Heather Roberts, Ph.D., OT

Assistant Professor

Occupational Therapy

Heather Roberts, Ph.D., OT


MCL 853


Ph.D., Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University
M.S., Healthcare Administration, University of Texas - Arlington
B.S., Occupational Therapy, Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Pediatrics; Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disabilities; Constraint Induced Movement Therapy; Promoting Evidence Based Practice

Latest Articles

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity in US Children
Journal of Sport and Health Science (2021)
Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, Wilshaw Stevens, Xiangli Gu, Heather Roberts, Tao Zhang

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camp for Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Augmented by Use of an Exoskeleton to Play Games in Virtual Reality
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics: A Quarterly Journal of Developmental Therapy (2020)
H Roberts, A Shierk, N J Clegg, D Baldwin, L Smith

Development of a pediatric goal-centered upper limb spasticity home exercise therapy program for use in a Phase-III trial of abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport)
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics: A Quarterly Journal of Developmental Therapy (2018)
A Shierk, C Jiménez-Moreno, H Roberts, S Ackerman-Laufer, G Backer

Evaluation of Cortical Plasticity in Children with Cerebral Palsy Undergoing Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy based on Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Journal of Biomedical Optics (2014)
J Cao, B Khan, N Hervey, F Tian, Delgado M

Motion tracking and electromyography-assisted identification of mirror hand contributions to functional near-infrared spectroscopy images acquired during a finger-tapping task performed by children with cerebral palsy
Neurophotonics (2014)
N Hervey, B Khan, L Shagman, F Tian, MR Delgado


Emotional Disturbance in the School Setting
in Cases in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Assessment and Intervention | Slack, Inc (2015)
Heather Roberts

Externally Funded Projects

Therapy Together
Anonymous- Scottish Rite for Children | $20,000.00 | 2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Cognition and Bimanual Performance in Young Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Woodcock Institute Research Grant program. | $15,000.00 | 2020
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

How does 8 weeks of equine-assisted therapy affect older adults diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?
Human Animal Bond Research Institute | 2019
Role: Co-Investigator

Transformative Practice
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine | $4,000.00 | 2019
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Goal Directed Pediatric Upper Limb Home Program App for Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy
Ipsen Innovations | $80,000.00 | 2019
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Pablo Sensors for Pirate Camp
Hawk Incentives | $10,866.00 | 2019
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Kappa Kappa Tablescapes Grant
$10,000.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Competitive Equipment Grant- Two Horseback Riding Simulators
TARGET | 2020
Research Grant

Research Enhancement Program
Texas Woman's University | $6,888.00 | 2020
Research Grant

Travel Award
Texas Woman's University | $500.00 | 2020
Research Grant

Small Grants- Mini AHA and HAI Training
TWU | $725.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Competitive Higher Education Funds
$13,600.00 | 2018
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Woodcock Institute Member