M. Carolyn Baum, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

"Making A Difference: Professional Vision, Values and Advocacy"

Photo of Carolyn Baum.Dr. Carolyn Baum is the Elias Michael Director and professor of occupational therapy and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Baum currently serves as president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and served as past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board. She served on the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institute of Health and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Assess Rehabilitation Science and Engineering needs, in that capacity helping to prepare a report for Congress. Baum serves on the Board of Trustees at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and was recently appointed to the university committee that is planning the Washington University Center on Aging.

Baum’s research is on the relationship of activity and function in persons with cognitive impairment and chronic disease. Currently she is the principal investigator of a project funded by The James S. McDonnell Foundation to build an integrated model of cognitive rehabilitation. The project involves neuroscientists, neurologists, and occupational therapists working together to understand the brain and cognitive mechanisms that support every day life. Baum heads an interdisciplinary faculty that is contributing knowledge and training clinicians and rehabilitation scientists to understand the person and environmental factors that contribute to the performance of everyday life.

Other sessions held

"Improvisational Theatre and Mental Illness"
Speaker: Christine Urish, M.S., OTR/L

"Hand Therapy"
Speaker: Nancy Krolikowski, M.S., OTR, CHT

"Oral Motor Strategies"
Speaker: Karen Galloway, OTR

"Innovative Approaches to Pain Management"
Speakers: DJ O’Bryant, OTR; Amy Taylor-Johnson, M.S., OTR; and Michelle Phillips, P.T.

"Assistive Technology Without Tears"
Speakers: Janice M. DiGiovanni, M.S., OTR, and Ellen Flannery Winter, M.A., OTR

"Innovations in Clinical Training"
WMU OT faculty speakers: Ben Atchison, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA; Debra Lindstrom-Hazel, Ph.D., OTR; and Berit Miller, M.S., OTR