Bachelani, Salma, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bachelani is interested in supporting perinatal and pediatric outcomes. She strives to improve participation and engagement amongst children, youth and families across home, school, and community settings. She is interested in the emerging practice area of maternal care to support expectant parents as they navigate pregnancy and new parenting roles.

Research Interests

Dr. Bachelani's research spans perinatal health and pediatric OT practice. Her pediatric-based work focuses on producing and implementing community-based programs, such as staff trainings on social emotional learning and pediatric developmental milestones. She is interested in enhancing service provision in underserved communities and fostering inclusive and accessible learning environments in school settings.

Dr. Bachelani is also part of the WashU OT Maternal Health Collective (MHC), which is a collaborative lab run by both faculty and clinicians within the program. The overarching goal of the collective is to work toward improved perinatal outcomes for parents with a focus on co-occupational engagement; mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual participation; health; and well-being.

Teaching Roles

Dr. Bachelani is a course director for Professional Immersion in Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Case-Based Learning, Biomechanics, and the Mentored Scholarship course sequence. She provides course support for Neuroscience, Professional Identity and Practice, 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 was 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.


2023: Educator of the Year – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Program in Occupational Therapy
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, PMH-C

Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics

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Contact Information

Phone: (314) 286-1903
Fax: (314) 286-0631
[email protected]


Supporting Perinatal and Pediatric Outcomes

Maternal Health Collective
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