Children, Youth and Families

Dr. Bachelani mentors students interested in Children, Youth and Families (CYF). This scholarly experience examines impacts of social determinants of health on child development, participation and occupational performance. The CYF lab 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. Students should consider working with Dr. Bachelani if they are interested in pediatrics, child development, school-based therapy services, and community-based program development.

General Description of Student Activities

The CYF lab was established to support the needs of children, youth and families. Research activities in the CYF lab vary, but will include literature review and discussions on occupational performance factors impacting participation in children, youth, and families. CYF lab members will have opportunities to participate in program development, implementation and/or evaluation of outcomes. Students will work towards writing a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature and will get opportunities to present their work at local, state and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Determining impacts of social determinants of health on child development, participation and occupational performance
  • Developing programming to address self-regulation and emotional regulation among children and youth
  • Developing programming to support parents/caregivers of children with unique needs
  • Assessing experiences of related service providers in public school settings
  • Examining the impacts of food allergies on childhood occupational performance


Salma Bachelani, OTD, OTR/L
Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics

Phone: (314) 286-1903

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