SPD Scientific Work Group Participants

May-Benson, Teresa A., ScD, OTR

Title: Director of Research and Education
Institution: SPIRAL Foundation
Mailing Address: 124 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 923-4410

Dr. May-Benson is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention. She has authored a number of book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the non-profit Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center. She has collaborated with well-known researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Roseann Schaaf. In her role of educator, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis. She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.