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Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Bondurant Hall 2053 – CB #7122
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phone: (919) 843-4468

View Dr. Sandbank’s CV


  • PhD, Special Education, 2015, Vanderbilt University
  • MEd, Special Education, 2011, Vanderbilt University
  • BA, Modern Languages, 2006, University of Louisiana, Lafayette


  • Licensed Special Education Teacher (Comprehensive Grades K-12)

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Early interventions for children on the autism spectrum, specifically¬†intervention effectiveness and how it varies depending on characteristics of the child, intervention approach, and the types of outcomes the intervention means to support.

Research Accomplishments

  • Lead Investigator for Project AIM, which quantitatively synthesized the results of 150 reports of early intervention studies to better understand the overall effect of intervention, its variance by approach, and the extent to which it improves generalizable, developmentally important outcomes.
  • Received the 2021 INSAR Young Investigator Award for work on Project Aim.
  • In 2022, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected Project Aim as one of the Top 20 Advances in Autism Research published in 2020.