Shawn Roll, PhD, OTR/L, CWCE, RMSK

Title(s)Associate Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
AddressHRA 505
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9265
Phone+1 323 442 1850
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    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OHPhD05/2011Health and Rehabilitation Science
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OHMS05/2006Allied Health
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OHBS05/2002Occupational Therapy
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    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine2019Fellow
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography20171st Place Scientific Poster Competition
    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine2016Senior Membership
    American Occupational Therapy Association2015Roster of Fellows
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography2013Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award, 2nd Place
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography2013Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award, 3rd Place
    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine2013Finalist, Young Investigator Award
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography20131st Place Scientific Poster Competition
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography2009Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award, 1st Place

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    Shawn C. Roll received his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction. He continued his post-secondary education at OSU, obtaining an M.S. in Allied Health Professions with a Minor in Research Methods in Human Resources Development, and received his Ph.D. degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. Dr. Roll's clinical experience is in work programs, focusing on assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of work-related injuries. Dr. Roll is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) and a registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSKS).

    Dr. Roll has developed an interdisciplinary research career combining his clinical occupational therapy skills with specialization in musculoskeletal sonography and industrial engineering/ergonomics. Through his research, he collaborates with rehabilitation providers, radiologic sciences, industrial and systems engineering, neurology and orthopedics. Dr. Roll's research strives to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through a holistic approach, to effectively evaluate and provide prevention or rehabilitation interventions within the adult population. His research focus includes:

    1. Use of diagnostic sonography in the evaluation, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a primary focus on the upper extremities

    2. Investigation of physical exposures, stress, psychosocial factors and personality traits as each relate to the development of musculoskeletal disorders and how each mitigate or promote successful prevention and rehabilitation efforts

