Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy



Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L has been a pediatric occupational therapist in Washington State since 1992. She has worked in clinic, school, and private practice settings. Dr. Watling has lectured extensively at state, regional, and national conferences on the topics of sensory processing, sensory-based occupational therapy intervention, and issues related to services for children with autism and has many publications on these topics. She is the lead author of the AOTA Practice Guideline for Children and Adolescents with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration and the co-editor for Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach. Dr. Watling received her BS and MS in occupational therapy from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and her PhD from the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between sensory processing and behavior, especially among children with autism spectrum disorders. She has served on various committees for the American Occupational Therapy Association, including holding the positions of Chairperson and Education/Research liaison for the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section and participating in the Autism Workgroup. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been on select advisory panels for the organization. She is Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound where she teaches in the entry-level Masters program and post-professional doctoral program.