Session 4: Paula Kramer


About Paula

Dr. Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, USA


I have been an occupational therapist for almost 50 years, practicing mostly in pediatrics, then in education.  I am a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Sciences, located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  My scholarly interests are in theory and the relationship of theory to practice.  I have co-authored and coedited 11 books on pediatrics, evaluation, and occupational therapy theory.

I have presented nationally and internationally on these topics.


Session Title

Occupational Disruption in the Pandemic: A Window into the Better Understanding of our Clients


Session Details

COVID has drastically changed the critically important occupations of many and has enhanced our understanding of occupational disruption experienced by clients with disabilities. Occupational therapists profess to understand disruption, but now have a personal experience of disruption. The pandemic provides a unique perspective on our clients’ experience.


  • Understanding clients’ occupational disruption through a personal experience lens
  • Acknowledge parallels between occupational disruption due to pandemic and the occupational disruption of illness/disability.


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