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 holds undergraduate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assisting from the University of Southern Indiana, a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University, and a PhD in Learning and Developmental Sciences from Indiana University.

Laura has held full-time or adjunct academic appointments in the Indiana State University Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Indiana University School of Occupational Therapy, and the Indiana University Department of Learning and Developmental Sciences.  In addition, Laura has experience working as an instructional consultant at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Indiana University and was an Occupational Therapy Fellow and Interdisciplinary Trainee in the Riley Child Development Center (Indiana Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Center). 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.  

Laura’s teaching responsibilities include the pediatric assessment, application and professional reasoning courses, as well as OT 680: Advanced OT Practice.  Her current student research groups are investigating topics related to advocacy and interventions for adults with intellectual disability.  Laura’s other scholarly work has focused on the topics of clinical/professional reasoning and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Laura serves as the Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association (BOTSA) faculty advisor at the Gainesville campus.




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