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

Elias Michael Director
Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work
Washington University School of Medicine

"Effective Assessment  of Occupational Performance : Linking Brain to Everyday Life"

Dr. Carolyn Baum received her B.S. in occupational therapy at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; her M.A. in health management at Webster University in St. Louis; and her Ph.D. in social work with a concentration in social policy and aging at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Baum directs the program in occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine and teaches in the MSOT, OTD and Ph.D. in rehabilitation and participation science programs. She has twice served as president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, was president of the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (now NBCOT) and is chair of the Research Commission for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Dr. Baum works with an interdisciplinary initiative which has for the last 15 years followed over 15,000 people with strokes to characterize their daily life and service needs. What has emerged is the important role that occupational therapists play in supporting action and doing. She is currently a leader in an international initiative (USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, Israel and Europe) funded by the J. S. McDonnell Foundation that includes 70 basic, neuro, social and occupational scientists’ whose goal is to understand how to best help each individual realize his or her full potential for getting better and living well after stroke. This initiative will strengthen our understanding of how neuroscience principles can inform rehabilitation science and concurrently understand how rehabilitation contributes to our understanding of the brain structure and function—a question first posed in our profession by Adolph Meyer in his seminal paper on The Theory of Occupation in 1922.

Other sessions held

 “Effective Assessment of Occupational Performance: Linking Brain to Everyday Life”

Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Baum, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

“Get It Right! Ensuring Meaningfulness in Evaluation Using Ecological Validity”

Plenary Speaker:, Patricia Crist, Ph.D., OTR/L, PC, FAOTA

“Assessment of Children with Complex Trauma”

Speakers: Ben Atchison, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA and Michelle Suarez, Ph.D., OTR/L

“Outcome Measures for a Post-Acute Care Continuum”

Speakers: Roberta Virva, MSPT, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Ashley McKnight, OTR/L , Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

“Using Goal Attainment Scaling as an Outcome  Measure”

Speaker: Ann Chapleau, DHS, M..S, OTR/L

“Teaching Outcome Measures During Level II Fieldwork”

Speakers: Sara Clark, M.S., OTR/L and Holly Grieves, M.S., OTR/L