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About Paula Rabaey, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Rabaey is an Associate Professor in the OT Graduate Department at St. Catherine University. Her clinical background includes over 27 years experience working with children with disabilities and their families in early intervention, school, clinic, and community settings. She specializes in feeding and eating difficulties in children with a variety of diagnoses in both the US and in low and middle income countries. She serves on the medical advisory board and as a feeding technical expert for SPOON Foundation (www.spoonfoundation.org) and has traveled internationally to conduct training with caregivers of children with disabilities living without families. Dr. Rabaey is also a co-author of a feeding assessment used by SPOON Foundation. Her research interests include: feeding, eating, and mealtimes with children and families, infant and child social-emotional development, and mothering co-occupations with young children. Dr. Rabaey has expertise in qualitative research including phenomenology and visual methodologies and has conducted photo voice projects in the US and Africa.

Positions

2007 - Present Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Department
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2020 - Present Investigation of Assessment Tools in the Area of Pediatric Feeding Disorder
FeedingMatters.org
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Dr. Kate Barlow
$2,300
2019 - Present Kusamala+ Phase 2
GHR
Role: CO-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Mary Hearst, Jennifer Biggs, Renee Hepperlen, Donna DeGracia
$299,900
2018 - 2019 “Understanding the Experiences of Stigma and Discrimination of Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in Zambia: A Photovoice Project”
GHR Innovation Grant
Role: Co-Principle investigator
Colleague(s): Renee Hepperlen
$9,300
2017 - 2019 Kusamala+
GHR
Role: Co-principle investigator
Colleague(s): Mary Hearst, Jennifer Biggs, Renee Hepperlen, Donna DeGracia
$278,000
2016 - 2017 Talking with Pictures: A mealtime Photovoice project for African American mothers with young children
St. Catherine University internal grant
Role: Principle investigator
$3,000
2011 - 2013 Montessori Partners Serving All Children
Better Way Foundation
Role: team member
Colleague(s): Mary Hearst, Renee Hepperlen
$500,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Disability Support International Advisory Working group member, Working group member
2012 - Present Medical Advisory Board Member, SPOON Foundation
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Courses

  • Master's project
  • Foundations of Research
  • Community and Advocacy: Ecuador
  • Community and Advocacy
  • Children, Adolescents, and Families (1 and 2)

Education

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2018 - Present MPH, St. Catherine University ‐ Public Health Department
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2017 Ph.D, Nova Southeastern University
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2007 MS, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts ‐ Master of Science, Occupational Therapy
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1992 BA, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Bachelor of Arts, Occupational Therapy
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6026

Email:



Book chapters (1)

Invited Presentations (1)

Peer Reviewed Journal (3)

Presentation (1)