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Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

TitleProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentOccupational Science and Occupational Therapy
AddressCHP 133
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9003
Phone+1 323 442 2879
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    Sharon Cermak received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, Graduate Program, and her doctoral degree in Special Education at Boston University. Dr. Cermak is renowned for her expertise in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder, a long-standing interest of hers. She co-edited a leading text, "Developmental Coordination Disorders," and more recently served as a member of an NIH Task Force on Childhood Motor Disorders.


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    Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children
    NIH/NIDCR U01DE024978May 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism
    NIH/NIDCR R34DE022263Sep 15, 2011 - Aug 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Physical Activity, Fitness and Obesity in Children with Coordination Disorders
    NIH/NICHD R21HD051861May 15, 2006 - Apr 30, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Chistol LT, Bandini LG, Must A, Phillips S, Cermak SA, Curtin C. Sensory Sensitivity and Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Feb; 48(2):583-591. PMID: 29116421.
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    2. Duker LIS, Henwood BF, Bluthenthal RN, Juhlin E, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Parents' perceptions of dental care challenges in male children with autism spectrum disorder: An initial qualitative exploration. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2017 Jul; 39:63-72. PMID: 29098015.
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    3. Hopkins J, Cermak SA, Merritt RJ. Oral Feeding Difficulties in Children With Short Bowel Syndrome: A Narrative Review. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017 May 01; 884533617707493. PMID: 28521656.
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    4. Chaspari T, Tsiartas A, Stein Duker LI, Cermak SA, Narayanan SS. EDA-gram: designing electrodermal activity fingerprints for visualization and feature extraction. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 08; 2016:403-406. PMID: 28268358.
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    5. Bar-Shalita T, Cermak SA. Atypical Sensory Modulation and Psychological Distress in the General Population. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug; 70(4):7004250010. PMID: 27294988.
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    6. Blanche EI, Diaz J, Barretto T, Cermak SA. Caregiving Experiences of Latino Families With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct; 69(5):6905185010p1-11. PMID: 26356658.
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    7. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Lane CJ, Polido JC. Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Sep; 45(9):2876-88. PMID: 25931290; PMCID: PMC4554774.
    8. Zobel-Lachiusa J, Andrianopoulos MV, Mailloux Z, Cermak SA. Sensory Differences and Mealtime Behavior in Children With Autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct; 69(5):6905185050. PMID: 26379266.
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    9. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Lane CJ, Dawson ME, Borreson AE, Polido JC. Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 May-Jun; 69(3):6903220020p1-10. PMID: 25871593; PMCID: PMC4453036.
    10. Roley SS, Mailloux Z, Parham LD, Schaaf RC, Lane CJ, Cermak S. Sensory integration and praxis patterns in children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Jan-Feb; 69(1):6901220010. PMID: 25553746.
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    11. Chaspari T, Tsiartas A, Stein LI, Cermak SA, Narayanan SS. Sparse representation of electrodermal activity with knowledge-driven dictionaries. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Mar; 62(3):960-71. PMID: 25494494; PMCID: PMC4362752.
    12. Mailloux Z, Leão M, Becerra TA, Mori AB, Soechting E, Roley SS, Buss N, Cermak SA. Modification of the postrotary nystagmus test for evaluating young children. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Sep-Oct; 68(5):514-21. PMID: 25184463.
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    13. Koester AC, Mailloux Z, Coleman GG, Mori AB, Paul SM, Blanche E, Muhs JA, Lim D, Cermak SA. Sensory integration functions of children with cochlear implants. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Sep-Oct; 68(5):562-9. PMID: 25184469.
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    14. Stein LI, Lane CJ, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Physiological and behavioral stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders during routine oral care. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014:694876. PMID: 25114916; PMCID: PMC4119730.
    15. Cermak SA, Bissell J. Content and construct validity of Here's How I Write (HHIW): A Child's Self-Assessment and Goal Setting Tool. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 May-Jun; 68(3):296-306. PMID: 24797193.
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    16. Goldstand S, Gevir D, Cermak SA. Respecting the child's perspective: effective assessment and intervention for handwriting difficulties. Aust Occup Ther J. 2014 Apr; 61(2):129-30. PMID: 24689925.
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    17. Stein LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory over-responsivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatr Dent. 2013 May-Jun; 35(3):230-5. PMID: 23756306.
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    18. Foran AC, Cermak SA, Spruijt-Metz D. Psychosocial determinants of participation in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among Hispanic and Latina middle school-aged girls. Hisp Health Care Int. 2013; 11(3):142-8. PMID: 24830915.
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    19. Stein LI, Polido JC, Najera SO, Cermak SA. Oral care experiences and challenges in children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatr Dent. 2012 Sep-Oct; 34(5):387-91. PMID: 23211914.
