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Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor and Director

Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Science
University of Pittsburgh

Phone: 412-383-6603

Lead Mentor
K. Vandenborne, PhD, PT

Research Areas

Pediatric neuromuscular diseases


  • 1997 University of Florida BS, Occupational Therapy
  • 2002 University of Florida MS, Health Science
  • 2006 University of Florida PhD, Rehabilitation Science

Current Research Funding

NIDLIRR (Parmanto) 2014-2019 Promoting Independence and Self-Management using mHealth. Role: Co-PI

Recent Publications

Batra A, Harrington A, Lott DJ, Willcocks R, Senesac C, McGehee W, Xu D, Mathur S, Daniels MJ, Rooney WD, Forbes SC, Triplett W, Deol JK, Arpan I, Bendixen R, Finkel R, Finanger E, Tennekoon G, Byrne B, Russman B, Sweeney LH, Walter G, Vandenborne K. Two-Year Longitudinal changes in lower limb strength and its relation to loss in function in a large cohort of patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. (2018). [Epub ahead of print]

Bendixen, R., Morgenroth, L, Clinard, K. Engaging participants in rare disease research: A qualitative study of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Clinical Therapeutics (2016). 38(6)

Fairman, A.D., Bendixen, R., Younkin, H., & Krecko, J.R. (2016, in press). Use of assistive technology with transition-aged youth. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 1(2).

Reynolds, S., Glennon, T., Ausderau, K., Bendixen, R.B., Miller-Kuhaneck, H., Pfeiffer, B… Bodison, S. et al. (in press). Issue Is: supporting children with differences in sensory processing and integration through occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(2).

Kreider C., Bendixen R., Young, M.E., Prudencio, S.M., McCarty, C., Mann, W.C. (2016). Social networks and participation with others for youth with learning, attention, and autism spectrum disorders. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 83(1) 14-26 DOI:10.1177/0008417415583107.

Kreider, C., Bendixen, R., & Lutz, B. (2015). Holistic needs of university students with invisible disabilities: A qualitative study (2015). Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 5(4), 426–441. DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2015.1020407 PMID: 25978113.

Kreider, C., Bendixen, R., Mann, W. C., McCarty, C., & Young, M.E. (2015). Mixed-method exploration of social network links to participation (2015). OTJR Occupation Participation Health, 35(3), 151-159 DOI: 10.1177/1539449215578650 PMID: 26594737.

Reynolds, S.*, Kreider, C. M., Meeley, L.E., & Bendixen, R.  (2015). Taste perception and sensory sensitivity: relationship to feeding problems in boys with Barth syndrome. The Journal of Rare Disorders, 3(1), 1-9. PMID: 26191532; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4503373.

Vohra R, Lott D, Mathur S, Senesac C, Deol J, Germain S, Bendixen R, Sweeney HL, Walter G, Vandenborne K (2015). Magnetic resonance imaging assessment of hypertrophic and pseudo-hypertrophic changes in lower leg muscles of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their relationship to functional measurements. PLOS ONE (accepted for publication).

Meilleur, K, Jain, M, Hynan LS, Shieh C, Kim, E, Waite M, McGuire, M, Bendixen, R, Bonneman, CG (2015) Results of a Two-Year Pilot Study of Clinical Outcome Measures in Collagen VI-related Myopathy and LAMA2-related Muscular Dystrophy. Neuromuscular Disorders 25, 43-54.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

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