Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L

Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L

Title
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-503
Email
kramerj@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-2702
Education
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute, 2008-2009.
PhD in Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008.
MS in Occupational Therapy (post-professional), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004.
BS in Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, 1999.
Website or Lab
Youth and Young Adult Empowerment, Leadership & Learning Lab
CV
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Courses Taught

Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy courses

SAROT620: Evidence-Based OT Practice II

This second course in the evidence-based practice sequence focuses on critical analysis of research on intervention effectiveness. Students examine issues of internal, external, and statistical validity as they relate to the appropriate use of evidence for clinical decision-making.

SAROT621: Evidence-Based OT Practice III

This is the third course in a sequence that develops skills and knowledge for evidence-based occupational therapy practice. The course focuses on generating evidence for one's own practice. The course introduces students to methods to examine generating group level (program evaluation) individual outcomes (single subject design).

SAROT736: Independent Study

Individually supervised study for advanced students wishing to pursue a specialized area of interest in occupational therapy.

SAROT904: Thesis Proposal Development

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the student develops a written research proposal.

Visit Boston University’s entry-level MSOT program.

Post-professional distance education OTD courses

SAROT990: OTD Independent Study

Continuation of the on-line doctoral project for OTD students who need additional semesters beyond the 6 credits of OT 930 to complete their doctoral project.

Visit Boston University’s online post-professional OTD clinical doctorate program.

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Kramer’s interests center around the involvement of children with disabilities in research and intervention planning, the development of theory-based assessments and interventions, and disability rights and culture. Her current research uses a participatory approach to evaluate the effectiveness of Project TEAM, an intervention to teach youth with disabilities to systematically evaluate environmental barriers and supports, identify needed supports, and request environmental modifications and reasonable accommodations to facilitate participation. Dr. Kramer is also partnering with youth with disabilities to develop an accessible self-report version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). She is co-author of two pediatric assessments based on the model of human occupation, and has contributed to the development of other assessments for children and adults with disabilities.

Dr. Kramer’s practice experience is with enabling children and youth ages 3 to 20 with multiple, severe disabilities to participate and learn in a public school setting.

Recent Presentations

Conference Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • Kramer, J. (2014, April). Formative evaluation of Project TEAM (Teens making Environment and Activity Modifications). Presented at the annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Kramer, J. (2013, June). A multi-method, participatory formative evaluation of Project TEAM (Teens making Environment and Activity Modifications). Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Kramer, J. (2013, May). Formative evaluation of a manualized self- advocacy intervention, Project TEAM (Teens making Environment and Activity Modifications). Presented at the Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, Chicago, IL.
  • Kramer, J. [with contributing authors Heckmann, S., & Bell-Walker, M.] (2013, April). Accommodations& Therapeutic Techniques Used During the Administration of the Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA).  Presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Coster, W. J., Kramer, J., Kao, Y-C., Liljenquist, K., & Dooley, M. (2013, April). Psychometric properties of the PEDI-CAT for children, youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Kramer, J., Coster, W., Kao, Y., & Haley, S. M. (2011, June). Application of a new measure of activity and participation with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The Twin Cities, Minnesota.
  • Kramer, J., Coster, W., Kao, Y., Orsmond, G. (2011, April). “I’m my child’s prefrontal lobe:” Evaluations of performance of everyday activities by parents of children with autism. Presented at the 91st annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kramer, J. (2011, April). “Kids Speak Out!”: Best practices and evidence-based strategies for administering the Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA). Presented at the 91st annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Wilcox, A., Garcia-Reidy, T., & Kramer, J. (2011, April). Building a volitional profile: A systematic approach to assessing, documenting, and addressing volition in pediatric rehabilitation. Presented at the 91st annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kramer, J., Barth, Y., Curtis, K., Livingston, K., O’Neil, M., & Smith, Z. [The Youth Development and Marketing Panel] (2011, March). “Game Plan!”: A new environmental modification training. Presented at the Federation for Children with Special Needs Visions of Community 2011 Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Kramer, J. (2010, April). Evaluating the social validity of the goals, procedures, and outcomes of the child occupational self-assessment: A systematic approach to integrating mixed methods. Presented at the 90th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Kramer, J. (2010, April). “I do lots of things”: A qualitative approach to understanding how children with cerebral palsy describe their competence for everyday activities. Presented at the 90th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Kramer, J. (2010, June). “Give them a voice”: Therapists’ perspectives on how the Child Occupational Self Assessment impacts their communication with school-aged children with disabilities. Presented at the 8th Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET). Boston, MA.
  • Kramer, J. (2009, October). How children with disabilities use likert scales to report competence and importance of everyday activities. Presented at the joint Annual Meeting of the American Congress and Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Denver, CO.
  • Bowyer, P., Kramer, J., Lee, J., & O’Brien, J. (2009, April). Linking research and practice in assessment development: A mixed-methods approach to determining the clinical utility of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE). Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Houston, TX.
  • Bowyer, P., Kramer, J., Lee, J., & O’Brien, J. (2009, April). Getting a better picture: How pediatric practitioners choose assessments for practice. Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Houston, TX.
  • Kramer, J., Lee, S., Kielhofner, G., & Taylor, R. (2009, April). Obtaining Rasch measures in the clinic: The development of a paper-and-pencil scoring form for the Occupational Self Assessment. Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Houston, TX.
  • Kramer, J., Lee, S., Kielhofner, G., & Taylor, R. (2009, April). External validity and stability of the Occupational Self- Assessment when used with adolescents with fatigue. Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Houston, TX.
  • Kramer, J., Lee, S., Kielhofner, G., & Taylor, R. (2009, April). Using the Occupational Self- Assessment to capture client- reported outcomes: Establishing sensitivity using a unique Rasch- model approach. Presented at the 89th annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Houston, TX.

