The 20Q course series is written in an engaging Q & A style, featuring contributing editor Dr. Franklin Stein interviewing pioneers in the OT profession. In this edition, we highlight Dr. Karen Jacobs' career and contributions to occupational therapy. Dr Jacobs is a very productive leader in occupational therapy, notably as a past president of AOTA, founding editor of the journal, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, and a researcher in ergonomics.
This course is part of a quarterly series on OccupationalTherapy.com designed as a salute to the OT pioneers with contributing editor Dr. Franklin Stein. It is presented in an engaging Q & A format and highlights the OT pioneer's journey into occupational therapy and research accomplishments.
Course created on March 11, 2019
Course Type: Text
CEUs/PDUs Offered: AOTA/0.1 Introductory, Category 3: Professional Issues - OT Research; CE Broker/1.0 Home Study, General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), 706886; IACET/0.1; NBCOT/1.25 Beginner, Education And/or Research
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss how ergonomics fits into occupational therapy.
- After this course, participants will be able to Identify the major issues in healthcare that impact on the practice of occupational therapy.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how college students adjust to the effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA
Karen Jacobs, Ed.D., OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts in Educational Leadership in Schooling, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Jacobs is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has received 41 awards and honors including being a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland; the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT); received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003; and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award.
Since completing her doctorate in 1993, she has authored, co-authored, edited or co- edited more than 81 peer reviewed journal articles; 24 book chapters, and 24 books such as: Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competency (3 editions), The AOTA Occupational Therapy Manager, Ergonomics for Therapists (2 editions), Health Professional as Educator (2 editions) and Work Practice: International Perspectives.
Dr. Jacobs is the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands).
Dr. Jacobs is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the online post-professional doctorate (OTD) in occupational therapy program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 36 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of on-line graduate courses, use of technology to enable social participation among various populations of persons with disabilities, ergonomics, and health care marketing.
Dr. Jacobs’ research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, she examines the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among various populations. Dr. Jacobs was the co-PI for Project Career, a National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) five-year interprofessional demonstration grant. In an effort to improve academic and employment outcomes for 2- and 4-year college students including veterans with cognitive disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Project Career integrates assistive technology (AT) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) to help students find accommodations that can help them be successful. This interdisciplinary initiative operated at three sites: Kent State University, Boston University, and West Virginia University, with its evaluation provided by JBS International.
In addition to being an occupational therapist with 40 years of experience, Dr. Jacobs is a certified professional ergonomist (CPE), a fellow of the Human Factors ad Ergonomics Society (HFES); and is a consultant in ergonomics, marketing and entrepreneurship.
She is the chairperson of the Outreach Division and chairperson of the Environmental Design Technical Group (EDTG) of the HFES.
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