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Stacey E. Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University


Phone: (352) 273-6126

Lead Mentor

D. Devine, PhD

Research Areas

Developing an animal model for studying sensory processing disorders and examining the neurobiological basis for atypical sensory and motor behaviors

  • 2000 Gannon University, Erie, PA Health Science BS
  • 2001 Gannon University, Erie, PA Occupational Therapy MS
  • 2007 Virginia Commonwealth University Occupational Therapy PhD


Research Funding

American Occupational Therapy Foundation (PI - Reynolds) 07/01/ 15 - 12/30/16 Intervention Research Grant The Effects of Deep Pressure on Arousal and Attention in Children with Autism Goal: The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility of using a medical device (Vayu Vest) to provide deep pressure input to children and adults with autism and to measure changes in physiological regulation and executive function that occur when individuals are wearing the device.

Barth Syndrome Foundation (PI- Reynolds) 05/01/ 2014 - 04/30/2015 Idea Award Grant Mechanism A systematic investigation into sensory and motor based feeding issues in boys with Barth Syndrome The goal of this project is to expand methods for assessing taste and smell sensitivity and atypical food-related behaviors in this population. We will also develop a community advisory board of Barth stakeholders to guide future research with this population.

Virginia Commonwealth University (PI- Reynolds) 01/01/2014 - 05/31/2014 Service Learning Institute Changing Disability Culture in Ghana through Early Identification and Early Intervention The goal of this grant is to conduct a mixed methods study on the developmental norms and expectations in the Ghanaian population. Pilot data will be used to develop a culturally sensitive developmental screening tool for the Ghanainan birth-6 population.

Virginia Commonwealth University (PI - Lane) 07/01/2012 - 06/31/2014 Presidential Research Initiative Program (PRIP) Examining the Impact of Sensory-Based Tasks on Arousal, Attention and Performance The goal of this project is to test the effects of therapeutic tasks on arousal and attention in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Role: Co-PI


Roman Oyola, R., Reynolds, S. et al. (in press). Child's sensory profile and adult's playfulness as predictors of parental self-efficacy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(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).

Reynolds S, Miller Kuhaneck H, Pfeiffer B. Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Frequency Modulation Devices in Improving Academic Outcomes in Children With Auditory Processing Difficulties. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Jan-Feb;70(1) , 1-11

Reynolds, S., Pfeiffer, B., & Miller-Kuhanek, H. Effectiveness of Frequency Modulation (FM) to Improve Academic Performance in Children with Auditory Processing Difficulties: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2016; 70(1).

Reynolds, S. Successful management of Barth syndrome: A systematic review highlighting the importance of a flexible and multidisciplinary approach. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2015; 8, 1-14. PMCID: PMC4524586

Reynolds, S., Lane, S.J., & Mullen, B. Effects of deep pressure stimulation on performance and physiological arousal: A pilot study of the Vayu Vest. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2015; 69(3).

Reynolds, S., Kreider, C., Meeley, L.E., & Bendixen, R. Feeding history and chemical taste sensitivity in boys with Barth Syndrome. Journal of Rare Disorders, 2015; 3(1), 1-9.

Reynolds S, Kreider CM, Meeley LE, Bendixen RM. Taste perception and sensory sensitivity: Relationship to feeding problems in boys with Barth Syndrome. J Rare Disord. 2015 Mar;3(1):1-9. PMCID: PMC4503373.

Román-Oyola R, Reynolds S. Prevalence of sensory modulation disorder among Puerto Rican preschoolers: an analysis focused on socioeconomic status variables. Occup Ther Int. 2013 Sep;20(3):144-54.

Reynolds S, Urruela M, Devine DP. Effects of environmental enrichment on repetitive behaviors in the BTBR T+tf/J mouse model of autism. Autism Res. 2013 Oct;6(5):337-43. PMCID: PMC4158697.

Reynolds, S., Kreider, C., Bendixen, R.M. (2012) A Mixed-methods Investigation of Sensory Response Patterns in Barth Syndrome: A clinical phenotype? American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. Jul; 158A(7): 1647-53. PMCID: PMC3383655

Lane SJ, Reynolds S, Dumenci L. Sensory overresponsivity and anxiety in typically developing children and children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: cause or coexistence? Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Sep-Oct;66(5):595-603.

Reynolds S, Kreider CM, Bendixen R. A mixed-methods investigation of sensory response patterns in Barth syndrome: a clinical phenotype? Am J Med Genet A. 2012 Jul;158A(7):1647-53. PMCID: PMC3383655.

Reynolds S, Millette A, Devine DP. Sensory and motor characterization in the postnatal valproate rat model of autism. Dev Neurosci. 2012;34(2-3):258-67. PMCID: PMC3578287.

Reynolds, S., Devine, D.P., & Millette, A. (2012) Sensory and motor characterization in the post-natal valproate rat model of autism. Developmental Neuroscience. 34 (2-3):258-67. Epub 2012 May 24. DOI: 10.1159/000336646

Lane, S.J., Reynolds, S., Dumenci, L. (2012) Sensory over-responsivity and anxiety in typical children and children with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Cause or co-existence? American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Sep-Oct; 66(5):595-603.

Reynolds, S., Thacker, L., & Lane, S.J. (2012). Sensory processing, physiological stress, and sleep quality in children with autism. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. 32(1), 246-257.

Reynolds, S., Bendixen, R.M.; Lawrence, T., & Lane, S.J. (2011). A Pilot Study Examining Activity Participation, Sensory Responsiveness, and Competence in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(11), 1496-1506.

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