Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background
Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, has expertise in early screening and early intervention among families of children with autism spectrum disorders. She has practiced occupational therapy in early intervention settings, as well as been involved in a number of research projects for young children with autism.

Academic Background
Little graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel in 2012, and completed a postdoctoral research position there in 2013.

Research Focus
Little's research efforts focus on using a biobehavioral approach to characterize the early development of children with autism spectrum disorders in the context of their families in order to inform early intervention approaches.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document


Little, L. M., Freuler, A. C., Houser, M. B., Guckian, L., Carbine, K., David, F. J., & Baranek, G. T. (2011).Brief Report—Psychometric validation of the sensory experiences questionnaire. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 1–4.

Little, L.M., Ausderau, K., Sideris, J.H., & Baranek, G.T. (in press). Activity Participation among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Ausderau, K., Sideris, J.H., Furlong, M., Little, L.M., & Baranek, G.T. (in press). National survey of sensory features of children with ASD: Factor structure of the Sensory Experience Questionnaire (3.0). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Baranek, G.T., Little, L.M., Parham, D., Ausderau, K., & Sabatos-DeVito, M. (in press). Sensory Development and Disorders in ASD. In Fred Volkmar, F., Paul R., Pelphrey, K., & Rogers, S. (Eds.). Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders 4rd edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Selected Recent and Current Grants

Pilot Grant. North Carolina Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Stress Response in Young Children with Autism: The Role of Maternal Responsivity (September 2012). 

Dissertation Research Grant Award. The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (Feb. 2012)

Last modified: Oct 22, 2013

Lauren Little


Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor

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