • Pediatrics
  • Autism
  • Routine-based interventions
  • Play and playfulness
  • Coaching
  • Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions in pediatrics
  • Effectiveness of play based interventions
  • Measurement of play, playfulness, and play participation in children
  • Caregiver sensitivity and responsiveness
  • Playgroups for young children with special needs
  • Community program building in early intervention
  • Early detection and intervention for young children with Autism

Scholarly Works:

Fabrizi, S., Ito, M. Winston, K. (2016). Effect of occupational therapy-led playgroups in early intervention on child playfulness and caregiver responsiveness: a repeated measures design. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Monthly, pp. 1-9.

Fabrizi, S. (2015). Splashing our way to playfulness! An aquatic playgroup for young children with autism, a repeated measures design. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, Monthly, pp. 292-306.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, November).  Oh, the ways that we play!  Play participation of two and three year olds with and without autism: a mixed methods studyFaculty mentor for student poster presentation at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, November).  Playing is au-some: A sensorimotor playgroup for children with autismFaculty mentor for student poster presentation at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, August).  Measuring the playfulness of children with special needs in occupational therapist led, caregiver included playgroups.  (Doctoral dissertation)

Fabrizi, S. (2014, June).  Caregiver included community playgroups in early intervention.  Poster session presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress in Yokohama, Japan.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, April).  Splashing our way to playfulness: An aquatic playgroup for Children with AutismPresentation at Promising Pathways 7th Annual Conference on Best Practice in Autism in Fort Myers, Florida.

Fabrizi, S.  (2013, October).  Splashing our way to playfulness: An aquatic playgroup for Children with Autism.  Faculty mentor for student poster presentation presented at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Service Information:

Sarah Fabrizi is an active member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),and The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).