Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) Program

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Amber Angell, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California

Research Areas

Health services access and utilization among underserved autistic populations


Phone: 323-442-5964 

Lead Mentor

M. Lawlor ScD, OTR/L


  • 2020 University of Florida Implementation Science Graduate Certificate
  • 2016 University of Southern California PhD
  • 2005 Texas Woman's University MOT
  • 2003 Texas Woman's University BS

Current Research Funding

NIH/NIMH R21MH129682, MPIs: Angell and Guo, 2022-2024, Using machine learning with real-world data to identify autism in children

American Occupational Therapy Foundation Health Services Research Grant, PI: Angell, 2020-2022, Health services utilization of autistic youth: Are therapeutic services associated with reduced acute psychiatric care

Recent Publications

Angell, A. M., Varma, D. S., Deavenport-Saman, A., Yin, L., Solomon, O., Bai, C., & Zou, B. (2022). Effects of sex, race, and ethnicity on primary and subspecialty healthcare use by autistic children in Florida: A longitudinal retrospective cohort study (2012-2018). Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 94(101951). doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101951

Magasi, S., Angell, A. M., Papadimitriou, C., Ramirez, R. D., Ferlin, A., Panko Reis, J., Wilson, T. (2021). Inside an occupational therapy-disability community partnership to promote health management: Ethnography of a research collaboration. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(4). doi:10.5014/ajot.2021.045468

Angell, A. M., Deavenport-Saman, A., Yin, L., Zou, B., Bai, C., Varma, D., & Solomon, O. (2021). Sex differences in co-occurring conditions among autistic children and youth in Florida: A retrospective cohort study (2012-2019). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04841-5

Angell, A. M., Goodman, L., Walker, H. R., McDonald, K. E., Kraus, L. E., Elms, E. H. J., Frieden, L., Sheth, A. J., & Hammel, J. (2020). “Starting to live a life”: Understanding full participation for people with disabilities after institutionalization. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4). 7404205030. doi:10.5014/ajot.2020.038489

Hand, B. N., Angell, A. M., Harris, L., & Carpenter, L. A. (2020). Prevalence of physical and mental health conditions in Medicare-enrolled, autistic older adults. Autism, 24(3), 755-764. doi:10.1177/1362361319890793

Angell, A. M., Carlson Carroll, T., Bagatell, N., Chen, C., Kramer, J. M., Schwartz, A., Tallon, M. B., & Hammel, J. (2019). Understanding self-determination as a crucial component in promoting the distinct value of occupational therapy in post-secondary transition planning. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 12(1), 129-143. doi:10.1080/19411243.2018.1496870