Laura Carpenter, M.S.Ed., 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 is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Educational Psychology in the Indiana University School of Education.

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 research interests focus on the topic of clinical/professional reasoning as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her dissertation research is investigating the components of clinical reasoning used by pediatric occupational therapists.  As of October 2016, she serves as faculty advisor for the Brenau Occupational Therapy Student Association (BOTSA) in Gainesville.  Her current student research groups are studying the topics of (a) pediatric occupational therapists’ use of intuition, and (b) the use of concept mapping as an educational intervention.




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