Eastern Michigan University

Gretchen Reeves, PhD, OT, FAOTA

Associate Professor

reeves 256 Rackham

734.487.3236

greeves@emich.edu

Education

PhD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MOT - Western Michigan University
MA - Michigan State University
BS - Michigan State University

Teaching Interests

My experience as a pediatric occupational therapist has often involved interactions and intervention with children who display serious behavioral dysregulation due to stress and hypersensitivity to environmental stimuli.  I am particularly interested in how occupational therapists facilitate appropriate responses in infants and young children at risk for learning and emotional impairments.  Psychophysiological measures were incorporated into 2 previous investigations with children with autistic spectrum disorders.  In addition, I have pursued investigations of the effects of therapeutic intervention on the occupations of feeding, handwriting and play in young children.  Play is an occupation that is often aberrant in children on the autism spectrum. I have examined the role of play in engaging children on the spectrum with positive results on affect and language.

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Reeves, G.D. (2014).  The neurobiology of autism spectrum disorders. In Murray-Slutsky, C & Paris, B. (eds.) Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Intervention Strategies.

Rice, M., Reeves, G.D. & Francis-Connolly, E. (2010,September). Sabbaticals: Benefits, issues and practical advice. Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 20 (3), 1-4.

Reeves, G.D. (in preparation). Sensory processing and body image in adolescent girls with major mood disorders.  A comparison of those who self-injure with those who do not.

Patterson, J. & Reeves, G.D. (in preparation).  The Effects of a Weighted Vest for Children with Attention Difficulties: A Replication Study

Reeves, G.D. (September 2009). Mirror neurons and their potential role in human performance and behavior. Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Newsletter.

Reeves, G.D. (2007). Looking back on 30 years of the SI SIS: Achievements and Challenges. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 30 (4), 1-4.

Reeves, G.D. and Cermak, S.A. (2002).  Disorders of praxis.  In Bundy, A. , Murray, E. and Lane, S. (Eds) Sensory Integration:  Theory and Practice.   Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Sensory stimulation, sensory integration and the adaptive response.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly. Vol. 24, No. 2.

Benoit, W.A. and Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Effect of jaw and cheek support on nutritional intake. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 21: 49-58.

Reeves, G.D. (2001).  From neuron to behavior:  Regulation, arousal and attention as important substrates for the process of sensory integration.   In Roley, S.S., Blanche, E. & Schaff, R. (Eds).  Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. San Antonio, TX : Therapy Skill Builders.

Professional Posters

Reeves, G. (2011). The effect of an integrated play group program on social behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Hahn, A., Nall, S., Nilson, M., O’Brien, T., Trout, T., Tucker, N. and Reeves, G. (2011).  The use of the integrated play group model to improve play skills in children with autism. Eastern Michigan University, Graduate Research Fair.

Clary, M., Jamula, C., Pijor, D., Walsh, M, & Reeves, G.D.  (2010). Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self-Concept in Adolescent Girls with Mood Disorders.  Graduate Research Fair. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Reeves, G.D. (2010).  Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self-Concept in Adolescent Girls who are Self-injuring.  World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Santiago, CHILE.

Aeschliman, R., Collins, B, Kantola,N., Kerr, M,.Paul, J.,Saylor, E. & Reeves, G.D. (2010).The Effect of an Integrated Play Group program on Social Behavior in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Graduate Research Fair. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.Received the Science/Tech Graduate Research Fair Paper Award

Walsh, M. & Reeves, G.D. (2009) Physiologic Measures of Sensory Processing in Adolescent Girls with Major Mood Disorders. Undergraduate Symposium. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Bunt, N., Kerby, B., Morrison, K., Romans, A. ,  Wernert, B. & Reeves, G.D (2009). Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self-Concept in Adolescent Girls with Major Mood & Affective Disorders.  Graduate Research fair. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Reeves, G. (2007) The Affect of Adult-Directed Versus Child-Focused Strategies on Engagement in Children with Autism presented at the Network for Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Repaska, J., Hiele, M, Reeves, G.D. & Welch, K. (2007). The  Affect of Adult-Directed Versus Child-Focused Strategies on Engagement in Children with Autism.  American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, St. Louis, MO. 

East, T., Priess, A., Okray, L. Sloan, R. & Reeves, G.D.  (2006).Physiological reactions to sensory stimuli following an occupational therapy intervention . Michigan OT Association Conference, Macomb Community College, Macomb, MI.

Carter, K, Criss, M & Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Effects of secretin infusion on sensory processing, play and communicative behavior in children with autism.  Continuing Medical Education Conference. St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo, Ohio.

Abbott, KA. & Reeves, G.D. (2001).  Comparison of communicative acts between infants who are typically developing and children diagnosed with autism.  American Occupational Therapy Association Annual conference.  Philadelphia, April 2001.

Peer Reviewed Presentations

Reeves, G.D. (October 2013).  Effects of Integrated Play groups on children with autism spectrum disorders.  Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Troy, Michigan.

Reeves, G.D. (April 2012) Autism: It’s a brain thing.   Annual Conference. American Occupational Therapy Association.  Philadelphia, PA.  April 20, 2012.

