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Shawn Roll, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

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

Phone:(323) 442-1850

Lead Mentor
F. Clark PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Areas

Understand the development of musculoskeletal disorders utilizing primary investigative measurements, specifically sonography, to enhance assessment, prevention and rehabilitation for the working population.


  • 2002 Ohio State University Occupational Therapy BS
  • 2006 Ohio State University Allied Medical Professions MS
  • 2011 Ohio State University Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD

Current Research Funding

R01 OH010665 (Roll) 09/30/2015 – 09/29/2019 Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Sonographic tissue morphology in early stage work-related median nerve pathology. Goal: Evaluate impacts of intensive hand activity on sonographic measurements of tissue morphology in the hand and wrist, acute symptoms of discomfort, and occupational performance and identify risk factors.

Recent Publications

Takata SC, Wade ET, Roll SC. Hand therapy interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses evaluated over the last 10-years: A systematic mapping review linking research to practice. J Hand Therapy, 2017(Online First)

Dhyani M, Roll SC, Gilbertson MW, Orlowski M, Anvari A, Li Q, Anthony B, Samir AE. A pilot study to precisely quantify forces applied by sonographers while scanning: A step toward reducing ergonomic injury. Work, 2017; 58:241-247.

McLaughlin-Gray J, Frank G, Roll SC.  Integrating musculoskeletal sonography into rehabilitation: Therapists’ experiences with training and implementation. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR), 2017; 37:40-49.

Roll SC, Hardison ME.  Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017; 71:7101180010p1-12.

Marik T, Roll SC.  Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for musculoskeletal shoulder conditions: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017; 71:7101180020p1-11.

Hardison ME, Roll SC. Factors associated with success in an occupational rehabilitation program for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017; 71:7101190040p1-8.

Roll SC, Asai C, Tsai J.  Use of musculoskeletal sonography involving non-physician rehabilitation providers: A scoping review. Eur J Phys Rehab Med, 2016; 52(2).

Hardison ME, Roll SC. Mindfulness interventions in physical rehabilitation: A scoping review. Am J Occ Ther, 2016; 70:7003290030p1-9.

Roll SC, McLaughlin-Gray J, Frank G, Wolkoff M.  Exploring therapists’ perceptions of the usefulness of musculoskeletal sonography in rehabilitation. Am J Occ Ther, 2015; 69(4):6904360010p1-6.

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