    3. Investigation of tools and approaches for determining functional capacity in healthy and injured workers

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    Association of nerve movement during functional hand use to pathology development in dental hygienists
    USC Office of the Provost Undergraduate Research Associates ProgramAug 15, 2018 - May 15, 2019
    Role: PI/Mentor
    Coadaptation of Intelligent Office Desks and Human Users to Promote Worker Productivity, Health and Wellness
    NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation 1763134Aug 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Co-PI
    Center for Mindfulness Science
    USC Office of Research Collaboration Fund GrantJul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Co-Director / Co-PI
    Integrating mindfulness-based interventions with outpatient rehabilitation in hand therapy
    California Foundation for Occupational Therapy Dissertation Research GrantOct 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019
    Role: Mentor
    Identifying risk of musculoskeletal injury in dental hygiene practice
    USC Office of the Provost Undergraduate Research Associates ProgramAug 15, 2017 - May 15, 2018
    Role: PI/Mentor
    Sonographic tissue morphology in early stage work-related median nerve pathology
    CDC/NIOSH R01OH010665Sep 30, 2015 - Sep 29, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of mind-body interventions on stress, anxiety, and pain in hand therapy patients
    American Society of Hand Therapists Founders GrantJul 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: PI
    Integrating electromyography and sonographic imaging for evidence-based therapy for chronic pelvic pain
    Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot GrantJul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2013
    Role: Co-PI
    An Experimental Investigation into Staging CTS Utilizing Portable Ultrasound...
    NIH 5R21OH009907-02Sep 1, 2010 - Apr 30, 2013
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Applications of Head-Mounted Displays for Virtual Reality in Adult Physical Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review. Am J Occup Ther. 2020 Sep/Oct; 74(5):7405205060p1-7405205060p15. Saldana D, Neureither M, Schmiesing A, Jahng E, Kysh L, Roll SC, Liew SL. PMID: 32804624.
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    2. Comparing Shape Categorization to Circularity Measurement in the Evaluation of Median Nerve Compression Using Sonography. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2020; 2020. Yao B, Gan K, Lee A, Roll SC. PMID: 32064465.
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    3. Fostering Holistic Hand Therapy: Emergent Themes of Client Experiences of Mind-Body Interventions. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2020 Apr; 40(2):122-130. Takata SC, Hardison ME, Roll SC. PMID: 31762376.
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    4. Identifying an Optimal Sampling Method to Estimate Postural Risk in a Dynamic Work Task. Proc Hum Factors Ergon Soc Annu Meet. 2019 Nov; 63(2):1028-1033. Tung KD, Fukumura YE, Baker NA, Forrest JL, Roll SC. PMID: 31911753.
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    5. The Value and Process of High-Quality Peer Review in Scientific Professional Journals. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2019; 35(5):359-362. Roll SC.. View Publication.
    6. Participants’ perceptions of Kinesio tape for carpal tunnel syndrome: A qualitative study. Hand Therapy. 2019; 24(2):37-47. Krause D, Ryan S, Krpalek D, Roll SC, Javaherian-Dysinger H, Daher N.View Publication.
    7. Smart desks to promote comfort, health, and productivity in offices: A vision for future workplaces. Frontiers in Built Environment. 2019; 5:76. Aryal A, Becerik-Gerber B, Anselmo F, Roll SC, Lucas GM.View Publication.
    8. Prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders in oral health care professionals: A systematic review. J Am Dent Assoc. 2019 06; 150(6):489-502. Roll SC, Tung KD, Chang H, Sehremelis TA, Fukumura YE, Randolph S, Forrest JL. PMID: 31030935.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Sonographic reference values of median nerve cross-sectional area: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2019 01 03; 8(1):2. Takata SC, Kysh L, Mack WJ, Roll SC. PMID: 30606255.
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    10. Identification of Aberrant Muscle Bellies in the Carpal Tunnel using Sonography. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2019 01; 35(1):62-68. Takata SC, Roll SC. PMID: 30397686.
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    11. Hand therapy interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses evaluated over the last 10 years: A mapping review linking research to practice. J Hand Ther. 2019 Jan - Mar; 32(1):1-9. Takata SC, Wade ET, Roll SC. PMID: 28647322.
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    12. Embracing the expanding horizons of diagnostic medical sonography: Clinical innovation, interdisciplinary growth, and scientific discovery. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2017; 33(2):81-82. View Publication.
    13. Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults With Musculoskeletal Conditions of the Forearm, Wrist, and Hand: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101180010p1-7101180010p12. Roll SC, Hardison ME. PMID: 28027038.
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    14. Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Musculoskeletal Shoulder Conditions: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101180020p1-7101180020p11. Marik TL, Roll SC. PMID: 28027039.
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    15. Factors Associated With Success in an Occupational Rehabilitation Program for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101190040p1-7101190040p8. Hardison ME, Roll SC. PMID: 28027046.
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    16. A pilot study to precisely quantify forces applied by sonographers while scanning: A step toward reducing ergonomic injury. Work. 2017; 58(2):241-247. Dhyani M, Roll SC, Gilbertson MW, Orlowski M, Anvari A, Li Q, Anthony B, Samir AE. PMID: 28922185.
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    17. Integrating Musculoskeletal Sonography Into Rehabilitation: Therapists' Experiences With Training and Implementation. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2017 01; 37(1):40-49. Gray JM, Frank G, Roll SC. PMID: 28830315.
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    18. Current Evidence and Opportunities for Expanding the Role of Occupational Therapy for Adults With Musculoskeletal Conditions. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101170010p1-7101170010p5. Roll SC. PMID: 28027037.
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    19. Mindfulness Interventions in Physical Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 May-Jun; 70(3):7003290030p1-9. Hardison ME, Roll SC. PMID: 27089297.
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    20. Clinical utilization of musculoskeletal sonography involving non-physician rehabilitation providers: a scoping review. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016 Apr; 52(2):253-62. Roll SC, Asai C, Tsai J. PMID: 26201705.
