Dr. Sumita Rege

Associate Professor and Head

Department of Occupational Therapy


    Dr. Sumita Rege is currently working as an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Occupational Therapy, MCHP

    She is: 


    •  Institutional Research Committee, MCHP


    • Guide for MOT (Developmental Disabilities)
    • BOT & MOT teaching faculty
    • OT in Pediatrics Clinical Supervisor: MOT II , MOT I , BOT I
    • Clinical staff: Child Habilitation Unit, Department of Occupational Therapy, KMC, Manipal
    • Subject In-Charge: MOT II Elective Papers (Part A & Part B)
    • Subject In-Charge: BOT IV: Occupational Therapy: Practice Issues
    • Secretary, Departmental Research Committee


Subject Semester / Year
Basic Competencies for Occupational Therapists- I I Semester/ I BOT
Occupational Therapy Practice Issues VII Semester/ IV BOT
Constructs related to human occupations I Semester/ MOT I
Occupational Therapy in Developmental Disabilities- III Semester / MOT II
Occupational Therapy in Developmental Disabilities-II IV Semester / MOT II


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Occupational Sciences University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 2013
MOTh Neurosciences Mumbai University 2001
BSc (OT) Occupational Therapy Mumbai University 1999


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Occupational Therapy, MCHP, Manipal Associate Professor and Head Adminstrative, Researcher , PG Student mentor ,Teaching BOT & MOT , Clinical Supervisor for OT in Pediatrics March 2024- till date
Department of Occupational Therapy, MCHP, Manipal Associate Professor Researcher , PG Student mentor ,Teaching BOT & MOT , Clinical Supervisor for OT in Pediatrics January 2017- February 2024
SOAHS, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India Assistant Professor-Senior Scale Researcher , PG Student mentor ,Teaching ,BOT I Student Advising , Clinical Supervisor for OT in Pediatrics January 2015- January 2017
Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, USA Adjunct Faculty Teaching Designed and implemented semester-long courses January 2014- May 2014
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA Teaching Assistant Teaching ,Research, Developing online tutorial and evaluation modules, Leading Lab and small group discussions, Assisting Fieldwork Coordinator August 2009- May 2013


Area of Interest

: Occupational performance, Activities of Daily Living, Spinal Cord Injury, Occupational Therapy Pedagogy, School-based occupational therapy, Community participation, Occupational Science

Area of Expertise

Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Neuro-rehabilitation; Qualitative Research; Occupational Science

Area of Research

Study of occupations, Disability and internet occupations, Families of children with disabilities, Impact of disability on participation in occupations

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Life Member of All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA)

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR, Mumbai) Clinician ,Research , Clinical Supervisor for students ,Guest lecturing , Administrative tasks February 2002- July 2009
Helen Keller School for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind, Navi Mumbai Clinician ,Developing specific treatment programs for children with multiple disabilities October 2001-February 2002

The effects of remedial therapy on visual perception, depth perception and balance on a community-dwelling older population

2004-01-12 Aging, balance, falls Joshi A

This study was conducted to determine the effects of remedial therapy on visual perception, depth perception and balance in a community-dwelling elderly population. Pre and post-intervention evaluations were conducted using Test of Visual Perceptual Skills (TVPS), a depth perception instrument and the Timed up and Go test (TUG). The intervention included a remedial program for balance and perception. Improvements were noted on all the factors. Thus, a simple remedial program used by a therapist working with an older population can help to improve their quality of life. Published in IJOT, XXXVI (3)

A study of depth perception in hemiplegics

2006-01-08 Ahuja S, Rege P Chorgade L

This study was conducted to develop normative data about depth perception in individuals in the age range of 30-60 years and to identify depth perception deficits in individuals with hemiplegia. The results showed that individuals with hemiplegia had more number of errors and took a longer amount of time to complete the test, indicating affectation of depth perception. Published in IJOT, XXXVIII (2)

Social Participation in Children with Cerebral Palsy

2017-01-12 Rupambika Sahoo

Social Participation in Children with Cerebral Palsy, Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, volume:16, issue:4, October-December 2017

2017-31-03 Dr. Vinita Acharya

Rege S., Acharya V. (2017) ‘Building a case for qualitative research in Indian occupational therapy’ Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 49 (1), 17-21.

Sensory processing and organizational abilities in children at risk of ADHD

2015-01-07 Pavithra Rajgopal

This study investigated for a possible association between sensory processing and difficulties in organizational abilities among children at risk of ADHD. In addition, these domains were also compared between typically developing and at-risk-ADHD children. Multisensory processing was found to be moderately correlated to both child- and parent-reported organizational abilities of the at-risk-ADHD group. Significant difference was obtained between the two groups, for the Sensory Processing Quadrant scores, but not for the organization scales’ scores. Thus, the study concluded that multisensory processing seems to be associated with organizational abilities in at-risk-ADHD children.

The task engagement of children with autism in a coloured setting

2015-01-07 Sarah N. Fenn:

An experimental design was used to compare the influence of the differently lighted conditions (white, red and blue) on the task of categorization in children with autism. Twenty seven children with autism between 3 and 10 years of age participated in the study. The children were asked to perform the tasks of categorization of animal figurines and wooden blocks across the four differently lighted conditions and their engagement during task performance was scored according to the Autism Engagement Rating Scale. The results show that, in children with autism blue coloured setting was more beneficial when the task of categorization of super-ordinate categories (animal figurines) was undertaken.

The influence of different task inclinations on the on-task behaviours of children in academic activities

2015-01-07 Nalini Sripall

An experimental design employing the direct continuous recording method to observe for on-task behaviors was used in this study. On-task behaviors were measured during writing, reading and drawing tasks. 20 children were recruited from 3rd and 4th grades through convenience sampling. In the first step, the investigator observed the 20 children in the baseline condition and noted their on-task behaviors. In the second step, one week of trial use was given for either 10 or 25 degree inclined desks and this was then followed by one more week of using the desk in the classroom. Data was collected for the on-task behaviors in the second week. The children showed better on-task behaviors during writing, reading and drawing tasks when they sat in desk with sloping surface compared to flat working surface

Exploring the perceptions of children about play

2017-01-04 Nurul Jannah

A photovoice study to understand children’s perceptions of play. This qualitative research study was conducted in Udupi district

Play in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity: perceptions of occupational therapists and parents

2017-01-04 Jaiee Kolwankar

A descriptive study of the perceptions of occupational therapists and parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity to understand what they think about play in their children.

Exploring family-centered therapy practices in Indian occupational therapists working with children with Cerebral Palsy

2016-01-04 Amisha Verma

A qualitative descriptive study to explore family-centered occupational therapy practices for children with cerebral palsy.

Mealtime Behaviors in Children: A preliminary study in Udupi District

2016-01-04 Archana Sharma

A study to explore mealtime behaviours in typically developing children and children on the Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Social participation in children with cerebral palsy

2016-01-04 Rupambika Sahoo

A study to understand patterns of social participation among children with cerebral palsy.

    Let’s get our children to play


    Published in Udayavani