Karen Cameron

Karen Ann V. Cameron, Ph.D., OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University                 
  • OTD Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed. East Stroudsburg University
  • B.S. Boston University


Dr. Cameron joined the Alvernia University Occupational Therapy Program in 1997. She has served the program as a faculty member, the Occupational Therapy Program Director and the Graduate Coordinator for the MSOT Program; as well as an advisor to the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

Dr. Cameron has over 25 years of experience as a registered occupational therapist and continues to engage in practice as an occupational therapist and consultant. Her primary area of practice is working with individuals with physical disabilities. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions and wellness promotion among individuals with disabilities. She has worked at various settings ranging from the acute care hospital to acute rehabilitation to long term care and outpatient care. She has served as a Director of Occupational Therapy and Area Director of Occupational Therapy. Additionally, she has been a co-partner in a sports medicine outpatient rehabilitation private practice. Dr. Cameron has been a clinical supervisor for occupational therapy, athletic training and medical students.

She also has an actve interest in wounded warriors and reintegration/transition following trauma. She has brought multiple groups of students to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid in Bethesda, MD. She has served as a guest speaker at the State of the Science Symposium at the former National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and has advised and mentored multiple students in their quest to become military occupational therapists. She regularly engages students in service activities to support wounded warriors, veterans, and military families including the Keystone Wounded Warriors 5K, troop holiday card and gift drives, and food drives for the local veterans and the veterans food bank.

Dr. Cameron is a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She has published in the International Journal of Occupational Therapy, the International Journal of Evidence-based Practice, and the Special Interest Quarterly of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has been featured in Advance for Occupational Therapists for developing clinical and academic research partnerships. She is co-author of the book Anatomy and Physiology: Clinical Concepts and is a regular presenter at national, regional and local conferences.

Dr. Cameron was awarded a Leadership Fellowship co-sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Cameron has a strong interest in accreditation and serves as a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE) for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; and has served as a team leader and accreditation reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dr. Cameron teaches courses within the Occupational Therapy Program in the areas of physical disabilities, research, wellness, activity analysis and adaptation, advanced theory and practice, leadership & management, and technology in occupational therapy. She additionally teaches courses on instrument design and analysis, and advanced qualitative research in the Alvernia University Ph.D. in Leadership Program. Dr. Cameron engages students in mentored research projects in such areas as evidence-based practice utilization in occupational therapy, service learning and impact on student competence and competitive leisure's impact status post acquired disability; and has invited students to present with her on such research projects. Additionally, Dr. Cameron has served as a chair and committee member of multiple Ph.D. doctoral dissertations. Dr. Cameron has also taught courses for the Honors Program that explored the role of occupations as everyday rituals; and exercise physiology within the Athletic Training Program.

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