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Assistant Professor

Division of Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor Status: P Status

406G Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Professional Areas of Interest

  • Sensory processing and attention in autism
  • Brain-behavior relationships using EEG and fMRI
  • Developing and testing evidence-based interventions


Dr. Jewel Crasta is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Division in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Crasta’s research focuses on examining the relationship between attention and sensory processing in children and young adults on the autism spectrum using neuroimaging tools such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) along with performance-based measures. As an occupational therapy (OT) practitioner and neuroscience researcher, Dr. Crasta’s research is aimed at bridging the gap between basic research and observed everyday behavior in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions to develop evidence-based interventions.

Recent Publications

Crasta, J. E., & Jacoby, E. C. (2023). The Effect of Attention on Auditory Processing in Adults on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-14. 

Crasta, J. E., Green, O. J., Gavin, W. J., & Davies, P. L. (2023). The Relationship Between Attention, Sensory Processing, and Social Responsiveness Among Adults on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-15.

Crasta, J. E., Nebel, M. B., Svingos, A., Tucker, R. N., Chen, H. W., Busch, T., ... & Suskauer, S. J. (2023). Rethinking recovery in adolescent concussions: Network‐level functional connectivity alterations associated with motor deficits. Human brain mapping. 



Recent Presentations

Kemp, E. & Crasta, J. E. (2023). A randomized control trial examining the efficacy of a therapeutic swim intervention - AquOTic for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Columbus, OH, USA. 

Watson-Grace, A., Martis, J., Wengerd, L. & Crasta, J. E. (2023). A Pilot Study Investigating a Video Coding Methodology to Characterize Occupational Therapy Services for Autistic Children. Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Columbus, OH, USA. 

Kromalic, M, Crasta, J. E., Martis, J. E., & Jarrott, S. E. (2023). A Delphi Consensus Study Describing Active Ingredients of Occupational Therapists for Children on the Autism Spectrum. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(Supplement_2), 7711500032p1. 

Bland, C., Worthen-Chaudhari, L., Hackney, M., Lustberg, M., & Crasta, J. E. (2023). Effect of Partnered Dance Intervention on Upper Extremity Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors With CIPN. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 104(3), e24.

Major Awards

  • Young Scientist Award for poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • Awarded Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars Student Award for top scoring paper, Boston University, 2017.
  • International Presidential Fellow Award, Colorado State University, 2014 - 2015.


  • 2020: Postdoctoral fellowship, Johns Hopkins University.
  • 2017: PhD, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences, Colorado State University
  • 2015: Post-Professional MS, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
  • 2011: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India 

Research Links

NEUroscience Research in Occupational Therapy

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