About- Karen Jacobs

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Karen Jacobs, Ed.D., OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA is the master mind behind the promOTing Occupational Therapy to rOTary initiative and Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service (OTGDS).

In 2011, Karen received the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award. The Eleanor Clarke Slagle Award honors an AOTA member who has creatively contributed to the development of the body of knowledge of the profession through research, education, and/or clinical practice. Karen received the Award for Innovative Advocacy Linking Practice, Education and Research. Her lecture will be on April 27, 2012 at the AOTA conference in Indianapolis; and she will incorporate the promOTing Occupational Therapy to rOTary initiative in her lecture. She will acknowledge your participation in this initiative in her Slagle lecture.

Here is some more information about Karen:
Karen is a past president and vice president of the AOTA. She is a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland and the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Karen is the Boston University Sargent College Associate Dean of Digital Learning & Innovation, a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the on-line post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program. She earned a Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Karen’s research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, she examines the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among populations of university and middle school aged students, particularly in the use of notebook computers, iPads, backpacks, and games such as WiiFit (http://people.bu.edu/kjacobs/). She is involved in a cross institutional development and evaluation study of a tele-ergonomics intervention. This approach uses tele-health techniques for workstation ergonomic assessment and evaluation.

In addition to being an occupational therapist, Karen is also a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interdisciplinary journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands). She also provides consulting services in ergonomics and entrepreneurship.

Karen is the host of two podcasts, Lifestylebydesign and HealthMatters@BUSargent.