Laura Carpenter, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Joined Brenau University: 2014

EDUCATION     

Associate of Science, Occupational Therapy Assisting, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Master of Science, Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Doctor of Philosophy, Learning and Developmental Sciences (Educational Psychology), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

AWARDS

Occupational Therapy Fellow and Interdisciplinary Trainee (2010-2011), Riley Child Development Center (Indiana’s Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Center), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Interdisciplinary Trainee and Graduate Assistant (2007‐2008), Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Early Childhood Center (Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), Bloomington, IN 

PRACTICE EXPERTISE & SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

Outpatient pediatrics, school system practice, community-based interventions with adults who have intellectual disability and/or autism; teaching and learning

COURSES OFFERED

OT 628/OT638: OT with Infants & Children (course coordinator and instructor)

OT667: Clinical Conditions –Infants & Children (course coordinator and instructor)

OT609: Professional Reasoning with Infants & Children (course instructor)

OT680: Advanced OT Process (course coordinator and instructor)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Carpenter, L.  Transitioning From Clinician to Educator: Reflections on Teaching and Learning.  In Robinson, Jennifer Meta, Valerie Dean O’Loughlin, Katherine D. Kearns, and Laura Plummer (Eds.) Teaching as if Learning Matters:  Next Generation of Faculty Learn to Teach in Higher Education. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.  Under contract, anticipated 2020.

Carpenter, L.J.  (2017).  More than a name: Using the framework of mechanistic reasoning to move beyond taxonomies in occupational therapists’ clinical reasoning (Doctoral Dissertation).  Available from ProQuest LLC.  (ProQuest Number 10687466)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Carpenter, L.  (2019, April).  Strategies To Inform Practice and Pedagogy From an Investigation of OTs’ Clinical Reasoning.  Poster presented at the meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Carpenter, L., Buono, A.  (2017, March).  Utilizing Technology to Promote Active Learning in an OT Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Novice Practitioner-Scholars.  Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference and Expo, Philadelphia, PA.

Carpenter, L., Buono, A.  (2016, September).  Utilizing Technology to Promote Active Learning in an OT Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Novice Practitioner-Scholars.  Presentation at the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Professional Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Carpenter, L.  (2015, October).  Using Systems Thinking to More Effectively Teach Clinical Reasoning: Evidence-based Teaching Strategies for Occupational Therapy Educators.  Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit, Denver, Co.

Carpenter, L., Lentz, M., Randazzo, J., Waters, J.  (2015, September).  Emotional Intelligence Experiential Learning Workshop for Occupational Therapy Practitioners.  Presentation at the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Professional Meeting, Gainesville, GA.

Carpenter, L.  (2014, April).  Clinical Reasoning in Pediatric Occupational Therapists Poster Presentation at the meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference and Expo, Baltimore, MD.

Carpenter, L.  (2014, April).  Applying the Lens of Systems Thinking to Clinical Reasoning in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association National Conference: Philadelphia, PA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Peer Reviewer (2019). American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. Head Start – Early Head Start – Pre-K Policy Council (Member)

Brenau University Student Occupational Therapy Association (BOTSA) Faculty Advisor

Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Coordinator

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