Laura Carpenter, Ph.D., OTR/L

Laura Carpenter joined Brenau University’s School of Occupational Therapy in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor at the Gainesville campus.  Laura has held full-time or adjunct academic appointments in the Indiana State University Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Indiana University School of Occupational Therapy.

Laura’s current teaching responsibilities include the pediatric assessment, application and professional reasoning courses, as well as OT680: Advanced OT Practice.   While a doctoral student at Indiana University she taught as an associate instructor in the Department of Learning and Developmental Sciences and worked as an instructional consultant at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.   Laura also was an Occupational Therapy Fellow and Interdisciplinary Trainee in the Riley Child Development Center (Indiana’s Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Center) and Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Early Childhood Center (Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).

Her clinical experience has primarily been in the outpatient pediatric setting, although she also has experience working in school system practice, consulting, and adult rehabilitation settings.  

Research Interests

  • Video-based interventions (e.g., video modeling and video self-modeling) for adults with autism and/or intellectual disability
  • Single case experimental design
  • Clinical/professional reasoning and topics related to the scholarship of teaching and learning


  • Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association (BOTSA) faculty advisor at the Gainesville campus.
  • Curriculum Coordinator for the School of Occupational Therapy


Indiana University Bloomington, IN

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Learning and Developmental Sciences (Educational Psychology) Dissertation: More than a name: Using the framework of mechanistic reasoning to move beyond taxonomies in occupational therapists’ clinical reasoning
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology

University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services
  • Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant


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