Barbara Brockevelt

Barbara Brockevelt

Chair, Occupational Therapy



Phone: (605) 658-6358



Dr. Brockevelt is Chair and Professor of Occupational Therapy. She has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist and 20 years as an educator/scholar. Dr. Brockevelt was instrumental in developing the occupational therapy program at USD and in securing licensure for the practice of occupational therapy in SD. In 2013 she was named to the American Occupational Therapy Roster of Fellows.

Teaching Interests:

Child development; kinesiology and biomechanical foundations of occupation; healthcare leadership and management; qualitative research

Research Interests:

Child & Infant Mental Health, Sensory Function in Children, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


  • Ph D, Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, 2006
  • MA, Anatomy & Structural Biology, The University of South Dakota, 1999
  • BA, Occupational Therapy, The College of St. Catherine, 1979

Licensures and Certifications:

  • SD Occupational Therapy License #0001, South Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification, NDTA
  • Occupational Therapist, Registered, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy


  • Determinants of Care & Life Quality in American Indian Women with Cervical Cancer, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under award number U54MD008164 (by Elliott). Grant Role: Supporting. (2013 - 2015)
  • Smart Home Technology Facilitates Telehealth & Independence, USD Governor's Technology Funds. Grant Role: Principal. (2012 - 2013)
  • Developing Competency in Telehealth Technology, The University of South Dakota. Grant Role: Principal. (2011 - 2012)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Feldhacker, Diana, Cerny, Shana, Brockevelt, Barbara, and Lawler, Michael J.. Occupations and Well-being of Children and Youth. In Handbook of Leisure, Recreation, Physical Activity, Sports, and Quality of Life, edited by Lia Rodriguez de la Vega and Walter N. Toscano. Springer, 2018.
  • Lawler, Michael J., Choi, Changyong, Yoo, Joan, Lee, Juyeon, Roh, Soonhee, Newland, Lisa, Jarod, Giger T., Sudhagoni, Ramu, Brockevelt, Barbara, and Bong Joo, Lee. Children's subjective well-being in rural communities of South Korea and the United States, 158-164. Vol. 85. Children and Youth Services Review, 2018. (DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.023)
  • Lawler, Michael J., Newland, Lisa, Giger, Jarod T., Roh, Soonhee, and Brockevelt, Barbara. Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of Children's Subjective Well-Being: Perspectives of 10-year-old Children in the United States and 10 Other Countries, 1-18. Vol. 10. Child Indicators Research, 2017. (DOI: 10.1007/s12187-016-9376-0)
  • Newland, Lisa, Giger, Jarod T., Lawler, Michael J., Roh, Soonhee, Brockevelt, Barbara, and Schweinle, Amy. Multilevel Analysis of Child and Adolescent Subjective Well-Being across 14 Countries: Child- and Country-Level Predictors. Child Development, 2017.
  • Nissen, Ranelle, and Brockevelt, Barbara. The Effect of Education on Student Perceptions about Telehealth. International Journal of Health Sciences , 2016.
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. A comparison of the Sensory Profile scores of children with autism and an age-and gender-matched sample. Edited by Keith Hanson, MD, 459; 461; 463-465. Vol. 66, Iss. 11. Sioux Falls, SD: South Dakota Medicine, 2013.
  • Seefeldt, Teresa, Mort, Jane, Brockevelt, Barbara, Giger, Jarod T., Jordre, Becca, Lawler, Michael J., Nilson, Wade, Svien, Lana, and . A Pilot Study of Interprofessional Case Discussions for Health Professions Students Using the Virtual World Second Life.. Edited by Robin M. Zavod, PhD, 224-231. Vol. 4. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2012. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cptl.2012.05.007)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, and Brydl-Andrews, Holly. Occupational Therapy Student Perceptions of Concept Mapping as a Learning Tool. Edited by Elizabeth Lannigan, 1-4. Bethesday, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, 2011.
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. Enabling participation: Perspectives of Adolescents with Visual Impairment and Their Families. Sydney : World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2006.
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. Promoting Pediatric Wellness: A Community Service Learning Experience.. In Action for Health in a New Millennium. Stockholm: World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2002.
  • Barnett, Debra, and Brockevelt, Barbara. Guidelines for Provision of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Educational Settings. Pierre, SD: South Dakota .. Pierre, SD: South Dakota Division of Education, Section for Special Education., 1988.
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Morey, Jeanette, and Stuart, Sheila. Feeding and Swallowing: Normal Development, Assessment & Treatment.. Sioux Falls, SD: Center for Disabilities, 1985.
  • Cross, Audrey, Brockevelt, Barbara, Kruisselbrink, Allison R., Triplett, Annika S., and Flett, Jessica M.. The effectiveness of Dynavision training to improve visual motor skills of collegiate athletes: A pilot study. Gazetta Medica Italiana Archivio Per Le Sienze Mediche.