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations

  • O’Brien, J., Kramer, J., & Bowyer, P. (2014, April). Applying the model of human occupation in pediatric practice. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Kramer, J., Coster, W. J., & Liljenquist, K. (2013, June). Functional activity performance, not IQ, predicts responsibility for major life tasks for children with ASD. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Kramer, J. (2013, June). Development of Functional Skills: comparing youth with ASDs, developmental disabilities, and no disabilities at 5, 10, and 15 years using the PEDI-CAT. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Kao, Y., Coster, W., Kramer, J., Haley, S. M., Ni, P., Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkman, M., & Moed, R. (2011, April). Measuring transition of responsibility from parent to child: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT). Presented at the 91st annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kramer, J. (2010, May). Evidence-based strategies for gathering and interpreting children and youth self-reports: An example using the Child Occupational Self Assessment. Poster presented at the 15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile.
  • Kramer, J. &Bowyer, P. (2010, May). Occupational therapists as leaders in interdisciplinary educational teams: Forging collaboration through the use of participation-focused assessments. Poster presented at the 15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile.
  • Kramer, J. M. (2009, March). Using a unique measurement approach to explore the response patterns of children with disabilities across contexts. Poster presented at the 42nd annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Invited Presentations

  • Kramer, J. (2014, April). Translating contemporary approaches to disability to best practices for transition –age youth: Project TEAM (Teens making Environment and Activity Modifications). Presented at the Laure Institute for Disability Policy and the Institute for Child and Youth Family Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA.
  • Kramer, J. (2011, January). Reaching a shared understanding for pediatric occupational therapy: Therapists’ perspectives of the use of the Child Occupational Self Assessment. Presented at the second international institute on the Model of Human Occupation. Chicago, IL.
  • Kramer, J. (2010, January). Using MOHO in the schools to guide child-centered service provision and environmental modifications, & The Pediatric Volitional Questionnaire: A systematic approach to addressing motivation for occupation. Presented to the Northwestern NHS Pediatric Occupational Therapists. Manchester, UK.
  • Kramer, J. (2009, November).  Inclusive research strategies for involving both adults with intellectual disabilities/learning difficulties and children with disabilities. Presented at the symposium Brothers and Sisters: Their role in the life of a person with a disability, Centre for Disability Studies, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney/ The University of Sydney, Ryde, NSW, Australia.
  • Kramer, J. (2009, April). Time, springboard and launching pads: The outputs of a postdoc. Presented at the panel ‘Latest OT Research: Innovative Research and the Career Pathways of Scientists” at the 89th annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Houston, TX.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed

