Scholar Bios

Amber Angell, PhD, OTR/L

Amber Angell, PhD, OTR/L

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California

Phone: 312-996-9655

Lead Mentor
M. Lawlor ScD, OTR/L

Research Areas

Disparities in autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and services experienced by children from underserved, racial and ethnic minority groups


  • 2016 University of Southern California PhD
  • 2005 Texas Woman's University MOT
  • 2003 Texas Woman's University BS

Current Research Funding

NIH/NICHD K12 HD055929, PI K. Ottenbacher 2018 - Present: Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program K12 Scholar

No number 2017 - Present: American Occupational Therapy Foundation Nedra Gillette Endowed Research Fellowship “Using an interest-based approach with young adults with autism: An exploratory mixed methods study”

Recent Publications

Angell, A. M., Empey, A., & Zuckerman, K. E. (2018). A review of diagnosis and service disparities among children with autism from racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 55, 145-180. doi: 10.1016/bs.irrdd.2018.08.003

Heffron, J. L., Spassiani, N. A., Angell, A. M., & Hammel, J. (2018). Using Photovoice as a participatory method to identify and strategize community participation with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. doi:10.1080/11038128.2018.1502350

Angell, A. M., Carlson Carroll, T., Bagatell, N., Chen, C., Kramer, J. M., Schwartz, A., Tallon, M. B., & Hammel, J. (2018). 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. doi:10.1080/19411243.2018.1496870

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2018). Understanding parents’ concerns about their children with autism taking public school transportation in Los Angeles County. Autism, 22(4), 401–413. doi:10.1177/1362361316680182 PMCID: PMC5726953

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2017). “If I was a different ethnicity, would she treat me the same?”: Latino parents’ experiences obtaining autism services. Disability & Society, 32(8), 1142- 1164. doi:10.1080/09687599.2017.1339589 PMCID: PMC5679110

Angell, A. M., Frank, G., & Solomon, O. (2016). Latino families’ experiences with autism services: Disparities, capabilities, and occupational justice. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 36(4), 195-203. doi:10.1177/1539449216666062 PMCID: PMC5332377 Among top-ten most read OTJR articles in 2016 (2016 Journal Citation Reports®)

Solomon, O., Angell, A. M., Yin, L., & Lawlor, M. C. (2015). “You can turn off the light if you like”: Pediatric health care visits for children with autism spectrum disorder as an interactional achievement. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29(4), 531–555. doi:10.1111/maq.12237 PMCID: PMC4715550

Angell, A. M., & Solomon, O. (2014). The social life of health records: Understanding families' experiences of autism. Social Science & Medicine, 117, 50-57. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.020 PMCID: PMC4159353

Angell, A. M. (2014). Occupation-centered analysis of social difference: Contributions to a socially responsive occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(2), 104-116. doi:10.1080/14427591.2012.711230

Angell, A. M. (2010). Selective eaters and tactile sensitivity: A review of classification and treatment methods that address anxiety and support a child’s need for a sense of control. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 2(5), 299-303. doi:10.1177/1941406410382904


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