Bachelani, Salma, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bachelani is interested in improving occupational participation for children, youth and families impacted by disabilities; in particular, facilitating development of life skills in children with developmental disabilities and learning differences. Dr. Bachelani is passionate about helping children with self-regulation challenges learn functional coping skills.

Research Interests

Dr. Bachelani's research examines impacts of social determinants of health on child development, participation and occupational performance. Her work focuses on producing and implementing school and community-based programs, such as parent education workshops, youth development programming, and more. In addition, Dr. Bachelani is also interested in researching best practices for therapy provision in school settings, with particular interest in enhancing service provision in urban school districts.

Teaching Roles

Dr. Bachelani is a course director for Pediatric Case-Based Learning, and provides course support for Professional Identity in Practice I, Communications, Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention.


2016: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
2013: BS in psychology, Missouri State University


Dr. Bachelani earned her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. As a student, she created a practice model on caregiver supports for diverse families, and conducted research examining the role of occupational therapy in serving children with food allergies. Dr. Bachelani’s doctoral capstone project involved working with a non-profit organization that aims to make faith-based communities more accessible and accommodating for people with disabilities.

Dr. Bachelani began her career as an occupational therapist in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings in 2017 at the University of Kansas Health System. From 2018-2021, she worked for St. Louis Public Schools, providing school-based therapy services. Her primary clinical focus is pediatrics, with special interests in children with developmental disabilities, learning challenges, and self-regulation concerns.

Dr. Bachelani transitioned into academia in 2021 by joining faculty at St. Louis Community College in the occupational therapy assistant program where she taught an Adaptive Activities course.


2020: Mullanphy Elementary School – Staff Member of the Month, January 2020
2013: Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology - Inductee
2012: Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology - Inductee

Bachelani, Salma

Bachelani, Salma, OTD, OTR/L

Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics

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Phone: (314) 286-1903
Fax: (314) 286-0631


Children, Youth and Families

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