  • Cohn, E., Kramer, J., Schub, J., May-Benson, T. (in press). Parents’ explanatory models and hopes for therapy outcomes of occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kramer. J. M., Rubin, A., Coster, W. J., Helmuth, E., Hermos, J., Rosenbloom, D., Moed, R….. Keane, T. M. (in press). Strategies to address participant misrepresentation for eligibility in web-based research. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research.
  • Kramer, J. M., Roemer, K., Liljenquist, K., Shin, J., & Hart, S. (in press) Formative evaluation of Project TEAM (Teens making Environment and Activity Modifications). Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Kramer, J., Barth, Y., Curtis, K., Livingston, K., O’Neil, M., Smith, Z., Vallier, S., & Wolfe, A. (2013). Involving youth with disabilities in the development and evaluation of a new advocacy training: Project TEAM. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(7), 614- 622. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.705218
  • Liu, L., Pan, A., Chung, L., Gau, S. S., Kramer, J.,& Lai, J. (2013). Reliability and validity of the Paediatric Volitional Questionnaire- Chinese version. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45, 99- 104.
  • Kramer, J., Heckmann, S., Bell-Walker, M. (2012). Accommodations and therapeutic techniques used during the administration of the Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 (11), 495- 502.
  • Kramer, J., Olsen, S., Mermelstein, M., Bacalls, A., & Liljenquist, K. (2012). Youth with disabilities’ perspectives of the environment and participation: A qualitative meta- synthesis. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 38 (6), 763-777.
  • Kao, Y.-C., Kramer, J. M., Liljenquist, K., Tian, F., & Coster, W. J. (2012). Comparing the functional performance of children and youths with Autism, developmental disabilities, and no disability using the revised Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Item Banks. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(5), 607-616.
  • Kramer, J., Walker, R., Cohn, E., Mermelstein, M., Olsen, S., O’Brien, J., & Bowyer, P. (2012). Striving for shared understandings: Therapists’ perspectives of the benefits and dilemmas of using a child self- assessment. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32(1), s48-s58.
  • Bowyer, P., Lee, J., Kramer, J., Taylor, R.R., Kielhofner G (2012) Determining the clinical utility of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(1), 19-28.
  • Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkham, M. A., Haley, S. M., Ni, P., Coster, W. J., Kramer, J., Kao, Y., Moed, R., & Ludlow, L. H. (2012). Computer adaptive test performance in children with and without disabilities: Prospective field study of the PEDI-CAT. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(5), 393-401.
  • Haley, S. M., Coster, W. J., Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkham, M. A., Kramer, J. M., Ni, P., Tian, F., Kao, Y., Moed, R., & Ludlow, L. (2011). Accuracy and Precision of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adapted Tests (PEDI-CAT). Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53(12), 1100-1106.
  • Kramer, J. Coster, W., Kao, Y., Snow, A., Orsmond, G., & Moed, R. (2012). A new approach to the measurement of adaptive behavior: The development of the PEDI-CAT for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(1), 34-37..
  • Forsyth, K., Parkinson, S., Kielhofner, G., Kramer, J., Summerfield Mann, L., & Duncan, E. (2011). The measurement properties of the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool and implications for practice. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58 (2), 5 – 13.
  • Kramer, J. & Hammel, J. (2011). “I do lots of things”: Children with cerebral palsy perceptions of competence for everyday activities. International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education, 58(2), 121-136.
  • Kramer, J. M., Kramer, J. C., Garcia- Iriarte, E., & Hammel, J. (2011). Following through to the end: The Use of Inclusive Strategies to Analyze and Interpret Data in Participatory Action Research with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24, 263-273.
  • Taylor, R., Lee, S. W., Kramer, J., Shirashi, Y., & Kielhofner, G. (2011). Psychometric study of the Occupational Self Assessment with Adolescents After Infectious Mononucleosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(2), e20-28. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.000778
  • Kramer, J. (2010). Using mixed methods to establish the social validity of a self- report assessment: An illustration using the Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA). Journal of Mixed Methods Research,5, 72-76.
  • Kramer, J., Kielhofner, G., & Smith, E. V. Jr. (2010). Validity Evidence for the Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 621-632.
  • Kielhofner, G., Dobria, L., Forsyth, K., & Kramer, J. (2010). The Occupational Self Assessment: Stability and the Ability to Detect Change Over Time. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 30 (1), 11- 19.
  • Haley, S. M., Coster, W. J., Kao, Y. C., Dumas, H. D., Fragala-Pinkham, M. A., Kramer, J. M., Ludlow, L. H., Moed, R. (2010).  Lessons from Use of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI): Where Do We Go From Here? Pediatric Physical Therapy, 22(1), 69-75.
  • Dumas, H. D., Fragala-Pinkham, M. A., Haley, S. M., Coster, W. J., Kramer, J. M. Kao, Y. C., & Moed, R. (2010). Item Bank Development for a Revised Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics,30(3), 168-184.
  • Kramer, J., Smith, E.V. Jr., & Kielhofner, G. (2009). Rating scale use by children with disabilities on a self report of everyday activities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research, 90(12), 2047-2053.
  • Kramer, J., Bowyer, P., Kielhofner, G., O’Brien, J., Maziero-Barbosa, V. (2009). Examining rater behavior on a revised version of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE). OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 29(2), 88-96.
  • Kramer, J., Kielhofner, G., Lee, S. W., Ashpole, E., & Castle, L. (2009). Utility of the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool for detecting client change. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 25(2), 181-191.
  • Romero Ayuso, D. M., & Kramer, J. (2009). Using the Spanish Child Occupational Self Assessment (COSA) with children with ADHD. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 25(2), 101-114.
  • Kielhofner, G., Fogg, L., Braveman, B., Forsyth, K., Kramer, J., & Duncan, E. (2009).  A factor analytic study of the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool of hypothesized variables. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 25(2), 127-137.
  • Kielhofner, G., Forsyth, K., Kramer, J., & Iyenger, A. (2009). Developing the Occupational Self Assessment: The use of Rasch analysis to assure internal validity, sensitivity, and reliability. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(3), 94-104.
  • Kramer, J., Bowyer, P., O’Brien, J., Kielhofner, G., & Maziero-Barbosa, V. (2009). How Interdisciplinary Pediatric Practitioners Choose Assessments. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(1), 56-64.
  • Garcia- Iriarte, E., Kramer, J.C., & Kramer, J.M. (2008). “Who Did What?”: A Participatory Action Research Project to Increase Group Capacity for Advocacy. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities,22(1), 10-22.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