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    21. Exploring Occupational Therapists' Perceptions of the Usefulness of Musculoskeletal Sonography in Upper-Extremity Rehabilitation. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Jul-Aug; 69(4):6904350020p1-6. Roll SC, McLaughlin Gray J, Frank G, Wolkoff M. PMID: 26114469.
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    22. Role of sonographic imaging in occupational therapy practice. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 May-Jun; 69(3):6903360010p1-8. Roll SC. PMID: 25871607.
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    23. Carpal tunnel syndrome severity staging using sonographic and clinical measures. Muscle Nerve. 2015 Jun; 51(6):838-45. Roll SC, Volz KR, Fahy CM, Evans KD. PMID: 25287477.
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    24. Reliability of superficial male pelvic floor structural measurements using linear-array transperineal sonography. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2015 Feb; 41(2):610-7. Roll SC, Rana M, Sigward SM, Yani MS, Kirages DJ, Kutch JJ. PMID: 25444690.
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    25. Use of contrast-enhanced sonography to investigate intraneural vascularity in a cohort of Macaca fascicularis with suspected median mononeuropathy. J Ultrasound Med. 2014 Jan; 33(1):103-9. Evans KD, Volz KR, Pargeon RL, Fout LT, Buford J, Roll SC. PMID: 24371104.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    26. In memoriam: Jane Douglas Case-Smith (September 5, 1953 -July 30, 2014). OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2014; 34(4):171-5. Roll SC, Darragh AR, O'Brien JC, Fisher TF. PMID: 25347754.
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    27. Contribution of positioning to work-related musculoskeletal discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers. Work. 2014; 47(2):253-60. Roll SC, Selhorst L, Evans KD. PMID: 23324718.
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    28. Longitudinal design for sonographic measurement of median nerve swelling with controlled exposure to physical work using an animal model. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2013 Dec; 39(12):2492-7. Roll SC, Evans KD, Volz KR, Sommerich CM. PMID: 24139197.
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    29. Establishing an Imaging Protocol for Detection of Vascularity within the Median Nerve Using Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2013 Sep; 29(5). Evans KD, Volz KR, Roll SC, Hutmire CM, Pargeon RL, Buford JA, Sommerich CM. PMID: 24236299.
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    30. J Ultrasound Med. Longitudinal analysis of grayscale imaging and electromyography in an animal model of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2013. Roll SC, Evans KD, Volz KR, Sommerich CM.
    31. Reply: To PMID 22535720. J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Jan; 32(1):188-9. Evans KD, Roll SC, Volz KR, Freimer M. PMID: 23269726.
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    32. Importance of tissue morphology relative to patient reports of symptoms and functional limitations resulting from median nerve pathology. Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Jan-Feb; 67(1):64-72. Roll SC, Evans KD, Li X, Sommerich CM, Case-Smith J. PMID: 23245784.
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    33. Transperineal Sonography Evaluation of Muscles and Vascularity in the Male Pelvic Floor. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2013 Jan; 29(1):3-10. Roll SC, Kutch JJ. PMID: 23814769.
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    34. Relationship between intraneural vascular flow measured with sonography and carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis based on electrodiagnostic testing. J Ultrasound Med. 2012 May; 31(5):729-36. Evans KD, Roll SC, Volz KR, Freimer M. PMID: 22535720.
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    35. Morphologic Characterization of Intraneural Flow Associated With Median Nerve Pathology. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2012 Jan; 28(1):11-19. Evans KD, Volz KR, Hutmire C, Roll SC. PMID: 23772421.
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    36. An analysis of occupational factors related to shoulder discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists. Work. 2012; 42(3):355-65. Roll SC, Evans KD, Hutmire CD, Baker JP. PMID: 22523028.
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    37. Injuries and prevention in health care providers. Work. 2012; 42(3):309-10. Roll SC. PMID: 22741189.
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    38. Screening for carpal tunnel syndrome using sonography. J Ultrasound Med. 2011 Dec; 30(12):1657-67. Roll SC, Evans KD, Li X, Freimer M, Sommerich CM. PMID: 22124001.
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    39. Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography vs. electromyography in carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of literature. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2011 Oct; 37(10):1539-53. Roll SC, Case-Smith J, Evans KD. PMID: 21821353.
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    40. Sonographic representation of bifid median nerve and persistent median artery. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2011; 27:89-94. Roll SC, Evans KD.View Publication.
    41. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011. Spectral Doppler measurement of perineural flow within the median nerve compared to nerve conduction studies. 2011; 37:8S. Evans KD, Roll SC, Volz KR, Sommerich CM.View Publication.
    42. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011. Relationship of median nerve ultrasonographic measures to anthropometric and demographic factors for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2011; 37:8S. Roll SC, Evans KD, Freimer ML, Case-Smith J, Sommerich CM.View Publication.
    43. Official proceedings of the 13th Congress of the WFUMB 2011. Ultrasound contrast-enhanced interrogation of the median nerve to document peripheral vascular flow in an animal model. 2011; 37:8S. Evans KD, Roll SC, Volz KR, Buford JA, Sommerich CM.View Publication.
    44. Factors that contribute to wrist-hand-finger discomfort in diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2010; 26:121-129. Evans KD, Roll SC, Hutmire CD, Baker JP.View Publication.
    45. J Diagn Med Sonogr. A holistic evaluation of risk factors for work related musculoskeletal distress among asymptomatic sonographers performing neurosonology: A pilot study. 2010; 26:64-78. Evans KD, Roll SC, Li X, Sammet S.View Publication.
    46. Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference. Investigating effects of controller algorithm on torque tool operator. 2009. Sommerich CM, Gumpina R, Roll SC, Le P, Chandler D.
    47. Feasibility of using a hand-carried sonographic unit for investigating median nerve pathology. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2009; 25:241-249. Roll SC, Evans KD.View Publication.
    48. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDS) among registered diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists: A representative sample. J Diagn Med Sonogr. 2009; 25:287-299. Evans KD, Roll SC, Baker J.View Publication.
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