Reeves, G.D. (August 2011). Pre-teen and Adolescent Self Mutilation: Why Hurting Myself Helps. Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency.   Southgate, Michigan

Reeves, G.D. (2003). The power of proprioception.  Paper presented at the Sensory Integration World Congress, South African Institute for Sensory Integration.

Reeves, G.D. (2002) Neurobiological consequences of distress: Implications for adaptive behavior.  Paper accepted for presentation at the 13th World Congress, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Stockholm, Sweden.

Reeves, G.D. & Schaaf , R. (2002) Maintain your brain.   Annual Conference. American Occupational Therapy Association.  Miami,Florida.  May 5, 2002.

Invited Presentations at Professional Conferences

Reeves, G.D. (December 2013). Sensory Integration and Emotion Regulation.  1st International Mental Health Conference.   Mental Health Assessment &new dimensions & practices:  Multidisciplinary Team Role and approaches in Bio-Psychosocial Assessment and therapeutic modalities and Interventions. Al Masarra Hospital, Muscat, OMAN.

Reeves, G.D. (October 2013). Neural Principles Module: Motor control, Neuroplasticity and muscle organization. Created and presented for Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association, Certification Course, Goa, India.

Reeves, G.D., (September 2013).  Advanced Practice Skills. . UK Learning Module IV in Sensory Integration.  U.K. and Ireland SI Network and Ulster University, Berkhampsted, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D.  (July 2013).   Sensory Integration Intervention .  Western Psychological Services/University of Southern California Course 4 for Certification in Sensory Integration. Hashemite University, Amman, Jordan.

Reeves, G.D.  (June 2013).  Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  Western Psychological Services/University of southern California Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Hashemite University, Amman, Jordan.

Reeves, G.D. (February 2013). Neural Principles Module: Motor control, Neuroplasticity and muscle organization. Created and presented for Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association, Certification Course, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Reeves, G.D., (October 2012).  Clinical Reasoning skills. UK Learning Module IV in Sensory Integration.  U.K. and Ireland SI Network and Ulster University, Berkhampsted, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (March 2012) Neuroscience Foundations of Sensory Integration.  Western Psychological Services/University of Southern California Course I for Certification in Sensory Integration. Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Reeves, G.D., (July 2010).  Developing clinical Reasoning skills. UK Learning Module IV in Sensory Integration.  U.K. and Ireland SI Network and Cardiff University, Berkhampsted, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (June 2010).   Using Play and Child-centered Approaches in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Therapy Links, Berkhampsted, ENGLAND.

Reeves, G.D. (June 2010).  Movement Essentials:  Supporting Optimal Upper Extremity Function.  Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Principles.  Therapy Links, Berkhampsted, England.

Reeves, G.D. (May 2010). Neuroplasticity and the Potential for change.  Center for Discovery Staff Training, Harris, New York.

Reeves, G.D. (March 2010). Hands, head and heart: The OT’s art. Keynote Address .  Pi Theta Epsilon Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Reeves, G.D. (October 2009).  Neuro-developmental Treatment Association Annual Specialty Conference.  Focus on the Upper Extremity.  Keynote Address .  White Plains, NY.

Additional Information

Awards/Honors

Marshall Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Health and Human Services, EMU, 2007.

University Faculty Research Fellowship Award, EMU, for Sensory Processing, Body Awareness & Self Concept in Adolescent Girls with Major depression. 2006-2007. ($1200).

CHHS-Sponsored Support for Scholarly Activity Award, Eastern Michigan University.  For Sensory Processing in Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders. December 2004 ($575).

eFellows Award, Sponsored by Faculty Development and ICT, Eastern Michigan University.  For enhanced applications of technology in the classroom. Spring/Summer 2004 ($300).

Named to Whos Who of  American Women, 2000-2001.  March 2000.

Membership

Charter Member, EMU-Autism Collaborative Center planning committee, 2006 to present.

Member, Instructor Training and Course Development committee. University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services, 2001-present.

Member of state, local and national associations of Occupational Therapy.

Member, National Rehabilitation Association.

Member, Society for Research in Child Development.

Member, Occupational Therapy Faculty Search Committee 2004-2005, EMU. (Assumed the duties of chair in  April 2005 due to resignation of the existing chair).

Committees

Co-chair, Occupational Therapy Curriculum Committee, 2002 to present. Eastern Michigan University

Member, Instructor Training and Course Development Committee. University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services, 2001-present.

CHHS Human Subjects Review Committee, 2002-2005, Eastern Michigan University. Interim chair, 2008-9.

Chair, Occupational Therapy Faculty Search Committee, 2003-2004; 2007-2008. Eastern Michigan University.

CHHS representative to Eastern Michigan University. Academic Integrity Committee, 2002-2005, 2005-2008.

Collaborated with Eastern Michigan University Programs in Continuing Education to organize and sponsorDiscovering the Power of Play: Integrated playgroups to support children on the autism spectrum.  May 2005.

Graduate Council, AHP (SHS) representative, 2001-2005. Eastern Michigan University.

Interdisciplinary Committee for Certificate Program in Autism.  A Michigan Department of Education grant to Oakland University for the development of a certificate training program for professionals in multiple disciplines to gain knowledge and expertise in autism.  Chair, subcommittee for occupational therapy discipline-specific related group to determine minimum competencies for those working with persons with autistic spectrum disorders, 2001-2002.

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 313 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.4096