  • Kramer, J., & tenVelden, M . (in press). Enabling youth’s rights using the Child Occupational Self Assessment. In XXXX
  • Kramer, J., Liljenquist, K., Howard, B., Demir, M., Carter, E., Rosetti, Z., Brock, M. (in press). Social participation for youth ages 12-21. In J. Case-Smith & J. O’Brien (Eds.), Occupational Therapy with Children (x ed). XXXXXX
  • Kramer, J.,& Fisher, G. (2009). Occupational therapy. In S. Burch (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Disability History. New York, NY: Facts on File.
  • Hammel, J., Charlton, J., Jones, R., Kramer, J.,& Wilson, T. (2009).  From Disability Rights to Empowered Consciousness.  In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. Boyt Schell (Eds), Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 868-887). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
  • Henry, A., & Kramer, J. (2009). The interview process in occupational therapy. In: In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn,& B. A. Boyt Schell (Eds.), Williard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 342-358). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • Kielhofner, G., Forsyth, K., Kramer, J., Melton, J., Dobson, E. (2009). The model of human occupation. In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. Boyt Schell (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th ed., pp. 446-461). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Recent Grant Awards

10/1/12- 9/30/15
Evaluation of Project TEAM (Teens Making Environmental and Activity Modifications) – Effectiveness, Social Validity and Feasibility
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education
PI: Jessica Kramer

1/1/2011- 10/31/12
Giving Youth a Voice: A Collaborative Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Feasibility of a Novel Environmental Modification Training for Youth with Disabilities
Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund
PI: Jessica Kramer

October, 2009- March 2013
Computer Adaptive Testing of Adaptive Behavior of Children and Youth with Autism
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wendy Coster, Boston University
Co-Investigator: Jessica Kramer, Boston University

Other

Services and Committees

  • Act Today, Influence Tomorrow Advocacy Group, Boston, MA: Volunteer , 2008- 2011
  • Manuscript Peer Review
    • OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health Editorial Board, January 2011- January 2013
    • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy Editorial Board, February 2009- February 2012
    • Occupational Therapy in Health Care Guest Editor, Dr. Gary Kielhofner, Peer Reviewer
    • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research, Peer Reviewer
    • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Peer Reviewer
    • British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Peer Reviewer

Awards and Honors

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Dissertation Research Grant Award

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed occupational therapist, MA