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    20. Stein LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory concerns in autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Sep-Oct; 66(5):e73-6. PMID: 22917131.
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    21. Bandini LG, Gleason J, Curtin C, Lividini K, Anderson SE, Cermak SA, Maslin M, Must A. Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Autism. 2013 Jan; 17(1):44-54. PMID: 22807562; PMCID: PMC3690470.
    22. Stein LI, Polido JC, Mailloux Z, Coleman GG, Cermak SA. Oral care and sensory sensitivities in children with autism spectrum disorders. Spec Care Dentist. 2011 May-Jun; 31(3):102-10. PMID: 21592164.
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    23. Mailloux Z, Mulligan S, Roley SS, Blanche E, Cermak S, Coleman GG, Bodison S, Lane CJ. Verification and clarification of patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction. Am J Occup Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr; 65(2):143-51. PMID: 21476361.
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    24. Daunhauer LA, Coster WJ, Tickle-Degnen L, Cermak SA. Play and cognition among young children reared in an institution. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2010 May; 30(2):83-97. PMID: 20367513.
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    25. Bandini LG, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Cermak S, Evans EW, Scampini R, Maslin M, Must A. Food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. J Pediatr. 2010 Aug; 157(2):259-64. PMID: 20362301; PMCID: PMC2936505.
    26. Cermak SA, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Food selectivity and sensory sensitivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Feb; 110(2):238-46. PMID: 20102851; PMCID: PMC3601920.
    27. Toglia J, Cermak SA. Dynamic assessment and prediction of learning potential in clients with unilateral neglect. Am J Occup Ther. 2009 Sep-Oct; 63(5):569-79. PMID: 19785256.
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    28. Chen YW, Tseng MH, Hu FC, Cermak SA. Psychosocial adjustment and attention in children with developmental coordination disorder using different motor tests. Res Dev Disabil. 2009 Nov-Dec; 30(6):1367-77. PMID: 19625163.
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    29. Ben-Sasson A, Hen L, Fluss R, Cermak SA, Engel-Yeger B, Gal E. A meta-analysis of sensory modulation symptoms in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Jan; 39(1):1-11. PMID: 18512135.
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    30. Miller LC, Chan W, Litvinova A, Rubin A, Tirella L, Cermak S. Medical diagnoses and growth of children residing in Russian orphanages. Acta Paediatr. 2007 Dec; 96(12):1765-9. PMID: 17971188.
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    31. Ben-Sasson A, Cermak SA, Orsmond GI, Tager-Flusberg H, Carter AS, Kadlec MB, Dunn W. Extreme sensory modulation behaviors in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Sep-Oct; 61(5):584-92. PMID: 17944296.
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    32. Ben-Sasson A, Cermak SA, Orsmond GI, Carter AS, Fogg L. Can we differentiate sensory over-responsivity from anxiety symptoms in toddlers? perspectives of occupational therapists and psychologists. Infant Ment Health J. 2007 Sep; 28(5):536-558. PMID: 28640427.
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    33. Daunhauer LA, Coster WJ, Tickle-Degnen L, Cermak SA. Effects of caregiver-child interactions on play occupations among young children institutionalized in Eastern Europe. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Jul-Aug; 61(4):429-40. PMID: 17685176.
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    34. Miller LJ, Anzalone ME, Lane SJ, Cermak SA, Osten ET. Concept evolution in sensory integration: a proposed nosology for diagnosis. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr; 61(2):135-40. PMID: 17436834.
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    35. May-Benson TA, Cermak SA. Development of an assessment for ideational praxis. Am J Occup Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr; 61(2):148-53. PMID: 17436836.
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    36. Miller LC, Chan W, Litvinova A, Rubin A, Comfort K, Tirella L, Cermak S, Morse B, Kovalev I. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children residing in Russian orphanages: a phenotypic survey. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2006 Mar; 30(3):531-8. PMID: 16499495.
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    37. Lin SH, Cermak S, Coster WJ, Miller L. The relation between length of institutionalization and sensory integration in children adopted from Eastern Europe. Am J Occup Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr; 59(2):139-47. PMID: 15830613.
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    38. Marr D, Cermak S, Cohn ES, Henderson A. Fine motor activities in Head Start and kindergarten classrooms. Am J Occup Ther. 2003 Sep-Oct; 57(5):550-7. PMID: 14527117.
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    39. Marr D, Cermak S. Consistency of handwriting in early elementary students. Am J Occup Ther. 2003 Mar-Apr; 57(2):161-7. PMID: 12674307.
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    40. Marr D, Cermak S. Predicting handwriting performance of early elementary students with the developmental test of visual-motor integration. Percept Mot Skills. 2002 Oct; 95(2):661-9. PMID: 12434865.
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