Awards and Honors:

  • Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2013
  • Service Award, Delta Gamma Center, 2008
  • AOTA/AOTF Leadership Fellowship, AOTA & AOTF, 2008
  • Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2003
  • Nominated, Belbas-Larson Award for Teaching, The University of South Dakota, 2002
  • Wesley W. Parke Research Endowment, USD Anatomy, 1995
  • Wesley W. Parke Research Endowment, USD Anatomy, 1994
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scholarship, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 1991
  • Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1989
  • Service Award, South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association, 1988


  • Giger, Jarod T., Newland, Lisa, Lawler, Michael J., Roh, Soonhee, Brockevelt, Barbara, Schweinle, Amy. Individual- and Country-Level Predictors of Children's Subjective Well-being in 14 Countries. Presented at the 6th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, Montreal, Canada. (June 2017)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Cerny, Shana, Fluth, Nicole, Ludwig, Kaitlyn, Myers, Shelby, Pooker, Ashley, Ross, Stephanie. Feeding Disorders in Children. Presented at the 2017 Occupational Therapy Research Day, Vermillion, SD. (May 4, 2017)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Cerny, Shana, Bodurtha, Laura, Byrne, Sarah, Crook, Krista, Holbrook, Kate, Laskowski, Beth, Mettler, Lindsey, Vander Molen, Kenzie, Visser, Dana. Predictors of Child Subjective Well-Being. Presented at the 2017 Occupational Therapy Research Day, Vermillion, SD. (May 4, 2017)
  • Newland, Lisa, Giger, Jarod T., Lawler, Michael J., Roh, Soonhee, Brockevelt, Barbara, Schweinle, Amy. Child and adolescent subjective well-being across 14 countries: A multilevel analysis. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX. (April 2017)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Newland, Lisa, Lawler, Michael J.. Activities in an ecological, relationship-based model of children's subjective well-being. Presented at the Exploring the Global Well-Being of Children and Youth Conference, Berlin, Germany. (July 2015)
  • Nissen, Ranelle, Brockevelt, Barbara, Bailey, Scott, Jackson, Brianna, Mentzer, Amanda. Student Perceptions of Telehealth. Presented at the USD 6th Annual Occupational Therapy Research Symposium, Lee Medical Building, Vermillion, SD. (May 6, 2015)
  • Lawler, Michael J., Newland, Lisa, Giger, Jarod T., Roh, Soonhee, Brockevelt, Barbara. Ecological, relationship-based model of children's subjective well-being: Perspectives from the United States and ten other countries. Presented at the School of Health Sciences Research Conference, Vermillion, SD. (April 24, 2015)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Smallfield, Stacy. Home design to enhance participation, health and wellness. Presented at the AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD. (April 4, 2014)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. Interprofessional education experiences with community-dwelling older adults. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Assocation 2014 Annual Conference & Expo, Baltimore, MD. (April 3, 2014)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. Creating meaningful learning experiences in child development: Exploring online video, iPad and Android applications. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, San Diego, CA. (April 27, 2013)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara. The Impact of Recreation and Support Groups in Promoting the Development of Social Skills, Independence, and Participation in Community Activities for Children with Visual Impairment: A Program Evaluation. Presented at the The American Occupational Therapy Association 90th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. (April 30, 2010)
  • Brockevelt, Barbara, Brydl-Andrews, Holly. A Qualitative Study of the Use of Concept Mapping in Occupational Therapy Education. Presented at the The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Occupational Therapy, Orlando, FL. (April 28, 2010)