Shelley E. Mulligan, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Shelley Mulligan

Phone: (603) 862-3528
Office: Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall Rm 323, Durham, NH 03824

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.

Courses Taught

  • OT 500: Behavior&Development Children
  • OT 610: Occupatn, Identity, Disability
  • OT 620: Med Terminology
  • 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 886: Engagement in Research
  • OT 890: OT and Sensory Integration


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

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