Laura J. Carpenter, BSOT, MSED, PhD, OTR/L

Laura Carpenter

Associate Professor, Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, and Didactic Curriculum Coordinator for the 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: OT with Infants & Children (course coordinator and instructor)

OT638: OT Applications with Infants & Children (course coordinator)

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

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

OT880: Program Development Across Practice Settings

OT891: Doctoral Capstone Seminar 1

OT892: Doctoral Capstone Seminar 2

OT893: Doctoral Capstone Seminar 3

OT894: Doctoral Experience Internship and Capstone Project Completion

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

Lieberman-Betz, R., Wiegand, S.D., Brown, J.A., Vail, C.O., Fiss, A.L., Carpenter, L.J. (2021). Implementation of an Interprofessional Training to Support Service Providers’ Team-Based Collaboration in the Early Intervention Setting. Manuscript under review.

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 2022.

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.  (2021, June).  Big Ideas Related to Feeding and Eating.  Invited presentation to Preparing Interdisciplinary Providers Summer Institute, virtual presentation.

Carpenter, L.  (January 2021).  Capstone Projects and Experiences: An Overview for Occupational Therapy Practitioners.  Presentation to Georgia Occupational Therapy Association’s Atlanta Region, virtual and synchronous meeting.

Carpenter, L.  (2019, May).  Big Ideas Related to Feeding and Eating.  Invited presentation to Preparing Interdisciplinary Providers Summer Institute, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Dawsonville, GA.

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Peer Reviewer (2021), American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit, St. Louis, MO.

Chair (2021-present), Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Research Committee

Mentor to a new educator through the AOTA Academic Education Special Interest Section’s New Educator Mentoring Program (2020-2021)

Reviewer (2021-present), Journal of Occupational Therapy Education

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

Preparing Interdisciplinary Providers Project Advisory Council (Member)

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

Faculty Advisor (2015-2020), Brenau University Occupational Therapy Student Association (BOTSA), Gainesville campus