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Roxanna Bendixen is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy with responsibilities in research, teaching and service. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Florida. She conducts studies examining assessment and intervention for infants, children, and youth with neuromuscular disorders (rare disease), as well as family impact of raising a child with a rare disease. Her transdisciplinary work includes collaboration with pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, education, health information management, and engineering and computer science. She currently serves on review boards for numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals, is a federally appointed member of the PCORI Rare Disease Advisory Board, serves on the Pipeline for Development Committee for the Sleep Research Society and is a long-serving member of the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG).


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Post Professional Program in Occupational Therapy

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MS, University of Florida

Research Interests

  • The relationships between daily participation and disability (pathophysiology, muscle strength and functional ability) in children and youth with neuromuscular disorders (NMD)
  • The affect of illness and disability on transitions and quality of life as children with NMD age into adolescence and adulthood;
  • How raising children with NMD affects family relationships; 
  • The use of mobile technology for self-monitoring and self-management for youth with NMD and their families.