Shelley Mulligan

Phone: (603) 862-3528
Office: Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall Rm 323, Durham, NH 03824
Shelley E. Mulligan, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Shelley Mulligan PhD., OTR/L received her Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education, University of Washington, in 1997; Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, 1990, and Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario, CAN, 1985. She currently is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire. Dr. Mulligan is also core faculty with the NH-ME MCH-LEND program, which is a leadership training program to prepare leaders to work in fields supporting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. She has published extensively in the area of sensory integration, and her program of research involves the evaluation of sensory motor functions and sensory processing disorders in children. She is co-author of a new measure of sensory processing, called the Sensory Processing 3 Dimensions Assessment which is scheduled for publication in 2021. Dr. Mulligan also serves as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA-GAL), guardian ad litem for children who have abused or neglected in NH.


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Washington
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario

Courses Taught

  • OT 500: Behavior&Development Children
  • OT 720: Med. Terminology
  • OT 753/853: Mind-Body Systems-Pediatrics
  • OT 762: OT Eval & Interv for Children
  • OT 785: Research Methods
  • OT 853: Mind-Body Systems - Pediatrics
  • OT 862: OT Eval &Intervention Children
  • OT 862L: OT Eval&Intervention Child Lab
  • OT 890: OT and Sensory Integration

Selected Publications

Mulligan, S. (2021). Item Analysis, Age Trends, and Internal Consistency Reliability of the Children’s Occupational Performance Questionnaire (COPQ). The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(2). doi:10.5014/ajot.2021.043158

Schoen, S. A., Miller, L. J., & Mulligan, S. (2021). Validity of the Occupational Performance Scale of the Sensory Processing Three Dimensions Measure. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(2). doi:10.5014/ajot.2021.044248

Mulligan, S., Douglas, S., & Armstrong, C. (2021). Characteristics of Idiopathic Sensory Processing Disorder in Young Children.. Front Integr Neurosci, 15, 647928. doi:10.3389/fnint.2021.647928

Mulligan, S. E. (2019). Initial Studies of Validity of the Children's Occupational Performance Questionnaire. OTJR-OCCUPATION PARTICIPATION AND HEALTH, 39(3), 135-142. doi:10.1177/1539449218808276

Mulligan, S., Schoen, S. A., Miller, L. J., Valdez, A., & Magalhaes, D. (2019). The Sensory Processing 3-Dimensions Scale: Initial Studies of Reliability and Item Analyses. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(1). doi:10.15453/2168-6408.1505

Mulligan, S., & White, B. P. (2012). Sensory and Motor Behaviors of Infant Siblings of Children With and Without Autism. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 66(5), 556-566. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.004077

Mailloux, Z., Mulligan, S., Roley, S. S., Blanche, E., Cermak, S., Coleman, G. G., . . . Lane, C. J. (2011). Verification and clarification of patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction.. Am J Occup Ther, 65(2), 143-151. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.000752

White, B. P., Mulligan, S., Merrill, K., & Wright, J. (2007). An examination of the relationships between motor and process skills and scores on the sensory profile. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 61(2), 154-160. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.2.154

White, B. P., & Mulligan, S. E. (2005). Behavioral and physiologic response measures of occupational task performance: A preliminary comparison between typical children and children with attention disorder. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 59(4), 426-436. Retrieved from

Mulligan, S. (1998). Patterns of Sensory Integration Dysfunction: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52(10), 819-828. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.10.819

Most Cited Publications