Roxanna Bendixen

  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida
  • MS, Health Science, University of Florida
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Florida

Scholar Profile

Roxanna Bendixen has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy department at the University of Pittsburgh. She also served as a Research Assistant Professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions. Her doctoral work focused on qualitative and quantitative assessment of function, participation and quality of life for individuals with chronic illnesses following an occupational therapy (OT) intervention. Dr. Bendixen has more than 15 years of pediatric clinical experience specializing in assessment and treatment of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. She joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 2013, the UF OT faculty in 2006, and was awarded a K-12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program Award in 2008. Her primary mentor is Dr. Krista Vandenborne and her research focuses on investigating the impact of muscle dysfunction and impaired functional ability on participation in daily activities and quality of life in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She is also involved in research in autism, exploring biomarkers of autism and parent-based interventions. Dr. Bendixen taught theory, therapeutic skills, and adult and pediatric assessment and intervention in the University of Florida Masters in Occupational Therapy Program.