Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 31 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of online graduate courses.
Karen earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a master of science degree from Boston University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Karen is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland. Karen also received the 2009 Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003; and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award. The title of her Slagle Lecture was “PromOTing Occupational Therapy: Words, Images, and Action.”
In addition to being an occupational therapist, Karen is also a certified professional ergonomist and the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands) and is a consultant in ergonomics, marketing, and entrepreneurship.